A Finish – Round Trip Dress

I finished this dress from my list of many garments a week or so ago, but can show you it now as it’s the second day of Quilt Market, and the fabric it is made from will have been seen by buyers yesterday on the BasicGrey booth as part of the Moda showcase, so I’m not giving an exclusive.

This is a print from Mon Ami by BasicGrey. I got yardage in a package I went to UPS to collect a few weeks ago. There are bicycles and tulips and blenders and text and all sorts going on in this range. It’s quite autumnal or late summer in colour with a couple of blues, yellow, red and quite a dark green, as well as grey and white. To me it reminds me more of The Netherlands or Denmark, but I think it may be more of a Parisian inspired thing given the name. Anyway enough of this. More me-news on this line very soon…

This pattern was so easy to follow, didn’t have too many pieces and was pretty quick to sew up too. It wasn’t laborious in the slightest, which is a new feeling for me when it comes to dress making. I may be starting to like it! The only thing I still dislike doing is understitching, but the neckline really needed it.

It has little capped sleeves and deep pockets…


The front detail was tricky with the tiny fiddly button loop to turn right side out and the bottom of the slit wanting to pucker…

I found long lace zips at the Quilt and Stitch Village show and decided upon a feature exposed zip at the back rather than an invisible one, also I was too impatient to wait for an invisible one… I’m not sure this was my best decision ever.

I had to improvise at the top and bottom to keep it neat. I think it worked. I stupidly forgot to prewash the fabric though so it will be on a very gentle cool wash initially with my woollens.

The pattern goes by a couple of names and it has a sleeveless version with a collar too. It’s the Lisette Round Trip Dress, or Simplicity 1419, by Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S. I made size 12 with smaller seam allowances in the bust areas to make it closer to a 14 up top. I purchased my copy from Minerva Crafts.

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