I have a new favorite dress this summer, pattern by the lovely Sarah-May of French Navy patterns. I must've been under a rock because I didn't know her until quite recently but she still let me test her newest pattern, the Forsythe Dress.
My favorite parts of the dress are the pockets(!!!) and the relaxed but not sloppy fit. The pattern pieces fit together well and the instructions include professional finishing techniques like french seaming the pockets and the way the neck is bound into the back placket and the way the cuffs are finished. The pattern ranges in size from xxs-xxl (UK 6-18, US 2/4-16, EUR 34-46). Although it is not in layers it is easy to see which size to cut (and makes it easier to blend sizes if necessary). The instructions include photos with helpful labels and descriptions. The cuffs can be folded up (like my plaid) or down (like the blue one).
I sewed a size L based on my bust measurement. My first version is made from a plaid from The Stash. I think it came from Hancock Fabrics. It feels like a medium weight shirting fabric.
My second version is from a nani iro lawn that has been salt shrunk and feels a little bit like seersucker (Sazanami Pocho Sara). I won it from Miss Matatabi several years ago and it has been in The Stash, waiting for the perfect pattern. I did add a little bit of length to the blue one (and did half the hem amount on the plaid) just because that's my personal preference. Both are finished with Kam Snaps because my machine hates making button holes.
I'm plotting another one with drapier fabric and a color blocked one (to highlight the princess seams). You can also check out more loveliness on Sarah-May's post or in her shop or #theforsythedress on instagram.
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