Just last week I modeled a Dress No. 1 that our amazing sewing instructor Krystal Thomas made as a class sample. As soon as I put the dress on, I knew I needed to make one for myself. We've carried this pattern for a bit and Sonya Philip herself has even been here to teach this dress so I'm not sure what took me so long. Dress no 1, I love you and need more of you in my life.
This dress is a simple and flattering a-line shaped dress with over-sized patch pockets. It's a great first garment, and Sonya's instructions are wonderful. Even though this dress is simple - just a front and back piece, pockets, and bias strips for finishing - I learned a lot of new techniques. The instructions for this dress include instructions to customize the neckline shape and depth as well as where you place the pockets. The neck and armholes are finished with bias binding you can cut from your fabric or use another fabric as they are turned completely to the inside of the garment. Overall, this came together quick and was simple and satisfying to make.
I chose to use this new Japanese voile fabric. It is so light and airy! We have a ton of new Japanese prints in right now and this dress pattern is perfect to show off a large-scale print. This dress is going to be a go-to this summer and I hope to make some more before the weather gets warm.