Little by little I've been gently nudging myself outside of my comfort zone. If you were to peek inside my wardrobe you'd find plenty of black, grey and a healthy sprinkle of colour (and probably shoes all over the place). What you wouldn't see is much pattern. If you count my recent dotty top then this dress brings the total to five patterned items!
This bleach boys ponti from Tessuti was one of my purchases at the recent meet up. At the time I wasn't certain what I would make - there were plenty of great suggestions including using it for a jacket, but I had a vague idea that I wanted a dress. I flicked through all my patterns and came up with Vogue 8742, it had the simple lines I was after but I knew I'd have to eliminate the gathers. The ponti is quite thick and would be too bulky all gathered up.
This pattern is rated as very easy and it really is. The princess seams make fitting adjustments really simple. As well as leaving out the gathers I also omitted the back zipper and scooped out the neck (it was way too high for my comfort).
I didn't read the instructions so I'm not sure how they suggest you finish the neckline but I used some black spotty bias tape (no idea why I bought it but I love it). I couldn't quite fit the full length sleeves on my fabric so I just cut it where the fabric ended and I quite like the length they ended up at.
I really love the way this dress looks - I think it's very flattering and it wears really well too.