This is a little 60s in shape, 70’s in stripes and frayed finish. But super simple dress that was a joy to design and sew!
This is the Brigitte shift dress from Simple Sew (free from LoveSewing’s website).
It is truly a begginer’s dress, with straightforward instructions. I did tweaked the fit a little bit: lower bust darts, adjusted back darts and forgone facings in place of lining.
I also wanted to get the most of this striped wool suiting I found in the market at the end of Seven Sister’s road (a tiny little stall with incredibly inexpensive fabrics), so I decided on adding a front middle seam and cutting the fabric at 45”. I am glad I took my time with cutting and matching the stripes, front and back 😀
Also decided on raw edges to enhance the bohemian vibe… not sure about that one, though. After setting on the hem length and squaring off the hemline, I stitched a line about 2 cm from the edge, to secure the weave. Then took a while with my seam ripper fraying the weave up to the stitched line.
I am happy with the result, though I started to feel it is to old-looking, serious-black-type and high-neckline type of affair… Maybe it is just the start of spring that is getting into me, and hopefully come back Autumn I’ll be craving for it!
Mainly I have been wearing it for work with a belt, to warm up the black, tights and oxford-style heels.