One of the challenges, at least for me, in creating a partially handmade wardrobe is finding patterns for pieces that fit my personal style. In addition to selecting the right patterns, finding a fabric choice that complements the pattern is key. As with so much that I do, I continue to find that putting some thought and effort in up front pay off significantly in the end result of a project.
I have a couple of other (purchased) gingham dresses in my closet and I adore them, so a large gingham print seemed a perfect choice for this simple sheath dress. At the time, I did not realize the challenge of using gingham but now I fully grasp it. To be able to have the pattern come out nicely with the gingham print lined up just right as each piece came together required very careful placement of pattern pieces on the fabric. To be honest, I had to recut a couple of pieces to get the perfect look and in hindsight, I think cutting as the pieces were needed might have been the best strategy, to ensure that everything would line up appropriately.
The dress itself was quite simple to sew and I am certain that if I used a less high maintenance print or solid fabric, it would have come together in no time. (See my detailed notes on this project at the bottom of the page.) I will definitely make this project again. Next I am anxious to try the variation with a front panel and play with color blocking. I’ll be sure to share the results when I do!
Overall, I adore the final product and I get compliments every time I wear this dress. As the weather cools, I plan to continue wearing it layered with a pair of black leggings, ankle boots, and a cardigan if needed.