I've been wearing this dress off and on since June and meaning to share it ever since. I make most of my clothes with a specific activity or day out in mind. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, this dress was made for a local weekend away where I knew we'd be doing a fair amount of walking and spending time on the beach. I wanted something practical and comfortable and the large boatprint needed a relatively simple style.
I returned to the Merchant and Mills Factory dress pattern which has proved more versatile than I thought! This time, I left off the pointed collar and the pocket from my original style alterations as I thought they would clutter up the print. I used a scrap of Oakshott cream coloured cotton for the simpler collar and most of my time was spent on balancing the print.
The photos are a little adhoc. We had just walked along a coastal path and the rain had stopped so I asked my daughter to take some quick pics on my iPhone, the setting was too good to pass up!
The fabric is a very good quality linen, maybe there's a little cotton in there too. Light to medium weight and sufficiently opaque not to need lining. I bought it for a song at an outdoor market but Pin It and Stitch have been selling it and so have Patch Fabrics. For pattern matching, I tended to rely on matching and tracing bits of the design on the pattern paper. I cut the bodice and the skirt so that the print looked continuous down the centre line. The placket was the hardest part as although it looks integral, it is added as a separate piece as on my previous Factory dress. As before, I followed the placket instructions in David Page Coffins Shirtmaking book which has just reappeared online at a normal price so I am guessing it has been through a re-print!
Both my altered factory dresses have been summer wardrobe stalwarts: airy and comfortable and a great shape to showcase the fabrics involved.
Last year, the Alder dress was my top choice of pattern - I made two; this year it has been the Factory dress. Do you have a top dressmaking pattern for this summer?