Summer Gingham dress


Back in the spring I was invited to write sewing tutorials for Craft Network Magazine. One of my favourite commissioned project was a tutorial for an off-the-shoulder top. As magazines hits the stands a long time after you create a project it’s been hard to keep this project under wraps since March. pressI knew straight away I wanted to recreate this look for the full bloom of summer specially as the cold shoulders trends was so strong. I prefer separates most times of the year with exception of summer, where I live in dresses.  I sewn the same instructions for the top and adding a semi-circle skirt. I didn’t have enough fabric to make the flounce as full (and lined) as the tutorial for the magazine. I made a cheaters ‘simpler’ version; which is also detachable. The flounce really needs more fabric and having the elastic exposed isn’t very tidy. Never mind. The dress itself is lined on the bodice and looks so lovely in itself. I just need to get more fabric and make another flounce. (What I’m referring as flounce is just a rectangular of fabric sewn together.)


Flounce-less is perfect to wear when is really hot or with a jacket as the weather turns a bit colder. The fabric is from Girl Charlee. It’s a cotton jersey with low level of stretch. I sewn an elastic on the back of my waistband seam so I can get in the dress without fastenings while maintain a close fit.





Catching up on all my summer projects over the blog feels so strange as the leaves turn orange and autumn is clearly making it’s mark. Makes me wish we were enjoying summer.

  • That’s super cute! I love it 🙂

  • Margo Bergman

    I love this idea of a cheater cold shoulder dress! Really cute Rachel!

  • Abigail Baker

    That background looks a bit familiar… were you in Whitstable?!

    A beautiful dress – so summery!