The grape dress

This dress almost didn’t get made. You see when I first saw, and bought, this fabric, I thought it had a random swirly pattern. See what I mean?

However, when I was ironing it, after prewashing, I realised that they are actually grapes! Yikes, I wasn’t sure that I actually wanted a dress with grapes on it.

But I did keep coming back to it and eventually made it into this

I only had a metre of the grapes fabric so I used some black textured cotton for the back.

This was made using KS2627 again, with self drafted tulip sleeves. This pattern is also free so if you’re looking for a good, basic shift pattern give it a go.

I used this excellent tutorial from sewmanyseams. I also used both fabrics in the sleeves.

Checking out those grapes. Or perhaps realising that i did actually have shoes on this time….

I have used this pattern several times already. The first time I started with a combination of size L and XL. Then I used M and L. I have now decided that I’m going to do an FBA on the size M.

I have come to this realisation because on this one I took it up another couple of centimetres at the shoulder seams and everything fits better, especially the sleeves. Although of course this also raised the bust darts which then had to be lowered on the actual dress after they had already been sewn:)

I also think this soft drapey rayon it actually too lightweight for a dress. It probably would have been better as a blouse. And this pattern will make great simple woven Ts once I’ve done that FBA.

Oh, well. The dress is extremely cool and comfortable and easy to wear.

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16 Responses

  1. Angelinea says:

    The dress looks good, the pattern is very beautiful.

  2. Gaye Proctor says:

    Thanks very much.

  3. Well I am glad the grape dress was able to be made….so cute on you. A one of a kind!

  4. Gaye Proctor says:

    Thanks so much. I'm glad it got made too.

  5. Michelle says:

    It's a lovely dress, and I didn't notice the grapes until you pointed them out. I doubt anyone else would look at this dress and think “grape dress”.

  6. Gaye Proctor says:

    Thanks Michelle. I'm sure you're right about the grapes, but now that I've seen them, they're all I see:)

  7. RhondaBuss says:

    What could be better than cool, comfortable and easy to wear?!! I say the dress is a winner in every way!

  8. Gaye Proctor says:

    Thanks very much Rhonda. You're right it is a winner;)

  9. BeaJay says:

    This is a great summer dress. You don't even notice that they are grapes. A fun light casual summer dress – fantastic. I might even copy the style.

  10. Gaye Proctor says:

    Thanks BeaJay, and you're right it is a great casual summer dress. And it's a free pattern so you can't beat that. You can find it here.

  11. Linda P says:

    Your dress looks comfy and stylish. I like the way you've used two fabrics – I'm a great fan of fabric mixing

  12. BeaJay says:

    Wow – thanks – I will hop over and download.

  13. Gaye Proctor says:

    I'll keep an eye out for your version. Good luck with it

  14. Gaye Proctor says:

    Thanks Linda. Fabric mixing is fun,isn't it? I only found your blog very recently so look forward to seeing more.

  15. Louise Perry says:

    I like this dress especially the pattern on the front and plain on the back. Those sleeves are lovely too.

  16. Gaye Proctor says:

    Thanks very much Louise. The tulip sleeves were surprisingly easy.

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