The Daphne Day Dress was the first pattern test I made and it was for Melbourne-based designer Sew This Pattern. I love pattern testing because it pushes me out of my comfort zone in regards to styles I would usually choose and I often surprise myself.
This is the first fit and flare dress I have made (I tend to go for dresses that are more fitted around the hips) and I absolutely love the result. I made this dress in a 10-hr binge sewing session on the weekend before the test feedback was due. It was a fully immersive, enjoyable day topped of by a satisfying result.
This dress is made from a beautiful and buttery cotton sateen that I bought from Darn Cheap Fabrics in Melbourne.
My previous experience with cotton sateen was only with those from Spotlight and to be quite frank, as is often the case with Spotlight, the quality was disappointing. Hence why I was pleasantly surprised by this fabric.
I did not make any adjustments as this was a pattern test. I also did not make a toile due to time constraints.
The bodice is interesting- it is constructed using multiple pieces and they come together beautifully. Annie's instructions are really clear and walk you through the steps but I would suggest that this bodice is not beginner friendly. For those who prefer more back coverage, Annie has just released a version of the same dress with a full-covering back bodice.
What I would do different next time:
I definitely needed a full bust adjustment. This pattern has been beautifully drafted but I can only assume it has been cut based on the industry standard B-cup. I am a C-cup and usually need a 1 - 1.5cm full bust adjustment (FBA). It doesn't seem like much but it makes a big difference.
With that said though, the style of the bodice and the stretch of the sateen has allowed me to get away without the FBA so I can still wear the dress comfortably and confidently.
I have discovered the fuss about fit-and-flare dresses. I love love love this dress. I haven't had the opportunity to wear it in public yet but with wedding season coming up, there will be plenty of occasions to show Daphne off!
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