Sun dress – using Surefit dress kit
I like the style of NL6789 but I have some fit issues with NL – they seem to run big on me so I decided I would use my SureFit blue print pattern to create a similar looking dress.
Surefit blue print pattern
The blue print pattern has a horizontal bust dart and a vertical darts front and back. This pattern is created by using your own measurements. I did need to do some tweaks on my blue print toile notably a small high round back, sway back alteration. I didn’t like the armhole fit so I used one that works from a vogue dress pattern. I also did a small fba to get a better fit around the bust to fit my E cup girls. I have made 2 dresses using this blue print pattern one as is and the second with a armhole princess line – both fit quite well.
Sun dress pattern
I traced off a copy of my basic blue print and using the booklet that came with the SF dress kit I marked where the pattern pieces would need to be cut off and traced off the front and back bodice pattern pieces. Then I rotated the bust dart into the shoulder and then cut the pattern down through the newly created shoulder dart and the vertical darts. The SF dress booklet has clear instructions on how to do this. So now I have a new shoulder princess seam dress pattern to use.
I used the markings that I made previously to cut out my sun dress pieces. I needed to take 1” wearing ease out from under the arms to get a snug fit for the bodice. I piped to bodice edges. I used the basic blue print pattern for the lining as this meant I had less seams to sew.
The fabric is cotton with some spandex.
I wore the dress this week at a conference held on vineyard - it is summer here so nice and warm
I am sorry the dress looks a bit wrinkled in the photo but it was the end of a long day when I took the photo in my hotel room.
I am really pleased that I bought the Sure Fit dress kit. It is very flexiable and reduces time as now I tend to be brave and hack into my fashion fabric with reasonable confidence that the garment will fit.