LOTS OF LEOPARDS- THE PERFECT '2020' DAY DRESS
A guest blog by Laura, The Specky Seamstress
You can't beat a comfy day dress, can you? Although 2020 might have led lots of us to be reaching for the loungewear - its led me to really think about my wardrobe and the comfort it gives me. I came out of my early lockdown pyjama party work from home stage and realised how much good the act of being 'properly dressed' does for my mental health (and it makes a pj day all the more special when they do roll around).
But, before you get carried away thinking ball gowns and heels, I'll take you back to the 'secret pyjama' vibe I've been going for. I've always loved a dress - a complete outfit in one is great for my slightly haphazard style and there's something lovely about swooshing around the house. But 2020 has certainly changed the dresses I've reached for - as I look for comfy, soft flowing fabrics and dresses with a bit of give - I haven't been reaching for close fitting bodices that's for sure! But, I do like the silhouette of a good fit and flare, so I think I've hacked the perfect go to dress for me.
The Cashmerette Montrose pattern comes as a top - and I've made several - I love the fit. But with a few mods, it does the job perfectly. I make the 18c/d - with added waist darts at the front, and waist ties at the back - chopped off at the waist with a gathered skirt. Simpler than it sounds - the hardest part is getting the waist darts right for you - but with a toile or two - and some practice (I've done this on a few patterns now), it's not too difficult a change to make. I like the addition of the waist darts as it gives a bit more definition - the front still is quite fitted but its loose and flowing at the back ready to be cinched in with the waist ties if desired.
And what a nice canvas for a beautiful fabric! I have a real soft spot for this print - I have it in three colourways now and if it came in more I'd buy them again. The slight texture to the flowing linen viscose gives it a real luxurious feel - and the leopards are quirky but understated - not immediately obvious at first glance. I love a fabric that's unusual but not immediately novelty. The soft background in all of the colourways make the whole range really versatile. My only question is what to make with the aqua version now!!
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