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If you had any idea how long this pattern has been in the works, you’d be very happy for me today! This pattern has been on a bit of a journey with me and has taught me a LOT! In the early days of her conception, this poor girl, along with my computer, was hijacked by a car washer named Dan, she’s been re-drafted, re-written and made into more muslin’s than I’d care to say. She’s waited patiently while I tended to writing a book, she’s trekked to Australia and back, twice. After all of this, I’ve wanted to give up on her a few times, but I just couldn’t because, well, I’m stubborn and I just really love her! She’s taught me patience, perfectionism and the importance of simplicity.
Hannah is named after my sister’s childhood best friend in Scotland. After we moved far away, they always kept in touch. Many homes, friends, years later, Hannah has always been a constant in our lives. This a special and rare thing for someone that moves a lot, so needless to say, she’s very special to us. So, for our friend who’s been there since almost as long as I can remember, kinda like this pattern, this one’s is for you!
Ok, enough mushy mush, let’s get down to details...
This pattern is about simple shapes and geometry. I wanted to step away from the vintage aesthetic for a moment because I was craving something different. I wanted to make something a bit more minimal and clean and something that I could easily slip on and feel put together. My favorite thing about her is that she’s a little business in the front, party at the back.
HANNAH is a sleeveless dress with a subtle A-line shift silhouette. It features angled side seams and front pockets, which transition cleverly into folding side-panels that wrap around to the back and criss-cross over each other. The hemline, with its upward curve at the sides and a subtle dip in the back, takes its inspiration from men’s shirting, A high neckline is edged with a double fold binding. The button up front is concealed with a hidden button placket for a minimal touch.
Version 1 makes a minimal dress with one common fabric throughout. Version 2 allows you to color block by contrasting the side panels, button placket and neck binding, thereby framing the dress and playing up the geometric shapes.
The cross over back which transitions into side panels and lead into pockets at the front of the dress.
For a minimal look, a hidden button placket conceals the button up front. The high neckline is finished with a double bias binding.
The curved hemline takes its inspiration from men's shirting and creates a great contrast to the straight edge, angled side seams.
Learn something new:
This dress boasts a handful of details that you’ll have fun sewing. Designed for an intermediate level, this pattern will teach you the how to:
• Work with bias edges
• Master a hidden button placket
• Finish a curved hemline with facing
• Finish a neckline with double fold bias binding
• Face an armhole with a single bias facing
There’s lot of love put into this little lady and I hope you enjoy her. Hannah is available in the shop as a PDF pattern now!