I had a few frustrations with this pattern, however the end result is cute. It being a simple pattern helped it come up from a 2 rating. Overall the dress is a lovely with is gather neck line and tent shape. It is perfect for a hot summer day when you still want to look dressed up. When it’s safe to interact with people again I’m sure it will be worn to a festival or outdoor concert.I was planning to make a jumpsuit with this fabric for this month’s Fabricista post but Johanna of Sew Very Jo (blog, IG) mentioned she was sewing this dress and I decided to make it too. See her’s here.
This is the first pattern that I’ve sewn by Beaute J’adore and while I like the finished product that pattern has a few issues. So much so that I created a sewalong video while sewing it because I thought it would benefit others. You can watch is here.
This cornflower blue tencel chambray is from Fabric Mart. It is smooth and lightweight with great drape. The gathers in this dress are great, because while not sheer this fabric is a bit transparent. Unfortunately this fabric has sold out but they have a lovely selection of linen chambray, here.Chambray is easy to work with, though it is a light fabric it isn’t slippery. It is often made with linen, tencel, cotton or a blend. It often comes in blue and looks like denim, but it can come in any color. Use needle a size 11 needle for wovens. It’s easy to work with as it sews and presses well.
The instructions have you attached the straps on the inside of the dress and topstitch, instead I encased the straps in between the facing and bodice pieces. I didn’t want to topstitch of the gathers and the straps seem more secure this way. I show you how to do this is the video.If I sew this again I would size down and I’d definitely add pockets which Johanna can walk you through as she did a tutorial on it, here.
Pattern: Beaute J’adore Swing Maxi DressPattern Description: Women’s double strap swing maxi dress PDF pattern.Sizing: 6-18Difficulty: 3/IntermediateFabric Used: Cornflower blue tencel chambray from Fabric MartDoes it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? YesWere the instructions easy to follow? Not really, but the dress is simple enough that if you’ve sewn a dress with a facing you’ll be just fine.Did I make in alterations? No but I should’ve sized down and added pockets.Would I sew it again? Maybe, but probably notWould I recommend it to others? If you like the it’s not difficult to sew, but I’d advise new sewists to try another pattern.