Dominican Republic: #V7521
Since the official day of summer has kicked off, I am excited to jump headfirst into summer sewing. But first, I want to go back to a tropical vacation I took this winter. In January I visited Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic and had an amazing time soaking up the sun on the beaches.
For the trip I made Vogue pattern #7521 view A. This halter dress pattern is a tried & true tested pattern for me; I have been using this pattern since high school!
I was part of a program in high school my junior and senior year that allowed me to earn college credit for fashion design. For half of the day I would attend class on a different campus and learn things such as basic sewing techniques, how to follow a pattern, and create fun challenges. At the end of each year we would put on one big fashion show! This is my maxi version of the Vogue pattern:
In my senior collection I used a silky knit fabric with an organza cape. Jumping forward to this year, I used a lightweight woven polyester fabric that I purchased on a trip to Brazil years ago. This print caught my eye; I don't usually go for yellow as I don't think it looks the best with my complexion. But wow, did this dress win me over in the end.
I've had this fabric in my stash for close to 2 years, I cut out the pattern pieces right away but unfortunately realized I was missing the waistband pattern piece! This dress sat in a bin for another year before I decided that I would salvage it and order another pattern online. I'm so glad I did.
The dress features a waist band, cross bodice panels with halter neckline, center back invisible zipper, hook & eyes, full lining, and a full, gathered skirt. It comes with the option of a maxi or short skirt as well as straps and a cape. View A also includes a detachable self sash. Although I made it, I decided not to include the sash as the dress looked great without it. I also love that the bodice is gathered as you can adjust the coverage to as much or as little as you would like.
If you can get your hands on this pattern, you won't regret it!