This is a dress I drafted and sewed myself a few years ago. It was the first dress that I had ever self-drafted. I held on to the measurements/diagrams/pattern in the hope to maybe one day share them with others through a paid or free pattern. Since I’m currently working on building a stock of pattern calculators, I plan to add instructions on how to make this dress. Funnily enough, my idea for this dress actually came from a maternity dress that I saw a picture of Kate Middleton wearing.
However, the plan was to wear it to a summer wedding so I decided to make it sleeveless. I have another Grecian style dress that ties up at the shoulder that I really like so I decided to add these to the dress.
Fabric-wise, I went for a soft teal jersey from John Lewis. I managed to find it reduced to just £8 per metre. It has a tiny hint of sheen to it which made it a bit classier and more suitable to wear to a wedding. The reason I went for jersey was that it is a bit more forgiving should the stitching not be straight, or something not quite right, and as mentioned earlier this was my first self-drafted dress. A lot of it was pure guesswork. The fact that it was jersey meant I didn’t need to worry about the fabric shredding and unravelling. I didn’t even hem it, I just made sure it was a clean cut.
Let me know what you think!