I was in two minds about my next project. Part of me wanted to establish a really good skirt pattern. As my weight has significantly increased over the last 12 months my original sloper patterns no longer fit. Now you could say let’s get on and lose the weight and I am trying (and failing miserably) but I have some really nice dress lengths in my stash and fancied putting together a dress pattern that I could then start to adapt and change.
I considered several ideas from patterns in my stash:
The first is a vintage pattern – Vogue 9781 and the second a retro Butterick pattern 5707 although this image did put me off the Butterick pattern as it just looks a bit frumpy:
I do also like the Colette Peony and it does seem to be a bit of a favourite with the sewing bloggers.
I liked the clean lines of the dresses I have seen on other blogs. Handmade Jane who surely deserves the title of ‘Peony Queen’ has made 4 of these and they all look different:
I think this will make a great, staple dress for the office. This is the fabric I have selected for this dress. I think it will look good with a black cummerbund which I intend to make from black leatherette.