Bring your own sunshine
I’m a big fan of a few indie pattern designers because their patterns just fit me with minimal adjustments. Also, they are full of surprises and interesting details I love. Forget Me Not Patterns is one of them! I own most of her patterns and have made each of the patterns more than once.
Jo recently released the April dress, and I fell in love with it straight away. The wavy seam pocket option is intriguing and I haven’t done it before, so I just need to sew them 😆. The flat skirt and gathered skirt options are also clever. You could create two unique styles with this pattern, not to mention the endless possibilities for colour blocking.
When I first saw it, I immediately think of the raw silk noil I got from A + R Fabrics a while ago. The original plan was for a Cielo top, but knowing me, the motivation to sew a plain white top is rather low, so it got pushed down the to-sew list. I might as well use it for this dress! I wanted to make a colour block version, so I ordered some more silk noil in mustard from Trin. The fabrics are so soft and perfect for this dress.
I made a size 32 in the small bust version. I graded the bodice to a 34 at the waist and hip, and cut a 34 skirt. The wavy seam pockets are so fun to make. If you follow the instructions you’ll get two perfect pockets. I had intended to make the gather skirt version but my fabric wasn’t wide enough 🤦🏻♀️, so this is the flat skirt version in the longer length. I also omitted the tucks in the waist, and made a rouleau loop and button closure instead of a hook and eye.
So here it is, I’m wearing a light summery dress in such miserable weather, but bring your own sunshine, I’d say. I like the A-line shape and the 70s vibe of this dress. I think it will look very nice with the Lichen duster, which is on the cutting table at the moment. I look forward to sewing it up and wearing it with my new April dress!