The Summer Picnic Dress
Added Dec 19, 2011
This was a dress inspired by the fabric, which reminds me of a checked picnic blanket.
I created it by copying the pattern from two existing garments – the bodice from a dress and the skirt from a 6 panelled a-line work skirt that has a beautiful drape, both sewn for me by my Mum before I was interested in sewing. I drafted the pattern myself by pinning and tracing each piece of the garment one at a time onto newspaper (boyfriend’s a journo so I have a mass of the stuff around the house), then sewed up a really rough muslin to make sure the whole thing worked. Amazingly, it did!
The dress is fully lined and cut on the bias. I didn’t add any closures as the bias provides some stretch, but a bit of wiggling is required to get it on. I sewed the skirt with French seams (first time, I’m an addict now!), and blind hemmed the skirt too, as well as top stitching the bodice top and straps.
I love the 50’s feel of this dress, makes me wish I could travel back in time and go to a milk bar wearing it. Seeing as that’s not possible, a picnic will do instead.
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100% Cotton, with stretch between the grain.