After the last success with this style of dress in striped fabric, I was keen to make a summer version. I have had this gorgeous piece of cotton lycra in my stash for a couple of months. I love this fabric so was a little scared about cutting into it. Whatever I made out of it, it had to be a success.
Once again, I used New Look 6071. I really like the mock wrap of this dress and the way the neckline sits neatly and is not too revealing. Perfect for busy Mum activities.
My original plan was to have a short sleeved version but after cutting out my bodice pieces, I realised that the stripes did not line up so I ended up using the fabric allocated to the sleeves for the new bodice pieces. Instead I added a band cut in the opposite direction and just over locked to the arm opening and top stitched. I actually like this look better. Striped sleeves may well have overwhelmed this dress.
This is how I wore this dress on Monday to walk the dog to the shops, cheer my son on at Touch Rugby, and an evening swim meet.
I particularly like knit dresses. They are just like my favourite comfy tee and can be dressed up and down as the occasion demands. With flats, this dress took me everywhere I needed to be in comfort on Monday. With a pair of heels, I would have felt equally at home in a restaurant or bar. In my quest to inject more colour in my wardrobe I think I may have set the bar high with this dress. I can't begin to imagine a dress more cheerful.