Hope ya’ll had a lovely 4th of July! In Lexington, it’s been raining all week so my fourth was wet, but green. To get into the holiday spirit, I sewed up a red, white, and blue dress using Seamwork’s Adelaide dress pattern. Have you heard of Seamwork? It’s Colette Pattern’s online sewing magazine and each issue features two new pdf patterns that you can download with your subscription. If you want to learn more about this dress and Seamwork, read on.
First, let’s talk about this fabric. You know I love to talk about fabric. This is a beautiful rayon that I bought at Mood Fabrics LA last summer for only $12/yard. I think that’s a pretty fair price. I love this fabric because it feels non-fussy and the print has a cool vintage quality about it.
Plus, the lightweight rayon feels delicious against my skin on hot summer days. For this dress, I only needed a little over two yards, so my fabric only ran me $24. Not bad for a one of a kind handmade with love and care dress!
Adelaide by Seamwork is a very easy-going dress with an optional tie-belt and it features snap closures instead of buttons. Personally, I love snaps. Once you get the hang of how to install them, they’re a game-changer. I so much prefer to install snaps than to sew up buttons, amiright?
The neckline and armholes are finished with bias binding. Usually, I’m a bit intimidated by this finish. For some reason, my bias binding just never seems to want to lay nice for me. This time, however, I’m quite pleased with my finish. Maybe practice makes perfect?
Everything looks very tidy. Seamwork claims this dress can be made in three hours. I’m sure if this were my third version, I’d agree. However, I think three hours is a bit ambitious. I’d say this dress took five or six hours to complete.
I like Seamwork’s patterns because they always include a wide-format version. I don’t give a damn if it’s going to cost me $15 to have Kinko’s print this pattern on a wide format printer. There’s no damn way I’m going to tape 38 pages together before I actually cut out my pattern. So, that’s exactly what I did.
I decided to cut a size 6 without making a muslin first. Sallie Oh cut a size 4 and House of Pinheiro cut an 8, so I just figured I was probably somewhere in between and cut a 6. I did add about an inch or two to the shoulders, though, because when I cut out the pattern and held it up to my body I just had a feeling that I was going to need extra length there. I was right. After you’ve been sewing for awhile you just start to get a sense about these things. Anyway, I have to share with you House of Pinheiro’s version. I love it! That vintage fabric is everything. She looks cool AF.
If you want to make your own version of Adelaide, subscribe to Seamwork! A subscription is only $6/month and each subscription includes credits for two pattern downloads. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire pattern library so you can choose to download patterns from past issues, too. And, if you use my referral link you will get your first month half off for only $3! Whoa! That means each pattern is only $1.50. Such a good deal! Sign up here.
Also, check out my past Seamwork projects here.