Friday, 28 March 2014

Easy Short Sleeve Dress: Take 2

Hello everyone! It's another Friday afternoon where I've let myself finish work early, so I thought I'd come and show you my latest finished creation. Here it is, my 2nd version of the Pattern Runway Easy Short Sleeved Kimono Dress...

This really is a super easy pattern; my original version (here) was one of the first garments that I sewed for myself, and even with my limited experience at that point it was fairly straightforward. Now that I've had a bit more practice, it came together really quickly, which is always nice and satisfying.

For my first version, I used a poplin and I said at the time that I thought it might be better in a fabric with a little bit more drape. This time, I used a lovely lawn that I found half price in the sales after Christmas (Minerva also have it here if you want some bright flowers in your life!), and I am happier with the end result. Looking back at that blog post, I think I also realise how much easier I find it posing for blog photos now. Don't get me wrong, I'm no model by any means but I used to HATE it, now it's bearable at least!

I didn't completely love the dress when I first tried it on, but then I realised I just needed to add a belt to it - the waist of the dress is elasticated anyway but I need a bit of waist definition or else I end up looking like a bit of a blob. Luckily, I have a couple of belts that go really well with the dress, so I decided to go crazy and use two different styling options for these photos. It may have been sunny while I was posing for them, but it definitely wasn't warm enough to be hanging around in a cotton dress without any layers under/over it and I did get a couple of funny looks!

Having taken two different sets of photos shows how versatile this dress could be - it looks good layered up while there's still a bit of a chill in the air, but will be good once it's warmer too, and it can easily be dressed up or down. Definitely a good addition to my wardrobe.

This button is the only fastening on the dress, which is one of the reasons why it's so quick to sew up and why it's a good pattern for beginners. It's also quite a relaxed fit so you don't need to worry as much about fitting issues as you do with some patterns.

All in all, another successful project as far as I'm concerned! It's being worn layered up for now, but I'm looking forward to the weather being warm enough to wear it on its own - and with the sun shining through my window this afternoon that time isn't feeling as far away as it has been recently!


  1. Roll on sunshine and spring then it will get loads of wear. It's a great fun dress. I know what you mean about posing for blog photos the more I do it the less selfconcious I become. But I don't think it will ever come naturally to me!

    1. Thank you - yes, it's already had a bit of wear and I think it'll be getting even more as the sun comes out more!

  2. This is gorgeous! I looks like the perfect dress for summer - simple and chic :)

    You'll stop being self conscious about taking photos after a while - it'll become second nature :)

  3. Lovely dress! And I really like how you paired it with the black tights and both belts! You look already so summery in the sunshine photo shoots :)

  4. Ruth, me again. Just to let you know I've nominated your blog for a liebster award. I love it every time I see a new post ping up from you. Louise x


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