An Easy, Traced Summer Dress from Skopelos Fabric

Hello, friends! Based on the calendar it has been a while since I’ve posted on here, but it doesn’t feel like a whole four months has gone by to me! Funny how time works like that. Today I want to share with you a dress I made which is my first successful traced garment. I took a dress that I bought at a store, and I used it to draft my own dress pattern. This turned out really well, especially for the fabric that I used! There was a fabric line released a few months ago called “Skopelos” by Katarina Roccella. Skopelos is a Greek island, and the fabrics feature designs inspired by that island in whites, blues, pinks, and greys. So basically, a fabric line right up my alley! I chose “Chora in Winds” to create this soft & flowy summer dress. Isn’t the island gorgeous?? It reminds me so much of my trip to Santorini last year!

Traditional Streets on Skopelos (Source: Wikipedia)

The fabric that I chose has sketches of the island on it, in light blues & pinks. I’m really happy with the print I chose and how it works in a dress:

A Handmade Knit Dress from Skopelos Fabric (by Katarina Roccella)

I finished the arm and neck holes with a band of fabric. The arm holes are a little bit big, but I got the sizing right once I got to the neck. This gives me a little extra coverage, which is particularly good near my arm pits. I thought about heming the bottom of the dress, but I like the rolled, unfinished look that it has right now!
A Handmade Knit Dress from Skopelos Fabric (by Katarina Roccella)

The dress that I traced had an A-line shape that was fitted through the bust and natural waist. I really like how that ended up falling in my knit. It’s fitted where it’s supposed to be, and loose and flowy where it’s the most comfortable! I find that these style dresses can make me look a bit preggers (especially if they just hang off the chest), so the fitting around my natural waist is key.A Handmade Knit Dress from Skopelos Fabric (by Katarina Roccella)A Handmade Knit Dress from Skopelos Fabric (by Katarina Roccella)I traced the dress onto pattern paper, so now I have pattern pieces for another identical dress! For the back pattern piece, I split it into two pieces of fabric instead of placing the pattern along the fold. That allowed me more freedom with how I used my fabric. The best part of that method is that now I have enough continuous fabric left for another shirt! Win-win.
A Handmade Knit Dress from Skopelos Fabric (by Katarina Roccella)This knit is by one of the Art Gallery designers, and I cannot rave enough about how much I love their fabric! This is the first time I bought their knit, and it is sooo soft. The print is high quality, and it’s gone through the wash several times and held up very well. Their voile is the same, so I am not surprised at all!

How is everyone else’s summers going? Any fun summery sewing projects? 

Pattern: self drafted.

Fabric: “Chora Knit in Winds” from the Skopelos line of fabric by Katarina Roccella from Art Gallery

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