While browsing the Pattern Review website recently, I came across a call for pattern testers for this adorable dress - the 'elegant escape dress' by Savage Coco patterns (this link has the free pattern and instructions). I've always wanted to have a go at pattern testing. It's so exciting to be one of the first people to make something. Also, the pattern was in my size. I was in! I downloaded and printed the pattern quick smart before Savage Coco could change her mind!
The dress design was inspired by one worn by Romy Schneider in the movie 'La Piscine'. It is a simple sheath dress made more stylish and interesting by the addition of shoulder piecing, side gussets and lots of top-stitching.
The other change I made was to leave the dress unlined. I have a couple of lined dresses and I never wear them as it's just too hot in Perth for a lined dress. On cooler days, I prefer to have my legs covered so don't wear them then either. I finished the neckline and arm holes with some lycra binding used as bias binding.
To compensate for the lack of lining, I used a medium to heavy weight fabric for the dress. Now Ikea fans may recognise this fabric from their upholstery range. Let's just say that I can't sit next to certain cushions in my house while wearing this dress and leave it at that! Apart from looking like a cushion, I think the colour of the fabric is lovely and the print is not so busy as to obscure the topstitching on the dress. I love the topstitching on this dress.
I cut the pocket flaps (these are pretend pockets) and side gussets from some unprinted pieces of my fabric for contrast. I tacked the pocket flaps down with a single thread on either side to hold them in place. Unfortunately my son broke the threads on one pocket just before these pictures were taken. "Why are there no pockets in there mummy?"
I wore this dress yesterday to visit the 'Unveiled' wedding dress exhibition at the WA museum. I went with my Mum and we both spent a very happy hour or two admiring the designs and workmanship of wedding dresses from the 1800s to the modern day. A most delightful girly outing.
I felt fittingly glamourous in my 'elegant escape dress'. I love the style and the dress is so cool, comfortable and flattering to wear. It skims over all lumps and bumps and just feels fabulous. The dress was moderately time consuming to make but not overly difficult. The tutorial pictures and instructions are very helpful. Thank you to Savage Coco for the opportunity to try this lovely pattern.