Friday, 16 June 2017

Hemingway Designs fabric dress

This dress was inspired by Vogue 8577 after I saw a gorgeous version on Instagram made by Becky from Studio Snippets.  Becky's version was made from some Hemingway Designs fabric, which made me recall the Hemingway Designs fabric I had in my stash that I bought from Marie from A Stitching Odyssey during a de-stash a couple of years ago.



My dress is self-drafted, and I used the gathers at the shoulders and the big pockets.  I left out the separate waist piece, back shoulder yoke and centre back seam.


The bodice was easy to draft, I just rotated the bust dart into the shoulder and gathered it instead of sewing a dart.  Ignore the lines at the shoulder seam, I was trying for pleats but it didn't work out.

The pockets are copied from Simplicity 1610 (which I made here), and I always loved the pockets on this dress.  The pocket is made in one piece - the outside curve is sewn right sides together.  (Please excuse my fluffy carpet in these photos!).

Seam allowance is trimmed, clipped, pressed and understitched.

From the wrong side of the skirt, the pocket is folded back on itself to line up across the top and the side seam.

It's sewn in place across the top and side seam, then the bottom of the pocket is sewn.  I overlocked it in this photo.

And this is what it looks like from the right side. I cut the pocket piece on the same grainline as the skirt, so the print would be in the same direction.

I forgot to take into account the seam allowance on the waist dart, and the pocket edge and dart are about 5mm out.  This is not the end of the world, and the busy print hides it!  I have fixed it on my pattern though.



The smug face of someone who loves their pockets!

My buttons are from Textile Garden, and are called Corozo buttons.  Apparently they are made from nuts, and they are lovely!

I love how this dress turned out, especially the pockets - I predict more of these pockets in my future!  And here's a photo with my cat, Luke, attempting to photobomb me!!

Have a great weekend,



  1. I love your dress! Beautiful fabric choice with this pattern AND what a brilliant idea to move the dart to the shoulder and use gathers instead! I never would have thought of doing this but I'm going to look at doing this more in the future.

    1. Thanks Kathleen! This is honestly really easy to do, and all I did to sew it was to sew some gathering stitches the whole way across the shoulder instead of sewing the dart.

  2. This did come out great - love those pockets. This was what I had in mind when I made my linen shirt dress with patterned pocket bags. But that skirt is not as lovely and full so a narrower more angular pocket seemed more appropriate. Great fabric too ;o)

  3. I'm waaay behind in my blog reading and commenting Lynne - so sorry.
    I've always loved that Vogue dress but I like your modifications too. As always, lovely fabric - you've got a good eye for what works.

  4. Gorgeous dress again Lynne! The colours really suit you!

  5. Beautiful dress. I always admire the quality of your sewing.


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