Hey Everyone! I’m Margo from the long lost blog…Creating In The Gap. I kid…I’ve just been a bit busy. Going back to school and starting a new career path has kept me away from sewing but I’m so lucky to have an amazing sewing community that pulls me back in just when I need it most!! Everyone needs friends like that!
I have always loved the simplicity of the Shoreline Boatneck top (aff link) and thought that I’d try it in the dress. And I love it!!
With a stash like mine… I didn’t have to look too far to find the perfect fabric. I bought this fabric from Blackbird Fabrics in this navy/white combo but also bought it in navy/gray as well. It was a toss up which way to go, but I felt that for this time of year the navy/white was a great choice.
This pattern was super easy and quick to put together. The sleeves are sewn in the flat. Meaning…they are sewn in before the side seams are sewn. Very easy. I was also pretty impressed that with the shape of this dress that I was able to get the stripes to match.
The only change I made to the dress was to shorten the sleeves. I had originally put the bell sleeves that come in the hack pack on it but didn’t like it on the dress. When I removed them, I decided that the sleeves needed to be shortened and also taken in for a nicer fit. I would actually cut a smaller size next time…especially in a knit fabric. Something to keep in mind if you make this in a fairly stretchy fabric like this bamboo knit. The fabric was so stretchy that I had to also hem it shorter…I never have to do that!!
Of course I love the shape of the neckline and I love that it is sewn with a facing. If you are like me and sometimes want to push things a little and not sew a facing and try to hem it without….please restrain yourself! I did and I’m so glad. I feel as though the addition of the facing gives this dress the stability it needs to hang and fit so nicely.
As I look at this dress now…pictures always give me a new perspective…I think that I will add a breast pocket to it. Just for added interest. Comfortable and casual t-shirt dresses were missing in my wardrobe and this pattern is perfect for filling that void.
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