A self drafted summer trapeze dress.

This trapeze dress is another of my makes for last year’s big summer holiday to Greece. Not that I’m reminiscing about holidays and the freedom to travel that perhaps we once took for granted!!

It is always good to look back and remember good times. I quite like how handmade clothes are a bit like photographs. I pretty much always have a reason to make a new outfit or garment and because of the time and effort involved it often adds to the memory of the event. Last years Greek holiday was the first overseas holiday since my kids had been born, so I was ill equipped with clothing for very hot climates. Leading up to the holiday I made everything I took apart from swimwear. Now when I wear the clothes or see them hanging in the wardrobe it instantly reminds me of the holiday. Needless to say lately there has been less wearing and more viewing in the wardrobe while I look at the rain out of the window.

The idea for this dress came from a lovely keyhole back neck detail I saw on a dress on Pinterest. I wanted the dress to be loose and flowy so it would be cool to wear in the heat. A trapeze dress is ideal for keeping cool. My fabric choice was a linen/viscose blend which has nice weight and a good drape.

I really liked the idea of this back detail, it is not as much as backless and there is no risk of any bra strap showing. Yet it gives interest to this simple style and is cool to wear.

I used a basic sleeveless pattern that I knew fitted me as a staring point. Lengthening the pattern and then cutting and spreading from the bust to create the flared trapeze shape.

I faced the back and front neckline and finished the armholes with bias binding. The keyhole shape inspired something else that I will be sharing with you in the next couple of months. I am hoping to reveal my plans in the next week or two here on my blog. To make the most of my plans you will need to be a newsletter subscriber!

Lets hope we are not too far away from the end of this horrible pandemic and we can have a holiday again.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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