Floral Dream dress

For some reason, about three weeks before we went on holiday, I got the idea into my head that I was going to make one garment for each country we were visiting and get photos in each place. Coz, you know, three weeks before you go on holiday is a brilliant time to get all ambitious like that.

(Spoiler alert: I didn’t quite manage my goal. But four out of five countries isn’t bad, right?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So…. here’s what I made for photos in Slovenia!

Midsummer's Night Dream dress from Papercut

It’s the Midsummer’s Night Dream dress by Papercut Patterns.

And just like both of the previous Papercut patterns I’ve made (La Sylphide, and Ooh La Leggings), this pattern was an absolute dream! Katie is a fantastic pattern drafter – so far, I haven’t had any construction or fitting issues with any of the three patterns of her’s I’ve tried. I’m guessing she’s a trained fashion designer as well, as her patterns have the 1cm seam allowances that are garment industry standard. Plus she uses clever time-saving construction techniques, like setting in sleeves in the flat for the La Sylphide dress. (Which, incendentially, makes it a lot easier to set in a sleeve smoothly. I recommend you try it.)

Midsummer's Night Dream dress from Papercut

Anyway, back to the Midsummer’s Night Dream pattern….

It’s a pretty little wrap-around sleeveless dress, which crosses over in the front and ties around the waist with long ties. The skirt is quite full, unlike a lot of other wrap-around dresses I’ve seen out in pattern-land. (Which works well for me, as I do love a full skirt!) The neckline is finished with bias binding, which extends into long ties at either shoulder. The front panels feature a bit of gathering on the sides, so you get nice soft folds over the bodice, which I think look quite nice, although if I made this up in a heavier or stiffer fabric I’d omit the gathers.

(Side note: the tie shoulders make this dress pretty good if you’re breastfeeding, as you can just untie one shoulder, then tie it back up again afterwards.) (Hopefully that’s not too much information for the rest of you!)

Midsummer's Night Dream dress from Papercut

I made up a size S, and made no adjustments to the size at all. (Wrap dress styles are so forgiving in the fit department, don’t you think? Especially this one, with the shoulder ties meaning you can get the waist to the right level just by tying the shoulders in the right place. Easy!)

The only adjustment I made to the pattern was to the back skirt. The instructions called for it to be cut out in two pieces, then joined along the centre back seam. I couldn’t think of any good reason to do it that way, so just cut it on the fold (overlapping to omit the 1cm seam allowance for the omitted centre back seam). Nice and easy, and one less seam to sew and finish – win!

I’m not sure what fabric this is made from – I picked it up from Fabric-a-brac a while back. It’s soft and light and doesn’t crease (perfect for travelling!), and frays like crazy. My kind-of mother-in-law things it’s a viyella, and I’m inclined to agree with her. I had the exact amount for a Midsummer’s Night Dream dress, and I think the fabric suited the pattern perfectly. It hangs well, and is lightweight enough for the bodice pleats.

Midsummer's Night Dream dress from Papercut

I got a bit brave and tried making my own bias tape for the first time. (Yes, you read that right. Before now, I’d never made my own bias tape. Lazy me always bought it instead!) Even though I was using a fabric that frays heaps, it was surprisingly easy! And I love the way it looks, so I’ll definitely be branching out into self-made bias again in the future. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So yes, another Papercut pattern success! Katie has managed to (temporarily) lure me away from my vintage pattern love, to indulge in a little affair with her more modern designs. (I hope you’re not getting sick of Papercut on here yet, as I may be about to start on a skirt…. But shhhh, it’s a secret! My other sewing project hasn’t heard about it yet….)

