I've already written a full review of this pattern when I used it for its intended purpose - a Tee. I've been experimenting a lot with modifying patterns I like and I think converting a top to a dress ( and vice versa) is one of the easiest mods. Another added benefit is, you know it will fit because you already love the top.
So I had a little over a yard of this novelty cotton/poly knit from Tex-Styles in Austin and a glittery rayon lycra gray which was perfect for underlining this knit. I had originally wanted this to be a top but I knew I would have difficulty pairing this with another separate so I thought of making it into a simple shift dress.
When I started looking at some shift patterns, I didn't find anything which I liked. I also didn't have much fabric to play with so sleeves weren't an option. Enter: Kimono Top...
Perfect! I first lay both the fabrics on top of each other to make sure that I have enough of both and then placed the pattern pieces (there are only two!) and when I was convinced that I had enough fabric, I started cutting.
I didn't even make a pattern, I just extended the hem and added a little more flare at the bottom (not much) to as much as I could. The dress is a little shorter than what I would have liked but it'll have to do.
Then I simply sewed the top (dress) as a single layer. I narrow hemmed the neckline and the hem with my coverstitch. For the neckline, I first added a strip of clear elastic so it wouldn't stretch out and then turned under and top stitched.
I left the sleeve edges raw. They hang better this way.
To embellish this dress, I contemplated adding this trim and posted question on facebook but in the end I decided that I would rather have the option of styling it when I am wearing it for a fancier occasion, so I left it as is. I will use the trim for some other purpose.
I love it! Its so comfortable and so stylish. I can wear it with boots in winter with a cardigan and a scarf or with cute sandals in the summer. I will most definitely be making more of these shift dresses.