An effortless Summer dress featuring double pleats at the bust, kimono sleeves and a panelled a-line skirt. Variations include both slash and v-neck options, plus midi and maxi skirt possibilities and a dramatic thigh high split. Super quick and simple to make, cut it short for the perfect festival dress, or make it worthy of the red carpet with a maxi skirt and thigh high split.
A suburban London girl, with roots in Canada and India, Anna charms everyone she meets. Softly spoken and thoughtful, Anna has her head screwed on completely right, and above all values time with her friends, her family and her man. One of the first things you notice about Anna is her impeccable taste. Having studied as a fashion designer and worked as a stylist, she loves fashion, but sees it through an artful prism. A natural aesthete, her blog is full of quiet images of long hair, dreamy blurred detail and moody landscapes. She is never obvious, pairing a traditional feminine shape with a big clumpy black shoe and intricate gold rings. Excited about life and naturally curious she is always trying to learn new things. Which may explain why she manages to be a fashion illustrator, work as visual merchandiser for a big London department store and oh yes, has also set up her own leather accessories label. Basically, she’s one of those infuriatingly talented people that seems to simply be good at whatever she touches! Couple this with some sweetness and brains and you’ve got someone we’re damn proud to have as part of the gang.
What you will need:
- Your fabric
- Tape measure
- Tailor's chalk
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Hand sewing needle
- Matching thread
- Dress makers shears
- Tracing paper (optional)
- 22" invisible zipper
- Hook & eye
Lightweight woven fabrics with a bit of body are ideal – rayon, silk crepe de Chine, silk charmeuse, chiffon, wool crepe etc. However, stable fabrics will work too, such as – quilting cotton, lawn, batiste, shirting, voile, Broderie Anglaise, silk habotai etc. Try stitching pennies into the hem to give your skirt more schwing!
|Variation 1 & 2 (both maxi length)|
|UK 6-12 / US 2-8 needs 4M / 4.4YDS|
|UK 14-16 / US 10-12 needs 4.5M / 5YDS|
|UK 18-20 / US 14-16 needs 5.2M / 5.7YDS|
|ALL SIZES need 3.5M / 3.8YDS|
|Variation 3 (midi length)|
|UK 6-12 / US 2-8 needs 2.6M / 2.85YDS|
|UK 14-20 / US 10-16 needs 3M / 3.3YDS|
ALL SIZES need 2.5M / 2.75YDS