I made the Simple Sew Shannon Collection Dress, and it is a big success!
The Shannon Collection is a great pattern as you get four patterns in one: top, dress, shorts and trousers. The shorts and trousers are designed for wovens and the dress and top are designed for stretch fabrics. I have my eye firmly on the trousers as well and want to make a pair of these at some point. The flat front and high waist is so flattering!
I have made the Shannon Collection Dress in some gorgeous burnt orange poly/viscose fabric, which was gifted to me by Doughty’s for this blog post. It’s £8.99 per metre, very soft, with great stretch as well as good recovery. It has different coloured fibres woven into it to create a lovely mottled effect, and they have other colour-ways too!
I was in between sizes according to the measurements, so I went for the larger size, which was the size 8. I am really pleased with the fit and it is so wonderfully comfortable. I am a big fan of looser styles like this in the hot weather we have been having!
I have very little to report in terms of techniques and adjustments as this make is super quick and easy. It was such a satisfying sew and took barely any time at all! I took the dress up by a small amount and I used the pattern piece from New Look 6446 to make a tie belt as I like a synched in waist to give the dress some shape. This works particularly well in this fabric because it has a nice drape.
I have also used a tan coloured waist belt with it and I really like this effect too. The colour contrast works well and a proper belt rather than a tie belt is a bit more structured.
Here are a few snaps of me wearing my Shannon Collection Dress whilst on holiday recently in Lake Garda, Italy. It was the perfect thing to wear when we hired a boat on the lake as it was the one overcast day we had and the snuggly jersey protected my shoulders against the breeze!
Overall, I would highly recommend this pattern and will definitely be making it again. In fact, I am already half way through using it on a woven viscose fabric. I need to adjust the neck band piece to allow for the fact that my fabric doesn’t have any stretch, but other than that it works fine for wovens too due to the loose fit of the dress. Winning!
Thanks for reading everyone, and happy sewing!
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