This is not my usual choice of pattern. I tend to go for more fitted dress styles. On this occasion however I wanted something loose , comfy and cool to wear in 30+ degrees , with some arm coverage and covering the knees ( more makes for my holiday in Sri Lanka.)
I chose this Style Arc pattern – the Montana midi dress
and already had this summery cool viscose in my fabric stash.
It was bought from the Textile Centre in July 2019 for £7.75 for 2 metres
The construction of this dress is pretty simple – no zips, buttons or inset sleeves. Whilst the pattern gives a lined bodice, I also decided to line the skirt as the fabric being light coloured was a little see through without this. My lining is an extremely lightweight viscose that I bought in bulk specifically for this type of project.
I decided on size 6. ( 32.3 inch bust) And that’s when my love of slightly more fitted styles kicked back. Yes I know this style is meant to be loose, and the lack of fastenings etc is a big clue for this, but my first try on made me feel like I was being dropped into a sack ( albeit a pretty one). Not wanting to loose the comfort, coolness and ease that I originally wanted, my solution was to seam in the bodice from under the arms down to the “ waist” and add ties at the waist. Simple , but effective.
For me it has given the dress that little bit of extra shaping without compromising the comfort and coolness.
Here I am off on my tuk tuk tour of Colombo in the finished dress.
It fulfilled requirements.
It was cool and comfortable ( temperatures were about 34 degrees that day) whilst still being acceptable for temple visiting .
And added bonus, there was enough fabric left over to make a top ( Scout Tee )