Hi everyone… I’m still coming down from a Halloween sugar high, but wanted to share a quick make with you all! My favorite way to dress this time of year is with layers. A causal, easy dress with a sweater, tights, and boots makes me happy happy happy. I decided to make the Clover dress (by Brooke Tyson for Papercut Patterns) because I had the perfect rayon challis in my stash, and I figured this dress would work year round- with bare legs and sandals in the summer, and layered up in the colder months.
The model on the pattern is showing off a fabulous contrast fabric on the bust area of the dress…
But as I started looking around online at other’s versions of this dress, I just wasn’t in love with anyone else’s contrast fabric. Every version I saw just looked a little awkward somehow. I ended up deciding maybe it’s the placement/scale of the contrast panel that’s the problem, so I just decided to scrap it. I still used those pattern pieces, instead of making the bodice front one solid piece, and I’m glad I did because it lends a nice sculpting effect to the bodice, but I just used my main fabric. You can’t really tell until you get close that there are separate pieces stuck in there, but I like the result.
The only other changes I made were changing the neckline to make it a little lower, and cuffing the sleeves up. I was going to shorten them and hem them normally (they were kind of swallowing my petite frame), but realized I really liked the casual vibe it gave the dress to just roll them up and hand stitch them in place. I also opted not to make the tassel belt thingee, and just wear a regular belt. It definitely looks better belted than not. I think the next time I make this pattern, I may shorten the length of the dress by about an inch, especially if I think I’ll only wear it over tights. The length looks “ok” when I wear my stacked heel booties, but I also want to wear it with super casual flat knee-high boots, and I feel like it would look a little better with a slightly shorter length. I opted for a machine blind hem because I never really like how straight stitching a hem looks with light, flowy fabric.
I think it’s a great addition to my daily wardrobe, and I love that it’s easy to wear. It doesn’t look too dressy for my normal life, but I could easily get away with wearing it to church or a date night.
Here she is!
(All photos by Mercer Street Photography)