Just in case you are not familiar with this particular pattern, here are the details:
Pattern Company: Hallå Patterns
Pattern Name: Agnes Swing Top and Dress
Size range: women’s 00 to 30
Options included: various top and Dress lengths, different sleeve lengths, pockets.
And the best thing about this pattern is that it is free! See the details in the pattern listing for how to get the code.
I made this version sleeveless, which is an option that I hadn’t used before. We’ve been having quite a heatwave here in Melbourne, Australia and I needed something that would look nice enough to go out for a family dinner while being cool and comfortable at the same time.
There are a couple of specific features that I really like about this pattern:
There are bands, not bindings for the neck and armholes. These are so much easier and the finish is so much nicer.
The pattern is well-graded. So often when patterns are drafted at a particular size and then graded up and down to the different sizes. When the pattern is poorly graded there will be problems like having a neckline that is too wide, armholes that are ridiculously huge and width is added but not length. This pattern has none of those problems, the armholes and neckline fit me well, and the hem is level without a tell-tale unintentional hi-low hem.
The subtle shaping of this dress is what I love the most. This is not just a straight line down the side seam, there is a graceful curve that seems to be flattering on almost everyone, and there is just the right amount of swing.
This is a Single Brushed Poly (SBP) from So Sew English. This is the first time I have come across a SBP, I have used DBP a lot though. This fabric is soft and kind of feels like peach-skin on the printed side, and it is smooth and silky on the wrong side. So it was perfect to wear in the hot weather.
The colours of this print are so vibrant, and I like the navy background – just a small deviation from my regular black! I can see myself wearing this dress in cooler weather, layered over tights or leggings with a cardi.
This particular fabric is no longer available, but there are heaps of other SBP choices available.
Thanks for reading!