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This is Dalila dress, latest pattern from Atelier Vicolo N°6, relatively new indie pattern designer. I was lucky enough to be a pattern tester for lovely Francesca, girl behind this Italian brand, and this dress is my test version of her pattern!

Dalila dress comes in two options – short sleeved button down dress with a fitted waist, and relaxed A line dress with 3/4 sleeves. As you can see – I went for the second one and I absolutely love it!
With loose flared dresses there’s always a fear of ending up looking like you’re wearing a sack – for me, it’s tricky to achieve a flattering silhouette without waist definition. With that in mind, I was really impressed with super flattering fit of my finished Dalila! It’s all due to the very clever design feature – pleats running down the front of the dress. The pleats are strategically secured in place above and under the bust and then released in the skirt, which provides some shaping where is needed and lots of drape and swing in the skirt. Such a clever solution! It’s probably my favourite feature of the dress and the one that makes this design very feminine and original.

For my dress I decided to use red polka dot georgette I had in my stash for ages. This fabric drapes beautifully and I thought it would be perfect for this pattern. However, having the whole dress made in bright red polka dot would probably be too much so I paired it with some red viscose for the sleeves and the yoke. I really like the final look – this design is perfect for combining different fabrics and playing with colour blocking.
Also, the instructions call for an invisible zipper at the back, but I reckoned considering the loose silhouette I could probably get away without one. I just made the slit so that I can get the dress over my head and sewed the rest of the centre back seam closed, it worked like a charm!

I really love this dress! Now I want to make another one with short sleeves and in more structured fabric (something similar to this gorgeous version made by Giulia), and also one with the fitted waist. So many sewing plans, so little time!!!
Are you already familiar with Atelier Vicolo N°6 patterns? If not do give it a look, it’s worth checking them out!

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