It seems that the StyleARC Laura dress may become my go-to pattern when I have small amounts of fabric that need to be used. I still haven’t got the fit quite perfect, but it’s getting better every time.
This recent incarnation is a combination of black/white knit jacquard from the Darn Cheap Fabrics remnant bin, combined with Rathdowne Fabrics orange merino jersey scraps. And yes, that dress is SHORT! The length was entirely determined by the size of the remnant. And as you can see, there wasn’t much of it!
There is not a great deal more to report about this pattern. It is very straightforward but always has pleasing results. This is size 12, but with the back pieces enlarged considerably by cutting the back piece down the centre and spreading it as much as possible. This keeps the dress fitting snugly around the shoulders and upper chest while allowance enough room to fit around my girth. It could still do with a short back adjustment – I forget to do this every time!
I did seek some instagram input on the type of neckband to use. There was the option of plain orange, the black/white print, or the two together. As you can see I eventually decided to keep things simple.
When I asked Clare if this dress was too short, she said that it was fine as long as I wore stockings with it. So I am following her advice! I certainly wouldn’t be comfortable in anything any shorter. It is surprisingly warm to wear due to the merino yoke and sleeves. This pattern will definitely get another outing.
My previous Laura dresses can be found here.