I have been on the hunt for a sun dress pattern for a couple of summers now. What I had in mind was a dress that allowed me to wear a regular bra. There are plenty out there that call for strapless bras but I like my weekends to involve comfort and a strapless and comfort are never going to appear in the same sentence.
I came across McCall's 7118 and while I loved the look of it, strangely enough there were only a couple of reviews. I was particularly drawn to the lovely double strap detail at the back. A bit of research, however revealed that this dress is really low cut at the back and in fact sat well below bra line. It didn't require a zip so I figured it was an easy fix. A bit of draping over my mannequin and some careful measuring and I had my solution in the form of a raised back. I drew my new lines on my pattern and proceeded to cut the pattern out.
I had some lovely soft pastel linen that I bought from Cotura Fashions at the end of last summer in their sale ear marked for this sun dress. With no wearable muslin it was a bit of a risk using this fabric, but I went ahead boldly and cut it out. Apart from the fit, my main concerns were that the fabric was just a little shear and in the bright light of day it would be see through. After completing the dress I realised this was in fact the case. Rather than using a synthetic lining, I chose a light weight cotton lawn in white as a lining.
Despite the extra layer of lining, my new sun dress is lovely and cool to wear and really comfortable. I am quite keen now to have a go at one of the other views.