I have been enjoying the beautiful weather of Valencia in my new self-drafted dress last week. It’s perfect for walking on the sunny streets, doing some window shopping, taking late afternoon pictures in the park and going to dinner in the city afterwards.
I drafted the pattern myself as I wanted to improved my skills and I felt like making something that I had in my mind for some times now. The skirt is gathered, I just left the central piece flat as I found it more flattering. The bodice has princess seams and three-pieces straps made with self-fabric biais binding. The biais binding “machine” I bought was one of the best investment I have made, and it costed less than 10 €. I wasn’t sure about crossing the straps at the back, but after a try, it seemed the best idea.
The fabric is a very light cotton with red roses. It has a crisp touch, which is very nice to wear but in order to give some opacity, I entirely lined it with light baptiste. That way, it’s still breathable and light for summer but nobody has to see my underwear… (or absence of it as this dress does not allow bra!)
Here is a more close-up picture to see the details: the princess seams, the straps…