I’ve been attracted to very simple shapes lately. Easy to wear garments that are great for layering, have clean lines, and are quick to sew. Admittedly these are not always the most flattering things in my wardrobe, but I love the ease of wearing them.
I decided to sew up a quick trapeze dress this weekend much like the ones I have been seeing in ready to wear. I had some simple black Kaufman Essex Linen that I knew would be perfect for it.
I decided to use my Southport Dress as a base since I like the way that the bodice fits me. I simply took the bodice and eliminated the button placket but instead added a seam at center front for some interest. Then I used the slash and spread method to add fullness to the bottom, rotating the dart out in the process. You could do this with almost any tank or basic top pattern, although if you don’t want to draft your own the Sway Dress by Papercut Patterns or the Gabby Dress by Tessuti Fabrics are great examples of a similar style.
One thing that I love about dresses like this is that they are so easy to dress up or down. I am showing it here with heels, but it’s just as easy to wear with strappy flats for a more casual look. I am also super excited about the idea of throwing a loose cardigan over it once it’s not so hot.
Dress : Handmade, Fabric – Kaufman Essex Linen
Necklace : Maslo Jewelry
Shoes : Moheda Betty Clogs