As soon as I saw the Given a Chance pattern from Decades of Style, I knew I had to sew it. The yoke! And who doesn’t love a shift dress.
The same week it came out, I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of Carol Van Zandt’s new line, “Luna Lounge” from Andover Fabrics, Inc. I knew the gorgeous border print would make an amazing dress. And, I think it did.
One of the things I liked about the pattern was the yoke. When I read the instructions, I realized that it was a folded pleat, but I wanted to have two fabrics to showcase more of Carol’s line. In order to make it work, first I sewed the two fabrics together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure the fabric you use is in large enough pieces that the pattern pieces would fit if you try this technique. I pressed towards the black fabric which would be on the outside so the seam would lie nicely. I then lined up the outside pleat of the pattern on the seam, so the red would lie under the black, and cut out the front pieces.
Here are the two sides of the yoke:
Next I made the fold. On the left is the back, you can see the seam laying nice and flat. (This was my first time using stay tape, so please excuse the un-straight-ness!) On the left is the front side.
After I made these two front yoke pieces, I made the rest of the pattern as directed. Here’s a little shot of the yoke before it was sewn together. I love the way these prints and the red work together.
And another one-because look at those seams! The more I sew, the more I like seams. Sometimes I like the insides of the dresses better than the outsides.
Here’s the finished front:
I used the red, which is a textured solid also from Andover, for the back yoke also.
Overall, it was a simple pattern to follow and I think it turned out quite amazingly. I think it came together in about 3 hours? Pretty fast for a dress if you ask me.
One thing I would change: I decided to use french seams on all the seams though, and with the bulk of the fabric along with the folding and the lining, they turned out quite bulky in places. All that really means is I have to give it an extra press out of the wash.
Carol even got one of me wearing it to our East Bay Modern Quilters meeting. I like things belted-so I just tied a string belt I have from another dress.
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And-that’s it for the first post on Darci Sews! Phew. I can’t wait to show you more of what I’m sewing.