I’m happy to share my latest dress with you! A perfect summer frock to keep you cool and comfortable on the sweltering days yet to come.This is the Decades Everyday Given A Chance dress — the latest simplified retro pattern from Decades of Style. It’s a 1960’s style shift dress with bodice shaping and an interesting design element on the front yoke. This dress is super fast and easy to make and can truly be made in a day.
I used this fabulous navy and pink double gauze by Cotton+Steel that I purchased from Harts Fabrics. It took me a while to choose which color of this particular print to use for this dress and in the end I felt the navy would be the best choice for a dress with no lining which I also didn’t want to wear a slip with. I used a matching linen from my stash for the contrast yoke and self-fabric belt.
This was my first time sewing with double gauze, and OHMYGOSH I am in LOVE! <3 I’ve sewn with cotton gauze several times before, but double gauze (which is two layers of gauze woven together) is even better. I especially love double gauze in Japanese prints and you can bet that there will be more garments in this fabric. I don’t think it will surpass my love for voile, but it’s a close second.
I made a matching belt for this dress as I prefer having some waist definition with dresses like these. I made this belt with medium weight interfacing and a vintage covered buckle kit. It’s a little bit longer than it should be, but I’m fine with tucking it in. I did kind of a sloppy job sewing the eyelets, so I’ll be putting some fray check on them and neatening them up .
My dress is unlined and does feel even cooler without the belt. The pattern suggests armhole facings and I had some cut out, but in the end decided to make bias tape with my double gauze fabric and use that instead.
I graded this up one size to a 48″ bust size and sewed a narrow hem. Other than that, those were my only alterations.
I just love the pleating detail on the yoke. It adds an interesting design element to a simple shift. I honestly wasn’t certain how I’d feel about wearing a shift dress, but I’m sure this will be in heavy rotation this summer. It’s a winner in that it’s fast and easy to make and cool and comfortable to wear. I can’t ask for more.
Note: I received this pattern as a gift from Decades of Style Patterns. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
- Dress: Decades Everyday No. 102 Given a Chance dress in Cotton + Steel double gauze, made by me
- Belt: self-drafted, made by me
- Shoes: Birkenstock Gizeh
- Earrings: Bauble Bar