You know once I turn a woven into a knit, it’s not long before I make a jumpsuit into a dress, right?
I wanted to make once last sundress for summer, and I specifically wanted it to hide RTW bra straps. I angle my me-made bra straps in at the back so that they fit better under cut-away shoulders, but now that I’ve bought a few bras, I need more clothes to match!
Amy really is bra-friendly, as you can see. To make it work-friendly as well, I halved the length of the straps and hiked up the bodice. I cut away under the arm about an inch to compensate. The only draw back is that the facing inside is no longer long enough to make into a shelf bra, so I tacked it to the side seams and it’s just a facing now.
Once I finished, I realised that my cute border print was going to get cut off when I did the hem… so I sliced the dress in half, shortened it, and added an elastic waist. I think it would have looked without it too!
So, how can you make your own Amy dress? Just fold back the crotch curves for the front and back pieces so that there is a straight centre seam. That’s literally it! I used an ITY knit, but it would be great in a bamboo or rayon, too.
This was a fun, fast sew – I made the whole thing while my husband watched a movie! Knit dresses are definitely my happy space – but I guess from now on I’d better stick to patterns with sleeves for fall!
If you haven’t seen it, the Amy tester roundup is here, and I think there’s actually really good representation of all sizes! Worth a look if you haven’t seen it yet.
What are your thoughts on the Amy jumpsuit? Did you get swayed by the release, or do you feel confident you’d never wear it? Do you already own something similar? I’m always curious when new patterns become the hot new thing – do we sew them because we want them, or because we are caught up in the hype? Let’s discuss!