This is a project I created several years ago in response to being asked for an adult version of the Little girls Rosie dress pattern. I had partly forgotten about it until I rediscovered a version I made for myself. I have the pattern drafted in sizes 8 – 16 which is available to use at any of my sewing sessions.
Like the Rosie dress it can be made single sided or reversible. For this version I used the reversible pattern substituting the reverse fabric for lining, this works really well if like me you prefer dresses lined. I made this dress in heavyweight charcoal linen, it would also work nicely in cotton, cotton blends, needlecord and medium and lighter weight denims.
This is a great project if you are just starting out with making your own clothes. There is no tricky fitting with this style, there are bust darts which provides useful practice as you are bound to come across darts before to long when making clothes.
Based on a finished dress length of 98cm from shoulder to hem.
Fabric width 1.12m/44″ – 2.20m all sizes
Fabric width 1.50m/60″ – 1.60m all sizes
2 x 30mm buttons
Fabric width 1.12m/44″ – 2.20m all sizes x 2 fabrics (one fabric can be lining)
Fabric width 1.50m/60″ – 1.20m all sizes x 2 fabrics (one fabric can be lining)
4 x 30mm buttons
If you have a one way print or need to do pattern matching you may need a bit more fabric.
I love dresses like this for everyday wear, its perfect to move about in as well as super comfy. I like to have pockets in everyday clothing, they are so useful especially when teaching or generally being a mum. For me I love supersized big deep pockets like these. However they are optional, the dress can be made with or without pockets.
You might even like to draft your own pockets for it. This could be part of your class and making process. There are other pocket styles you could have such as in-seam hidden pockets or patch pockets applied away from the seam. Pockets can be all shapes and sizes and a fun thing to draft.
The dress is just like the girls version, it has no zip or tricky fastenings, it pulls on over your head and fastens with nice big buttons at the shoulder.
I finished this one with a deep machine hem. As part of the class we can look at alternate ways to finish hems based on the type of fabric and the look you want.