Do you need an Easter Dress but don’t want to fork out the sweet mola? Well good things come to those who wait! This pattern has been a loooooooonnnnnggggg time coming. Like, since last August long time. Wow. There are no words for how much of a slacker I have been when it comes to this dress!
But that is why Sew For Me Month is so wonderful! If I hadn’t teamed up with Kirsten and Jordan for the Sew For Me series I really wonder if this pattern would have ever been made. So here it is, finally, the Plum Harvest Dress.
I can’t get over how stinkin cute my little sister is. That was part of the problem with making this pattern, she is TINY. I had to pretty much completely remake the pattern for us normal sized people ha! In the end this pattern actually runs at about a size 10. I had to take it in a bit to fit me correctly so PLEASE keep that in mind when you make it. Tape all the pattern pieces together, cut them out and at least hold the pattern up to you for sizing. Don’t be afraid to trim off a good amount on the pattern on the “fold” side. There are also darts that will help you tailor the fit to you. I would like to say this dress is easy, but I have to be honest, it has funky sleeves and can be a bit tricky what with the SUPER long zipper. But if you are done making yourself run of the mill average sewer dresses and ready for a bit of a challenge then this one is for you! I would highly suggest making one out of cheaper fabric before you go cutting up that fabric your grandmother handed down to you (I would feel AWFUL if you did that and it didn’t turn out). Alright, now that I have officially terrified you ha!
3 yards fabric (I like poplin, heavier cottons etc)
Optional silky lining for your skirt (about a yard)
1 long zipper (depending on your height, it should come from your shoulders down to your bum)
All your other sewing bibs and bobs
Yes, I spelled circumference incorrectly on one of the steps, what can I say, it is late and photoshop really ought to have spell check ha!
After you have taped together your pattern pieces make sure you cut them out and hold them up for a rough estimate. Again, you may need to cut a 1 to 2 inch strip off the “fold” on the front bodice and off the straight edge of the back bodice.
You will need a “facing” for your dress that there is not a pattern piece for. This is just a long strip of fabric about 2 inches wide. You will determine the length later. There is also not a skirt pattern piece. This is because it is simply a rectangle made fitted at the top with darts. So lets cut that first. Measure your waist at the widest part ( I know super flattering right ha!) now measure down from right around your belly button to just above your knee. You now have your two measurements. Cut the skirt as wide as your first and as long as your second. I personally cut on the fold and then cut right down the center so I have two side seams. I know, this totally goes against the grain but in this case I think it makes the dress lay nicer and helps me line everything up by having the side seams. But you certainly don’t have to! In any event create your skirt by either sewing up the two side seams or the one back seam depending on how you cut it. If you are doing the one back seam do not sew all the way up. Make sure to leave an opening for your zipper, long enough that you can slip the skirt up on you. If you are sewing with the two side seams:
Once you have your skirt in a place where you can try it on, slide it on and mark where you need to make darts to bring it in. I had two in the front and two in the back. If you would like a lining (which I LOVE having) repeat this process with the lining fabric. Hem both lining and skirt. Once done slide the main skirt over the lining and baste stitch around the top so that you can now treat it as one piece and lay to the side for a moment.
You will need to cut a slit in your waistband ruffle in the same location as the slit you created for your zipper. Just make sure the sides are lined up correctly
Lay skirt aside