Well hello! Remember when I sewed this “perfect summer maxi” and declared you’d be seeing a lot more of them on the blog? Well, August hit and I hadn’t made another yet, so I decided this recently-purchased ITY should immediately become a dress.
I didn’t want the two dresses to be exactly the same (my closet is already full of repeats, so I’m not sure why it bugged me this time), so I gave this one a curved hem. Will anyone notice the difference? Probably not, but it’s a cute detail anyway!
As with the tunic I sewed for my Mom, I used the curved hem of the Seamstress Erin Ultraviolet Tee for the rounded shape. I almost never put patterns away, so my most recent ten patterns or so are usually strewn around the room in easy reach. It’s surprisingly useful to be disorganised!
Previously I’ve used a stripe of knit to finish the curved hem, but this time I felt lazy and opted to just hem it normally. I serged the curve first with the differential feed set to gather, which is a really easy way to ease a curved edge into a hem! I did a tutorial on it years ago, and it’s a technique I use all the time.
(Oh, by the way, I’m wearing one of my new bralettes under there! And for those following along, I did make a 4th with really wide band elastic and more seams for shaping… but the shape is off and the additional seam really shows through clothes, so I’m going to put aside bralette making for a while!)
As with the original, the bodice is a double-layered Jalie tank hack, and the skirt is the Closet Case Files Sallie. The inner bodice front came out a bit short this time, which pulls the front waist a little higher than ideal. I’ll try to remember to fix that next time.
I’ve been pretty obsessed with this shade of blue lately: my Tribute project kimono, this dress, and one more tank to come! Have you favoured any specific colour this summer?