This is the Robe Melanie pattern from Geraldine Debeauvois’ (Republique du Chiffon) beautiful book Un Ete Couture. I was a little skeptical when I first saw this pattern, (a dress with a zip at the front??) but lovely versions kept popping up and I knew it would challenge my currently limited skillset too!
Mistakes I made:
- Do not measure yourself for a dress before Christmas and then make it after all the cheese, wine and chocolate has mysteriously disappeared from your house.
- Read the pattern and read it again so that you know you should include seam allowances.
1.Patterns are not always right. This one had a significant mistake in the shoulder assembly. It felt nice that I worked it out by by myself and was able to correct it.
2.I put in a zip, my first zip! I was terrified of ending up with a massively wonky zip and having to bin some very nice fabric but with a lot of googling and a lot of patience, pinning and planning it went in perfectly the first time.
3. I used really nice fabric. Still getting used to taking scissors to something that is so pretty it should be framed! I fell in love with this when a new sewing cafe opened in my city and just couldn’t let it stay in the shop. If you’re in Plymouth check out Make@140.
This is by far the nicest thing I’ve ever made and I’m so pleased that I can share a success. I had a tiny panic about my 2016 challenge just before i started this dress, something about going cold turkey from shopping during the sale maybe? Now that I’ve made this dress I feel a lot more confident and relaxed about the year ahead.