The D Dress

 Although I enjoyed making my past two shirt dresses, I headed in a slightly different direction for my D Dress – towards a new Indie Pattern by The Avid Seamstress: the Day Dress. I bought this pattern after coming across a blog post by What Katie Sews. I used some denim-look cotton from Fabworks for £5 per metre, and only used about half of the 4m I had purchased as it was 60″ width.

 I enjoyed this make, and found the instructions and photos easy to follow. There were a couple of methods, such as using elastic to gather the skirt, and the one-step sleeve insertion, that were a bit different from my previous makes, which again I quite liked. I included pockets but made no other alterations. The invisible zip went in nicely and the facings worked well. A pleasant make, and a staple wardrobe item that I have already had a fair bit of wear from.

 I do wish it was an inch or two longer, and have lengthened it on subsequent versions – cue my E and F dresses. Other than that, it’s lovely to wear and again, nice for school or for weekends and evenings. It’s also a perfect style for spring weather as can easily be layered, or not, depending on the weather.


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  1. This is a great series! My favourite so far is the arrows dress. Amazing to think you will have 26 dresses at the end of it. Have you got the fabric for all of them, or do you need to go fabric shopping?

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    1. Thank you Ruth 😊 I have a plentiful supply of fabric but I’m not going to rule out fabric shopping – especially until the end of the duration of making all 26!


  2. I think you are getting better and better with your dressmaking.and it is often the little things with the detail makes a lovely garment.I particularly liked the Navy dress you made.but they are all lovely.


    1. I do like the length, and the dress, I just don’t want to look like too much of a hussy at work haha! 26 would/will be an achievement – and it reminds me that I should really settle down to begin my H dress soon!


  3. This dress reminds me of a couple of RTW staple dresses I bought from Debenhams, so it’s great you’ve found a similar pattern! Such a bargain for the fabric, very versatile!


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