Greetings from super-hot Santa Cruz, my friends! This past weekend it’s been hot here (90F is very hot by our standards!), so I’ve been working on some really easy-to-wear and breathable garments. One of them is the Yaletown dress, by Sewaholic Patterns. If you’re new here, you should know that I LOVE Sewaholic patterns. They’re not made for my body dimensions, but the styles are so great that I will happily alter them! In the past year or two, the garments have been getting more grown-up and elegant, which I really appreciate because my style is moving in that direction, too. They’ve always maintained a vintage sort of feel, which is also right up my alley! For my Wardrobe Architect 2015 Challenge, I identified one of my favorite garment shapes as “flowy knee length dress with a cinched waist.” The Yaletown Dress & Blouse by Sewaholic fits the bill perfectly:
Here is a Pinterest board with other Yaletowns. My inspiration for this dress came from a few red wrap dresses I found online:
I finally settled on a rayon fabric–from Hart’s of course!–that is red with a white, pink and green floral print:
I made up a size 8 without any alterations, and made sure to pay attention in the construction process where I could unpick seams to make alterations if need be. However, because of the loose fit in the blouse and the gathered, elastic waist, the fit was not a problem at all. In the future I may shorten the bodice by about an inch, but it’s not necessary at all. It looks too loose and blousey around the waist, but in reality that really helps with the comfort of the garment!
The only alteration I made was to not put in loops for the waist tie. I tend to lose that type of things from garments, plus I like the look of it without the tie. So, I decided it was best for it to not look like it was missing a waistband during the times that I simply didn’t want to wear it! I really love the gathers on the sleeve:
One of the great things about Sewaholic Patterns is that they think through the wearability of the garments. The pattern calls for a button & loop added to the bodice so that it doesn’t flop open and put the ladies on display. Also, the ‘wrap’ part is only on the bodice and not the skirt, so you don’t have to worry about your bottom half being on display, either. Lastly, the dress has pockets, which are pretty much a necessity for me! Phone, keys, chaptstick, bus pass…. you name it, it goes in my pockets.
With a light flowy fabric, an elastic waist and a loose fit, this dress is perfect for looking classy and staying cool on a hot day! Since the shape and color can work for all the seasons, I plan on wearing this year round.
Has anyone else sewn up the Yaletown and loved it, too? Is anyone else still working on summer sewing even though autumn is around the corner?
Fabric: Red floral rayon from Hart’s Fabric (last time I looked, the specific fabric is not available online)
Alterations: Omitted the waist tie loops on the waistband.