In the next part of my #makenine sewing project (which may be turning into a make eight) I’ve recently completed a more formal version of the Avid Seamstress Day Dress. Although, I don’t know if I would describe the dress as coming from their pattern once you consider all modifications that I made.
To begin with, the bodice is entirely different and comes from the bodice pattern drafting class I did at Ray Stitch, in London, in May this year. I’m still not entirely happy with it – in particular, I’m not sure if the arm hole is deep enough. I think I need to try on some ready to wear clothes and probably deepen the arm hole by about 1cm.
I did the pleated skirt variation, using the tutorial on the Avid Seamstress blog. Do not use the tutorial – it is incredibly verbose and unclear and the numbers did not work for me. Further, I think the skirt pattern needs to be cut wider to enable deeper pleats.
Ultimately, this dress is a great option for occasions, rather than a work dress because it’s quite restrictive through the sleeves (which is why I think the arm hole isn’t deep enough!)
I absolutely adore the fabric – the Nani Iro sateen is lovely, and the print is fantastic. The metallic areas do feel a little thicker or firmer, but looks wonderful, so definitely worth it. I’ve bought another print from the fabric line for another dress.