Hello friends! I’m back again with a bit of summer sewing.
This time the Derby Dress by Christine Haynes.
This was my first time using a Christine Haynes pattern and I made view B, graded up to about a size 22. This is a pullover dress with princess seams in a trapeze style, so it looks rather like a maternity dress without the sash. On another note, if one is looking for maternity patterns, this would be a good one.
This pattern is not lined, but my gauze is rather sheer, I opted to line it. I did this by cutting out the all of the pattern pieces except for the neck ruffle and the sash (and omitting the facings), sewing them up in the same manner as the dress and then sewing the two with right sides together around the neck and arm holes. I then turned it back and topstitched it all along the edges. I opted to this rather understitching as the pattern dictates. The hem on my lining is also cut slightly shorter and turned up a little bit more than the outer hem so that it doesn’t show.
This dress is fairly easy and fast to put together as well as easy to grade up. What I don’t like about it is the looseness on the bodice. I guess I am used to more fitted dresses. I was thinking about putting a couple of darts in, but wasn’t sure how that would work with being able to pull this on and off easily.
Also, I never wear boots with my dresses, but I got a new pair last week and I was breaking them in whilst I was sewing this dress and I noticed how well they match and look good with the rural feel of the gauze and the casual simplicity of the pattern. I can also walk further out in the pasture to take photos amongst cool things like these boulders. I would never venture out there in sandals or heels for fear of snakes and with the dry grass and rough terrain, it isn’t easy to walk out in shoes that were made for pavement. I found wearing boots works rather well and I have some dresses coming up that will look good with these and others that I have, I will probably be donning them more often.
I have been looking for my go-to summer dress pattern for a few years now and still have not found it. The Derby dress, although quick and easy and comfortable is not my fave, so I’m still looking…..
For me, I feel that this pattern is good for a casual everyday dress or along the lines of a beach cover-up. It’s not exactly one that I’d wear out in the city or out shopping. I guess it’s because I’m not exactly comfortable with the gaping on the bodice or the low back. I also like dresses that I can wear a regular bra with, and this one shows the bra straps as the dress straps are thin. It is, however, very comfortable, and like I said, a good dress to wear at home and not look like you’re a doudy slob, although you can feel like you are because it’s that comfortable. 🙂
If I made this again, these are the things that I would change about it:
- Widen the straps
- Add some front and back darts
- Adjust the armscyes
- Make a thicker and longer sash
I’m still on the lookout for the perfect summer dress, which would be light, comfortable and easy to wear, quick to make, flattering, pretty and good in the heat. I’ll see if some of the other dress patterns on my sewing list fit the bill.
What are your go-to patterns for the summer?
- Dress: Christine Haynes Derby Dress in J Crew floral cotton gauze, made by me
- Boots: Justin Bent Rail
- Sunglasses: Burberry