The Rose Dress is a free pattern the lovely ladies of Sewalicious have designed themselves, it's a great addition to any summer wardrobe and can be made as a top, tunic or dress to suit your personal style. It's also super easy to sew together, looks great and did I mention - it's completely FREE?!
I chose this gorgeous bright and colourful cream viscose jersey called Carnival from their site, it’s got a bold, dark stripe running vertically and is covered in spots and dots making it a really interesting print. It’s really soft too and feels lovely against my skin. The pattern is designed for light to medium weight jersey fabrics so that it can drape well, you could use a thicker jersey but it might not work quite as well in the dress style. It's so simple to cut the pieces out as it's all done to your own measurements and due to the loose style, fitting is easy!
The instructions are very clearly laid out and the steps are super easy to follow. A beginner who has sewn a jersey garment before would be able to tackle this pattern easily, you don't need to be able to sew in a neckband for this, just a few gathering stitches and some straight seams to attach the neckband and side seams is all that's required. I decided to have a go at sewing up a maxi length version, I thought this would look great on holiday for an evening dinner where you might want to cover up a bit more. I held up the fabric to me to roughly gauge the length it needed to be and 140cm was plenty. I cut all the pieces this length and with the neckband piece this took the total amount of fabric required to just over 1.5m. You could easily make it in less if you made the neckband thinner or depending on the length you wanted the dress to be. Initially, I made the dress far too big for me. I shouldn't have used the entire width of the fabric for all the pieces (150cm) - oops! Instead I would recommend measuring around your bust and just doubling this for the front piece and then halve that for each back piece. For example, my fullest bust measurement is 32cm, doubling this gives 64cm so I used this as the width of the front piece and both back pieces together (32cm each). Then gathered the front piece fabric up to the width that I wanted it across my front and I did the same with the back pieces. I would strongly recommend tacking the neckband to the fabric pieces first too! You will then really get a feel for how it is going to fit you and how you want to wear it. So here it is...
You can either have the neckband sitting quite high around your neck like this...
and then have the back draping down...
Or, if you allow enough fabric at the straps you could wear it off the shoulder.
The pattern recommends leaving a 15cm length gap for the shoulder straps but I found this too long on me, I ended up using a 10cm length gap. But if you know you want to go for the off the shoulder look, it would be worth measuring around the outside of your shoulder to get this right. Alternatively, if you know you want to wear it higher round your neck, you can make the straps a bit shorter. I also wore a tan waist belt with mine to cinch it in at the waist, but you could easily cut a length of fabric to use as a waist belt in the same fabric too.
The pattern is carefully constructed and cleverly put together to be super-flattering on most body shapes, so why not give it a go?
Overall I am really pleased with this make, I love that it looks kind of Grecian and it's the perfect holiday dress - I can't wait to wear it on a warm summer's evening!
Happy summer sewing,