Midsummer's Night Dream dress from Papercut

On a side note, isn’t Slovenia beautiful?!?! We were at Lake Bled for these photos, both up on the Bled castle, and then on the tiny island in the middle of the lake. So, so gorgeous! I think I’m in love with Slovenia….. *sigh*

Midsummer's Night Dream dress from Papercut

Midsummer's Night Dream dress from Papercut

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34 responses to “Floral Dream dress

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  2. Four out of five countries, well done you! I love your midsummer’s night dress, it has just made me want that pattern even more. Breastfeeding is a distant memory for me but pretty dresses that are practical for mummy’s who have to share – big ups to that ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to seeing more ….

    • Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

      It’s a lovely pattern – I must admit I didn’t fully appreciate it until after I’d tried making it. It’s remarkably easy to wear.

  3. I am loving this dress. serendipity as I have been thinking about a wrap style with full skirt to make ( been looking at my Japanese pattern book, again ) now I think this papercut could be the one !
    such awe inspiring photos , the light in the northern hemisphere is just sublime , as is your dress.
    the viyella was a great fimd !
    yay for selfmade bias !

    • One day I’m going to get me a Japanese pattern book…. So many people rave about them, I need to see one in person I think!

      Such gorgeous light, we were so lucky to get a brilliant sunny autumn day in Bled! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. love the dress and love the photo shoot.. i knew it’s somewhere in my neighborhood even before i read where you took the photos

  5. What a wonderful dress and a wonderful place.

  6. Fantastic photos – what a great idea to save your new makes and reveal them to us in holiday snaps! Really looking forward to the rest now.

  7. Wow, this is really beautiful location– absolutely breathtaking! The dress is lovely! What a fun goal!

  8. I had eyeballed this pattern but it’s so nice to see it made up “in real life” – very pretty and Slovenia is a perfect photoshoot location! ^__^

  9. Yay! this dress is so pretty!!! Thanks for the sleeves tip, I will try that on the dress I am working on right now (Vogue 2903 for my sister’s wedding)!!
    Have a lovely weekend! From Lisa

  10. This looks gorgeous on you! I love it โค

  11. What a fantatsic idea – I need to ‘borrow’ it.
    Your dress looks fabulous and Slovenia looks like an amazing place to visit.
    Wonderful photos.

  12. After I looked at all the photos of your dress and I had to scroll back up and look again to actually look at the view, haha, was so intent on looking at all the details on the dress! Slovenia is beautiful, so green and all that history.

    Ok, now I’m going to have to make THIS dress too! (*looks out the window) BRING ON SUMMER!

  13. Oh my, I almost don’t believe those lake photos are real! Freaking gorgeous – as is the dress. I’ve tried my hand at bias binding twice and found it surprisingly good (except I feel like sateen is a bad fabric choice for it).

    • I know, it’s totally like a view from a fantasy movie or something!?!

      Hmmm, sateen may be a bit thick for bias binding, I suspect…. I really want to do a bias-finish for a chiffon top I’m wanting to make, but I suspect that would be a very bad choice as well. I imagine battles with fraying and refusing to press – argh!

  14. What a gorgeous dress! You are definitely convincing me to try Papercut patterns. And Slovenia looks absolutely beautiful.

    • Slovenia is amazing. Utterly amazing. One day, I’m going to go back there and explore it some more!

      You should totally try Papercut patterns. They’re my favourite of all the indie ones I’ve tried. ๐Ÿ™‚ Go on, do it – you know you want to! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Mm, which is the best – the dress or the scenery. Tough choice! Love them both. Great backdrop for a great dress.

  16. I’m ridiculously impressed by all you manage to get done! ๐Ÿ™‚ and what great photos!

  17. Such a gorgeous setting for a great dress!

  18. Ooh your dress is gorgeous – and I was wondering where in NZ those photos were (why, the Slovenia part, of course!). I’m glad to hear the pattern is so well drafted – I’m waiting on a Papercut pattern in the mail, and can’t wait to try out a new-to-me designer.

  19. This is perfect. I love this pattern..

  20. Very pretty dress, Kat. And what a wonderful location! Looks like you had quite the time on your holiday!

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  22. A very beautiful dress on a lovely person in a gorgeous setting. Win win win!

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