Added May 16, 2010
This dress was made using just one pattern piece – not counting the casing which is optional. The pattern comes from the book One-Piece Wearables by Sheila Brennan.
The armholes are bound with bias tape made from the same fabric. I used a grosgrain ribbon for now, but may make a wider ribbon from the same fabric. The back seam (a French seam in this case) is the only one on the dress. Finished the dress with a nice roll hem.
Dress looks very nice with a belt or ribbon on the waist and will undoubtedly come out really well in dressier fabrics like silk too. I like the A-line shape which has a bit of the 60s feel to it.
The pattern from the book is very good with a minor niggle being that the position of the pleats on the pattern piece do not line up with the ones on the pleat template – as shown in the close-ups of the neckline where you can still see the purple markers.
The fabric is from Ikea.
1.2m cotton fabric, approx. 1.2m ribbon
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