Fayeraysews’ Grace dress

admin Doughtys Fabric, Pattern Review 3 Comments

There has been a recent movement on social media towards sewing more party frocks and garments that get us excited about sewing (#sewfrosting on Instagram), and this dress certainly fits the bill!

I made view B with a gathered skirt in a size 8, and made a couple of adjustments. I found that the bust apex landed in the wrong place for me, so I moved the waist dart in to 3” (7.5 cm) from the folded edge, I lengthened the bodice by 2” (5 cm), modified the back shoulder curve to match the front pattern piece, and moved the pockets up a whopping 3.5” (9 cm) (I have long arms, but even I struggled to comfortably put my hands in them)! I also gathered a lot more fabric into the skirt, for extra swishiness.

The fabric I used is a gorgeous swan print Lady McElroy cotton lawn from Doughtys, with a deep teal background colour. The fabric is so nice to work with; easy to cut, press and sew, and lovely to wear.

I fully lined the dress with liquid satin which was an absolute pain to work with (that stuff frayed just looking at it!), but it’s soooo soft.

I used the longer length of skirt and really like where it hits after making a 1.25” (3 cm) hem. I cut the lining fabric 1” shorter than the outer fabric.

… and so I have a new party dress, and I did a twirl, just to make sure it will be good for dancing. I also think this dress would also look lovely with a polo neck sweater and tights for a daytime look as the weather cools down, because why not wear your party dresses during the day?

See you next time!

– Faye

Comments 3

  1. Love your dress. It’s looks amazing. I’m not an expert sewist but I’m trying this pattern, however the front shoulder seam & the back shoulder seam aren’t the same length. Do I match them at the armhole edge or the neckline edge?
    Here’s hoping you can help!
    Regards Liz

  2. Your dress looks stunning. I am struggling with the instructions for attaching the bodice lining to the bodice and wondered if you could help. This is the first time I have lined a bodice. I lay the bodice rs up and placed the bodice lining on top of it ws up and pinned round the neck and armholes ready to stitch. Is this correct,because at no point in the instructions does it say to bag out the bodice or turn it through? I am in a quandry.

  3. Hi
    I am making the Grace Dress but with capped sleeves. The pattern has quite basic instructions and does not say whether to gather or ease in sleeve. Any ideas, thanks. The last time I sewed a dress was over thirty years ago.
    Kind regards
    Lindsey Bennett

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