Last year was a really busy one here for all of us at Sew Over It. We launched loads of new classes, released three new patterns and of course, opened a second venue! Oh and I was working like crazy on my second book (due out in June!). By the end of the year I was exhausted, physically, mentally and creatively.
It took a while for the ideas to start creeping back. Thankfully, eventually they did. Our dresses are our bestsellers and I knew I wanted to design a new dress for the summer. Something versatile, simple to sew and flattering to lots of figures. Grace was born!
I am a sucker for a fitted bodice but sometimes in summer when it’s really hot I often wish I had something a little looser to wear. Grace has a loose-fitting bodice with a scoop neckline that’s perfect for summer. I know some of you prefer a more fitted look though so I added an optional belt into the pattern. It’s completely detachable but is perfect at cinching you in at the waist. Tied in a bow at the front I think it looks really cute.
After we released the Betty Dress as a sewing pattern we had a few queries about altering the high neckline to suit a bigger bust. For Grace I wanted to go for a bodice that would suit all shapes and sizes and I think a scoop neckline looks good on everyone.
Comfort was another factor for me to consider. I designed this with summer in mind (strolling through the park with a little cardi!), although after we made the samples I realised she would look stunning at a Christmas party or on New Year’s Eve. Using a fabric with slightly more structure gives it a totally different feel.
It’s a soft furnishing fabric I got from John Lewis. I wasn’t completely sure whether it would work but I love how it turned out and I’m definitely going to wear this version to a wedding or a party.
I love little details in patterns and I thought adding the option of a contrasting band around them hem would be a nice way to change the dress up a little bit.
This version is my everyday 50s inspired summer dress. It’s so comfy yet I know that swanning around in this when the weather gets warmer I will still feel stylish and well put together.
I love the shells print fabric that I used to make the third Grace Dress. It’s a nice cotton lawn that will be so perfect in summer. This version feels cool, contemporary and chic.
I hope that Grace will be warmly welcomed into the Sew Over It family of dresses. I think she will serve you well for day and night, formal and casual, work and holiday. I look forward to seeing your versions really soon!
Fancy making your own Grace Dress? Find more details on the course and book here.