A (second) Sundress in September

You’ll have to take my word for it that I finished this one in September, being intended as it was for this little sewing incentive that I got going at the start of the month. I may have gone very hard on Friday 30th September (which serendipitously coincided with a public holiday) but finish it I did….just.

A few months back, I went on a pattern hunt after I saw this frock and decided that yeah, a red sundress was something I could well love in my largely monochromatic life. Style-wise, that design is pretty similar to this dress I made earlier in the year so it was ALL about the buttons really. And then I found vintage Simplicity 6453 and I was immediately sold on that little white number that is version 3.

The fabric I used is our gorgeous Italian heavyweight linen, Ruby Solino (also available in these colours).  I went with the heavier (360gsm) linen because I was initially going to do the fitted skirt. But then one day I went Pinterest-ing, spied this and this (blue) dress and got quickly swayed from a pencil to an a-line skirt. I decided to use self covered buttons and these were done to perfection at Buttonmania.

Regrets? I have a few. I left off the pockets and my hands have already made several subconscious visits to the exact place where they should be. The idea’s there to maybe add patch pockets but the reality of whether or not that happens is another thing. I could also do with a pattern adjustment  where the front underarm sits pretty high which is (I think) a by-product of shortening the straps so that they don’t slip off.

A big shout out to those of you who joined me in making A Sundress in September and hope we get to do it again next year.