But first, a few words about one of my favorite simple summer dresses, the Basics Dress from Cali Faye Collection. A tank dress is a summer wardrobe staple that can stand up to the most persistent heat wave. I like this design for its easy wearing drawstring waist, narrow shoulder straps, and scoop back.
The simple lines of a basic dress make for easy customization and modification. One pattern can become many different garments with the right alterations. I have sewn this pattern before exactly as written, so I was already familiar with the fit and construction. For this version I planned ahead and made a few modifications to fit my personal style. I added pockets, straightened the shirttail hem, and skipped the lining.
The fabic is Art Gallery Smooth Denim in Indigo Shadow. It’s a classic color, and light weight enough to gather nicely, but heavy enough that it is completely opaque. It’s great for skirts, tops and dresses.
This pattern calls for a full lining, resulting in exceptionally clean construction. I didn’t need a lining with this fabric, but I tried to make an equally nice interior even without one. Simple projects are a great place to focus on truly polished seam finishes. I used bias binding at the neck and arm openings, and French seams at the side and shoulder seams. The edges of the added pockets are bound with a few scraps of Liberty London from my stash. The channel for the drawstring is a strip of fabric sewn in with the waist seam, then folded over and stitched to the bodice completely encapsulating any raw edges at the waist. The drawstring is a piece of grosgrain ribbon.
Fast sewing projects, unlike fast fashion, don’t have to be disposable. I’ve been wearing this silhouette for years. With the extra care taken in finishing this dress, I’m confident it is a piece that will survive many wearings, and be a core part of my summer wardrobe for years to come.
Now for the fun stuff…
The winner of the July giveaway for Simple Summer Sewing is Nancy of @nmoodsewing!!! Congratulations Nancy, we'll be in touch! You’ve won our fabulous pattern and fabric prize pack from Petit a Petit Patterns, Lily Sage & Co., True Bias, Sew DIY. Thank you to our July sponsors!
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