I drafted this dress with the help of Sew Many Dresses by Tanya Whelan. I definitely recommend this book if you’re getting started in making your own patterns! The templates provided are a great starting point, and can help you create a wide variety of shapes and styles.

I wanted to keep this project very quick and simple, so I opted for a sleeveless look and very straightforward straight skirt. I usually avoid straight skirts since I was cursed gifted with rather large hips, and I made this one on the shorter side for ease of movement. We’ll see if I have the courage to wear it in public sans tights come summer!

I’m trying to work hats into my wardrobe. I’m not sure if it’s working, but I do get compliments on this one so it can stay. Most hats are comically small on my very large noggin!

The dress features darts on the front and back of the bodice for shaping. I had to shorten the length of the bodice – as I almost always do – because I’m high-waisted. I didn’t make a muslin of this one because it was just a simple dress, and of course I regret not doing it. Always make a muslin!

The bodice and skirt are fully lined. Whenever I do facings I feel like they just end up looking sloppy, so if I’m going to line something, I go all in.

The fabric is a print from Spoonflower by crystal_walen called Boho Diamond-Black. I just love it, but the printed cotton from Spoonflower is generally stiffer than I would like. Still, that does make it very easy to cut and sew.