A Travel Dress for France

IMG_4487Did I tell you all that I’m headed to France in September? I’m beyond excited. We’re headed to the Dordogne region followed by a visit to Paris which will definitely include some fabric shopping. I’ve started a packing list and this dress is versatile enough to earn a place in my suitcase.

There’s something about dressing in a bright colors that makes things feel…fun! Not sure if there’s a scientific reason for that, but this dress will be a favorite just because the fabric makes me feel light and happy! This knit from Art Gallery is 95% cotton, 5% spandex. I love the name of the print… Frutteria Bleu. I found it in a shop in Alexandria Virginia that I found on a recent trip to DC.. the Stitch Sew Shop. Their natural fabric collection is nicely curated. I wish I’d had room in my suitcase for more.

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This was an easy dress to make. I used the same method I used for my Day/Night Challenge cocktail dress (here). I took a favorite knit dress pattern, shortened it a bit, then added a skirt.

 

For the bodice, I used McCalls 6886, a TNT pattern that everyone loves because it never fails…it’s an easy sew, the fit is great and it’s always a dress you want to wear!! Since this fabric is so special I could not risk a failure.

This pattern is perfect to embellish, modify, lengthen, shorten…whatever. It’s one of those patterns that really transforms with your fabric choice.

I modified by adding a skirt. To do this, I cut version A of the dress, but shortened it by 8″. That still left the dress bodice quite long, a choice I made so that the skirt would feel more like a ruffle…less like a traditional drop waist dress. To make the skirt/ruffle, I cut a wide (20″) swath of fabric whose width was 1.5 times the circumference of the hem of the shortened dress. I simply gathered that long piece of fabric with a long stitch, then sewed it to the bodice of the dress.

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Because of the long bodice and deep ruffle, I wanted this dress to be long…midi length. In the summer,  I love how a long dress moves in the breeze. It makes me feel…light!

 

 

Happy sewing and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

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14 thoughts on “A Travel Dress for France

  1. Great choice of fabric and great choice of destination ! Dordogne is a lovely place to spend time and relax, there are plenty of castles and beautiful sceneries, I’m sure you’ll love it!

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  2. How fab that you’re going to France! This lovely dress will definitely be a super addition to your travel capsule.
    It looks like a lovely comfortable, as well as stylish dress and I love that you used a basic tee shirt dress pattern. I got that pattern recently in a goodie bag at Stitch Room Sewcial and your version proves what a versatile starting point the pattern is.

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    1. Thanks, Diane! What a brilliant pattern choice for a goody bag because this pattern can take you just about anywhere! Can’t wait to see your version.

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  3. Beautiful dress to go to a beautiful place. We are doing a Provence walking trip in October so much of my packing will be outdoor active wear but I too am planning a dress. And isn’t that Alexandria shop so dear.

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    1. Oh, I’ve always wanted to go to Provence and a walking trip sounds wonderful! Sounds like your suitcase will have a few things mine won’t have. Yes that shop is so great…the people that work there are too! it’s going to be a regular stop when I’m in the DC area!!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Art gallery makes such great prints for kids that are so comfy..I’m sure it’s one of her favorites just like this dress will be one of mine!

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