Hello there peeps, I have a special treat for you today, my take on a high street dress. Occasionally I will browse the shops with a view to buying something to wear but mainly to get inspiration. Little did I know at the time, that my new favourite thing (scuba fabric) is hitting the shops in dress form and is trending at the moment?! I toyed with the idea of buying the one I had seen (for about 5 minutes) whilst at the same time franticly running through all my patterns in my head before I made the decision to leave the shop empty handed.
The pattern I had in mind was, Simplicity 1873. However, I was slightly conscious that the pattern might be a bit on the young side for me and needed the ideal fabric to turn it into to something a little more appropriate. I headed straight to Abakhan Fabrics in Manchester to make my purchase.
So, the scene was set, I decided to make option B – as the cooler weather is drawing in, I didn’t want to wait until next summer before I could wear it, so the high neckline was a top priority (and it also looked like the one in the shop). Next up, the sizing. Scuba dresses are renowned for being a little on the snug side shall we say, so I decided to make a smaller size than I would normally. Finally, my alteration, I decided not to line the bodice as the pattern suggests, so I made my own neck and armhole facings.
The construction consisted of pleats, darts, pleats, facings, pleats, concealed zip and…..oh yes I almost forgot, pleats. I have to admit I didn’t follow the pattern to the letter to make the dress, I have made so many now, I can almost do it with my eyes shut. I tend to make it up as I go along and put it all together in my own order. I pulled the pleats together and attached the side skirt panels before I started the bodice and facings (I was really pleased they worked, my first time making them was a success! Where will it all end I ask myself?)
Not much else left to say, concealed zip, matching seams, hem, pleats (only joking I was just dreaming about them at this point). The dress, is a dream to wear, the drape of the scuba fabric works really well and the weight makes it easily wearable at this time of year, I have already partied in it.
So satisfying to sew a modern dress that you would actually choose to buy off the high street with such success. Looks fab!
Thank you, especially as I didn’t have to go hunting for the right pattern, I already had it and thought I would never use it 🙂
Looks fab! The styles really flattering on you 😃
Thank you, it’s lovely to wear 😊
Great looking dress.
Your dress looks wonderful. I’m creating the same dress and thinking about using black scuba knit fabric. Did you have to make many alterations to accommodate the fabric change? Thanks.
Thank you. I find garments made from scuba are well fitted so the sizing is important. My material was quite thick, so the bodice didn’t need lining, I made armhole and neck facings to compensate. Have fun, show me a picture when you’re finished 😊
I didn’t end up using scuba, but I did make the dress. Lol.