It's still a little sunny outside, so we squeezed out one last summer dress before it starts to rain! We went back to basics with our latest design. It is a fully hand sewn dress, made of a double sided linen with silk charmeuse lining.
We dug into our pattern archives to create this dress. Over a year ago, we made it in white linen! The delicious design elements that make up this dress are as follows.
Almond Shaped Armhole
Armholes can be just as sexy as necklines right?! A normal shaped armhole is an oval shape. Here we decided to create an almond shaped armhole instead. A little side boob perhaps?!
Fun Fact: This one is for the pattern drafting peeps out there. On a 2D level, armholes take on the shape of a wine glass when placing the side seams together. Red, white, perhaps champagne? There are different kinds for each body type.
Asymmetrical Hand Sewn Hem Finish
Hemming this dress was the most time consuming step in the entire process. Flared garments create a large hem opening and it was x2 in this case with linen and silk. We opted for a double fold with a blind slip stitch finish.
SEWING TIP: To avoid the frustration of your sewing thread being caught up in the pins on the freshly pressed hem, hand baste the hem flat with a contrasting color.
Center Back Seam
Adding a center back seam not only adds weight, but is also an interesting detail to give to an otherwise simple dress. We had a huge DUH moment after cutting out the silk lining. The front dress was suppose to be be cut on fold, while the back was cut two to create a CB seam. Well, we where in such a rush that we reversed the cutting on the front and back lining! SO in turn, you will see a center front seam in the lining. C'est la vie! Happy accidents are the best!
Soft silk lining was a must for this design. We think its fun to show the insides! We even left the basting threads in for your viewing pleasure.
Voila! Our design is complete. What other colors would you make this dress in? We're thinking a dark grey for layering in Fall.
Designed, photographed and written by Sheila Wong Studios