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Summer Dress

A more recent project is a cool, loose-fitting summer dress of my own design. It was my first project making a dress pattern from my bodice and skirt blocks. I don’t have any photos yet; what you see here are my sketches of different versions of the garment.

This first sketch details the princess seams, pleats and hem band, and might be constructed of a cool linen or linen blend.

This next sketch is the version I made as my first project, featuring a cotton-linen batik-esque flower print on midnight blue background; and midnight blue cotton shirting for the front and hem bands, and back center panels.

Although I also used the print on the back skirt, I don’t show it in this sketch in order to show the lines of the pleats.

China silk was used for the bodice lining and a sewn-in half slip under the skirt.

I’d originally intended to make the bodice side-panels out of turquoise linen that matched the turquoise leaves in the print, but decided the dress would be more flattering without that additional complication.

Again, the print was also to be used on the back skirt but I don’t show this in the sketch in order to show the pleats.

Denim Western-Style Dress

I’ve lost my old drawing tool; the one I’m using doesn’t offer as many features. Consequently this sketch is a little crude.

Basically I start with the summer dress pattern above, then add western-style yokes to front & back, a button-front on the bodice, and short sleeves with a shaped cuff. Still working on the neck - may add a Peter Pan collar. I have not yet started drafting this design.

I’d like to find a linen denim, but a lightweight cotton denim will also work. and I’ll use buttons made from old buffalo nickels.


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