The spark of inspiration for this dress actually came from this dress from Club Monaco. I saw it pasted larger than life on an advertisement and knew I had to make a version of my own. I really loved the relaxed silhouette for hot sticky summer days. I selected this blue silk crepe de chine in my stash and thankfully I had just enough of it to accommodate all the volume and layers I needed to achieve the look I wanted.
For the bodice of the pattern I started with Simplicity 1615 View A (see Katy’s version of this tank) but omitted the collar-esqe bit on the front and shortened it with a curved seam starting 2″ below the waistline at the center front. I created a curved seam for the back as well dipping down at the center back.
For the skirt pieces I just used rectangles – two pieces measuring 10″ by width of the fabric for the shorter top layer and two pieces measuring 22″ by the width of the fabric for the longer bottom layer.
The top skirt layer was left open at the side seams to allow access to the pockets. For the hemming of the top layer I folded the sides in 1/4″ twice and topstitched then folded up the bottom 1/4″ twice and topstitched. I hemmed the lower edge of the bottom skirt layer 3″ in total (1 1/2″ turned up twice). I finished the interior seams of the bodice with french seams and serged the pockets and side seams of the lower skirt.
I’m very pleased with the final outcome – I think the bold color offsets the simple silhouette and it’s so comfy and easy to wear. It did turn out a bit dressier than I anticipated and I believe that is because of the sheen of the silk, so I’ve been wearing it with sandals and a biker jacket to dress it down.
I decided I wanted a long necklace to go with it, but when I combed through my baubles I deemed everything too flashy, so I made the necklace I was envisioning. Fortunately there is an adorable knitting and beading supply store right near Grey’s so I was easily able to acquire all the bits I needed. I made the tassels, and strung them with some wooden beads and brass accents and voila! I will create a tutorial on making your own tassels very soon.
3 yds crepe de chine