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AN EASY SUMMER DRESS WITH VERA

Last summer, we released the Vera shirt pattern: a loose shirt with an asymmetrical hem. We’ve seen amazing versions on social media, and some of them modified as a dress. We loved the idea and decided to make a casual shirt dress for the summer. We have added a large pleat in the back, two big pleated pockets on the hips, longer sleeves and ties at the waist so it can be ajusted.

Fabrics: Blue and red stripes cotton poplin Lanterne & Céleste. / Cahier d’Écolier gauze. / images: Coralie marabelle. / Le Mont Saint Michel.

We wanted to work with various fabrics to give it a patchwork vibe and play with the grafic look of the shirt. We selected Amandine Cha’s organic fabrics (mainly cotton poplin and gauze) as they look and feel great.

HACK

1/ Lengthen the front and back pieces. Trace an horizontal line about 20 cm below the armscye on the front and back pieces. Cut along the line. On a piece of paper, place the top and bottom pieces 30 to 35 cm apart (make sure the centers match). Tape the pieces to the paper and draw a line to meet the top and bottom at the sides and centers.

2/ Lengthen the front facing to same way.

 

3/ Once the front, back and front facing pieces are lengthened, we will widen the back piece with an inverted pleat. Place the back piece on paper and trace a line parallel to the center back 2 to 4 cm away. Trace around the new back piece.

4/ Lengthen the sleeve. Trace a cutting line 10 cm above the hem. Cut and place on paper 10 cm apart. Tape and draw the new sides from the armscye to the hem.

5/ Draw the pleated pocket.

  • Pocket : on a piece of paper, trace a rectangle 22 cm wide and 16 cm high. Trace a vertical line at the center, this will be the center of the inverted pleat. On each side of the line, trace a fold line 2 cm away. Add 1,5 cm seam allowances around the pocket piece. You’ll need to cut 2.
  • Pocket facing : Trace a rectangle 18 cm wide and 8 cm high. Add 1,5 cm seam allowances around the facing. Cut 2.

6/ Make the waist ties. Trace a rectanle 8 cm high 1 m wide (if you want longer or shorter ties, feel free to change the length). Add 1,5 cm seam allowances around the ties. Cut 2.

7/ Place the pockets and ties placements on the front pieces as indicated.

CONSTRUCTION

BACK

  • Form the inverted pleat on the back neckline. Here’s a great post (in french) about that:

> Coudre des plis: plis plats, plits creux, plis ronds

POCKETS

  • Form the inverted pleat of the pocket.
  • With right sides together, stitch the pocket facing to the top edge of the pocket with 1,5 cm seam allowances. Press the seam allowances towards the facing and understitch.
  • Fold the top edge of the facing 1,5 cm wrong sides together. Press. With right sides together, fold the facing in two, stitch around the pocket, over the top fold. Trim the corners.
  • Turn the pocket right sides out. Fold the pockets seam allowances towards the wrong side, using the stitching as a guide. Edgestitch the facing.
  • Pin the pockets on the front pieces. Topstitch around the pockets.

TIES

  • With right sides together, fold the tie in two lengthwise. Stitch 1,5 cm from the edge, leaving one end open. Turn right side out and press. Baste the ties to the front pieces.

HEM

  • Finish the hem with bias binding (or you could use the original facing if you prefer, just remember to add the extra width from the back pleat).

 

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Fabric inspiration for Vera

Vera is such a versatile shirt pattern: any lightweigh fabric is going to look great paired with it! You can choose if you prefer an understated shirt in a plain white cotton popelin or a more exuberant look with some colorful viscose for example. And how about adding some contrast using piping around the collar for a pyjama shirt style or topstitching around the edges and pocket to make them pop?

Here are some of our inspiration for the Vera shirt pattern:

PLAIN COLOUR

  1. Marsala plumetis – Cousette
  2. White cotton lawn – Guthrie & Ghani
  3. Yellow batiste – Cousette

TROPICAL

  1. Botanical cotton lawn – Guthrie & Ghani
  2. Toucan cotton – Henry & Henriette
  3. Jungle cotton – Tissustory

ABSTRACT PRINT

  1. Abstract batiste – Fil’Etik
  2. Graphite double gauze – Anna Ka Bazaar
  3. Nani Iro double gauze – Guthrie & Ghani

 

– You can find the Vera shirt pattern in the shop in printed copy or PDF download. –

 

inspiration pictures:

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Zoom in: The Vera Shirt

Vera is the kind of shirt designed for those days when you want to feel stylish and comfortable at the same time. When I design new patterns, that’s my major goal. 

The Vera shirt has all the details of a classic shirt with its small notched collar and front button closure. But we wanted to give it more lightness and feminity by choosing a loose shape, dropped shoulders and round edges. 

The small gathers at the back of the neckline highlight the notched collar and give volume to the shirt. With the asymmetrical hem, you can choose to wear Vera over a pair of trousers or shorts for a casual look or gathered inside a high waist skirt for a more retro look. 

The rounded hem and the sleeves are finished with facings. We have also added buttontabs to the sleeves in order to roll them up easily. 

We recommend you to use light weight fabrics to make Vera. Depending on the style you want, you might choose fabric with drape for a very light and airy look or fabric with body to highlight the volume of the shirt. We used cotton poplin for both version here. You can also use cotton lawn, linen, rayon, tencel, cupro, gaze, chambray or silk… 

– You can find the Vera shirt pattern in our shop in printed copy of PDF downloadable. –

 

Fabric credits: off-white batiste from Julián López – graphic batiste from Fil’Etik

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The new summer patterns are here!

At last, the new patterns are here! It took time but I am so happy to share these two designs with you:

THE ROMERO TROUSERS

These are sailor trousers with button close on the sides. They are high-waisted, fitted at the waist and hips and then flare at the leg. Elegant but practical as well, they have pockets hidden inside the button closure. You can choose between two lengths: cropped ankle length for View A or shorts for View B.

THE VERA SHIRT

Vera Will be your summer’s best friend with its loose shape and laid-back style.  The classical notched collar is coupled with an asymmetrical hem, longer in the back, and rounded edges to give Vera a modern vibe. The back neckline is softly gathered and the short sleeves can be worn rolled-up thanks to the button tabs.

– You can find the Romero trousers and the Vera shirt in the shop in both printed and PDF versions. –

I’ll come back tomorrow with more details on each pattern…

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