Pretty pastel Hepworth dress

Hi darlings,
I feel very privileged when designers ask me to test their patterns. They work so many hours and is such a big responsibility to make sure there isn’t any mistake, even though most of the time the patterns are already perfect and we just enjoy a lovely sewing day in secret. That is the only part I struggle… I love instagraming my WIP.
Without further do, here is my Hepworth dress, the newest pattern from Sinbad & Sailor. 

The Hepworth dress it’s a beautiful sleeveless dress with very body forgiving princess seam, flared skirt, centre back zip and handy hip pockets.

My version was made buttery soft viscose bought during my last trip to Brasil.

I  really love wearing florals during spring and move to brighter prints for summer. This will be perfect pool party outfit on my upcoming trip home.

Let’s talk about what alterations: I didn’t change anything and sewn a straight size 10UK (except on the neckline: size 8Uk). Because of that, the pattern hits my high waist instead of my normal waist and has a shorter overall length. I only omitted the pockets because of the fluidity of the fabric.

I had stabilised my invisible zipper, as I do with every project made out of viscose or any other soft fabric.

Trying to take pictures on a windy and overcast day was a challenge.

Wouldn’t be me without my signature pose, surely?

Currently loving the broken doll.
The waist is a bit snug, however as I been guilty of overfitting in the past and I know the fit ratio is different with draper fabrics , and that one shouldn’t  try to make everything tight fitting. I’m happy with the overall look.

I really love the pattern instructions and how clever Hannah’s technique to have a clean finishing on the facings.

Welcome to the blogsphere Hepworth, cannot wait to see everyones version of it.

  • Fab-u-lous dress!!

  • Oh, I love it, must look out for this pattern. I have so many WIP planned at the moment, though – I need to take about a week off and just sew sew sew. Love your photos 🙂

    • yes, I have so many sip at the moment but every day i want to sew a different pattern

  • Wow, this dress has such a beautiful shape, so flattering. Your photos and styling are amazing, like something from a glossy magazine. I need to work on making my pictures more attractive looking on my blog. I generally don’t venture out past my garden to take snaps but these pictures are really inspiring.

    • Thanks darling, its highly awkward taking self portraits outside but its also quite rewarding the results. Avoid hash light too

  • Such a lovely dress, it looks so summery 🙂

  • I love it. I’m definitely buying this pattern. I think it’s hannah’s best one yet!

  • Oh it’s gorgeous Rachel and so very flattering. Yet another one for my list (sigh)! xx

  • Beautiful (as always!) – that looks like the perfect spring dress and that pattern looks like a classic in the making.

  • Its definitely on my hit list to make. It looks great on you. Love the fabric choice x

    • This fabric been in my stash for a year so its lovely that the pattern and shape worked with it.

  • Gorgeous!!!!

  • Gorgeous version Rachel!! I agree, it’s such a great pattern and very clever facings. Loving the floral look on you!

  • So very pretty on you. Absolutely love the floral fabric.

  • Cute dress! But I’m really commenting because I love the nails and shoes. Details please?

    • Nail polish impala doce oceano and the shoes are also from Brasil

    • Jen

      One of my friends goes to Brasil about every other year to visit family and brings back the most AMAZING shoes and I’m always so so jealous! You couldn’t find anything like them here if you tried! The dress looks awesome also!

    • indeed we have some amazing shoes.. thats what i mainly buy when I’m home as fabric is quite expensive

  • Love how you styled this Rachel. And your poses!

    • Thanks Maddie, I imagine how much fun we would have collaborating on a me made shoot. One day!

  • Looking hot, Rachel!

  • That fabric is divine. You are divine! I love the simple pretty lines of the dress….might be a bit short for me though 😉

    • Indeed everything looks on the short side on me if I don’t alter. I’m sure it would be a great alterations as a long skirt

  • Aww this is beautiful, Rachel. The fabric is gorgeous! I’m very tempted by this pattern – I think Hannah is a really talented drafter as well as designer, so I’m particuarly interested in her all-in-one facing method. And you know style-wise, this is right up my street! Looks adorable with your pink coat too xx

  • Beautiful dress and photos! Love the lighting 🙂

  • Lou

    Love it!! Am off to buy it, just seen scruffy badger’s version as well. Am digging the hot pink coat too – have you blogged that make?

    • that isn’t a me made.. I have already two blogged pink coats.. i may have gone overboard on the pink coat statement coat this season

  • Lou

    Love it!! Am off to buy it, just seen scruffy badger’s version as well. Am digging the hot pink coat too – have you blogged that make?

  • beautiful dress! i keep seeing these higher necklines and i think it’s really flattering. i’ll have to check out this pattern, i love the all in one facing (though i’ve never done one!). great work!

  • Princess seams are so flattering. Pretty dress.

  • I call that pose “The Rachel.” I just did a little photoshoot and the photographer asked me to do that pose. I’ll have to send it to you.

  • You look so great! What a cute dress!

  • This is now officially my next dress I’m sewing. So glad you tested this or I might have missed it. Looks awesome! Can you also point me in direction of tutorial aka stabilising invisible zipper? Thanks x

    • Yeahh, for stabilizing.
      Cut two 1 – 2 inch strips of your stabilizer 2 inches longer than the length of your zipper. Can be silk organza, knit stay tape, tricot or a light sew-in interfacing. Baste or adhere these strips to the wrong side of your zipper opening with a 1/4 inch seam allowance along the edge.

  • Love the fabric you’ve chosen, and as always the fit is perfect and you look gorgeous! 🙂

  • Gorgeous dress.

  • This is beautiful, the fabric looks a dream

  • V cute dress! I love the combo of high neckline, fitted bodice and that skirt shape.

  • Kim

    Gorgeous! The fabric is very beautiful too..

  • Oh you look gorgeous – it’s such a lovely silhouette this dress and looks divine on you.

  • That is so, so pretty. I absolutely love this pattern. Thanks for introducing us to it!

  • You look lovely – great pattern too 🙂

  • What a great fitting dress. Your floral fabric is so pretty and very fitting for spring. Nice job!