Friends, as you probably already know, it's Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Or maybe it just was -- or is about to be. I'm very holiday-resistant, and with the exception of MPB Birthday, on January 23rd (which you should mark in your calendars if you haven't already), tend to get them all confused.
We were over at my brother and sister-in-law's last night to celebrate, and Prachee, my sister-in-law -- a fantastic cook AND marathon runner -- asked me if I would make her a dress. Since I offer to sew her something pretty much every time I see her, knowing that, busy as she is, she's unlikely to take me up on it, I was very surprised when yesterday she made a very specific request. I'm trapped. (Just kidding, Prach!)
It's the dress up top, a picture of which she snapped with her cell phone. It looks like a simple sheath dress with horizontal darts and a decorative halter-style neckline. I don't think it will be difficult to make, but I still want to work from a pattern and I'm having a hard time finding one that fits that bill.
To me this dress just screams Eugenia, or Elizabeth, or Rachel. I'm hoping one of them, or perhaps someone else, can steer me in the right direction. I've hunted a bit online, but I'm coming up short.
As you can see, the pattern below has a somewhat similar neckline -- but this McCall's dress is more of a maternity muu-muu.
For the dress itself I found this:
To be honest, I was a little surprised at how little there was to choose from and how difficult it is to find something basic, without gathers or fuss, and for a woven fabric.
So I am hoping somebody can help steer me in the right direction. It doesn't have to be one of the big three (or is it four?) pattern companies but I'd like it to be an in-print pattern, if possible, so I can get my hands on it easily.
I'm excited about making something for Prachee. But then again, I was excited about making a skirt for my mother, and a suit for Michael. Hopefully this will play out better.
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns. I also sew for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!