Since I saw Lucy’s first sample of the Bias T-shirt dress with a contrasting panel I knew I would have to try this out. It has taken me a while to find the right fabrics for this as I didn’t want to settle for something that wasn’t right for me.
Sally from Modista sewing shared an online fabric store that I hadn’t heard of before, Patterns and Plains, so I went for a nosey. I couldn’t believe when I found not only the perfect fabrics for this dress, but they were also on sale! They sell fabrics in 0.1m increments so you can cut down on the amount of fabric left over after you finish and have a lovely selection of fabrics to choose from.
I got 2 meters of the Black colourway and 1.4m of the Sage green colourway as this was all they had left. If you are planning to make a contrast version like this you will need to measure the length of the front dress piece as this is the longest pattern piece you will need to fit on the contrast fabric.
Once I had all the pattern pieces out I got to work on figuring out which pieces I needed in which fabric. Most of this pattern is cut on a single layer anyway so that made it a little easier to figure out which way up the patten pieces needed to go, I just needed to take extra care with the sleeves. I cut the Front Dress, Back Right Dress and Right Sleeve in the green (pieces marked above with a green X). Once the garment was sewn up I did debate changing the back pieces to half black, half green but I stuck with all black as I loved it as it was and couldn’t wait to wear it!
The other change I made was to leave out the zip. I basted this seam together first and checked if I could get it on. I knew this was a possibility as I am able to get my previous dress on and off without using the zip.
I love this dress. The contrast fabric wrapping around the front is very flattering and so striking. The design elements make this a really interesting dress and completely elevate the look. I honestly cant get enough of it.
If you haven’t tried a pattern by Trend Patterns before I would really encourage you to take a look. Lucy is an amazing pattern cutter and her years of experience in the fashion industry are evident. I have already started on the Drop Shoulder Coat in a Green wool and I know it will be beautiful.
So in summery, this is now in my Top 5 favourite makes and patterns! Have you tried any patterns by Trend Patterns yet?