I've been noticing some cute striped dresses popping up online lately. Not so many that it seems like a momentary trend or anything, but just enough to catch my attention. I've always heard that horizontal stripes aren't flattering, but I have to say, if the stripe is done just right, the look is quite nice.
Really, what could be better for spring and summer, than an easy, relaxed t-shirt dress with stripes? I've also been noticing some really nice striped fabrics, both online and in my "local" fabric store.
I decided I really wanted to try a horizontal striped dress. A simple, comfortable t-shirt style seemed like the perfect way to go about it, too. The look seems pretty versatile. Dress it up or down with shoes, jewelry, a belt, whatever your mood might be.
I love that these dresses are so simple and therefore easy to make. No zippers or closures, just an easy knit you can pull on and off.
Personally, I think a loose, easy fit is the best for me. And although I'm seeing a lot of really adorable short dresses these days, I prefer a more modest length- at least to the knee. All the more reason to make my own.
This dress is about the closest I could find to what I had I mind:
Pure and simple.
I chose New Look 6095, a simple sheath pattern for wovens. I figured it would work for a knit, too. The cover model is wearing a very cute dress with horizontal stripes and that helped me decide on this pattern.
The pattern is so simple- just a front and a back, and short, almost cap sleeves. The back has a center back seam, which I could have omitted, but chose not to, as well as vertical darts for shaping. I wanted a loose, "easy" fit, but I still need a little bit of shaping.
The dress is almost done. I just need to finish the neckline. The pattern provides a facing (since it was designed for a woven fabric) but I'm thinking about doing a narrow band in self fabric cut on the bias, or maybe just a narrow binding turned to the inside and top-stitched down. It also needs a hem, but that shouldn't take too long.
I hope to reveal the finished dress before the weekend is over. Unfortunately, I'm fighting an ugly spring cold that has me feeling drained and useless. Even if I can muster the energy to fire up the sewing machine, I'm not sure I want to risk sewing in my condition. I'd hate to have any mistakes so late in the construction process because I wasn't feeling good.
So what are you working on for spring? Is there anything on your "must sew" list right now?