100 Acts of Sewing - Dress No 3
Founded by Sonya Philip and based on a strong mission, 100 Acts of Sewing is based on her very thoughtful and artisanal approach to fashion and making. I encourage you to read more about it here, but my favourite insight in her beautiful statement of purpose is this, "Making clothing is a conscious choice; it is an investment of time over convenience. The creation of a functional garment, engenders self-sufficiency and happiness. Since it is perilous to compare what one makes to the immutable perfection of store-bought, in sewing for oneself it is the work itself, and the recognition of flaws and gradual achievement of better skills as part of that work, that produces satisfaction."
Dress No. 3 is a caftan with a V-neck front and center seam. The sleeves and body are one piece and side vents add to the freedom of movement. It's perfect for lounging inside or pool-side. You will want to wear this everywhere.
A separate instruction book takes you through all the steps, from tracing and cutting the pattern pieces, to making and sewing bias tape. Dress length is 42 inches (107 cm) - 46 inches (117 cm) from shoulder. The pattern is printed on bond paper, with eight nested sizes.
Full bust measurement (your body size):
XS: 32 inches (81 cm); S: 35 inches (89 cm);
M: 38 inches (97 cm); L: 41 inches (104 cm);
XL: 44 inches (112 cm); 2X: 47 inches (119 cm);
3X: 50 inches (127 cm); 4X: 53 inches (135 cm)
Cotton lawn and voile, light-weight linen and natural fiber blend fabric (no jersey or knits)
using 45 inch width fabric (114 cm)
XS: 2 5/8 yards (2.4 m); S - M: 2 3/4 yards (2.55 m); L: 3 yards (2.75 m); XL - 2X: 3 3/8 yards (3.1 m)
using 60 inch width fabric (152 cm)
3X: 3 3/8 yards (3.1 m); 4X: 3.5 yards (3.2 m)
If desired, additional 1/2 yd (0.5m) or fat quarter of contrast fabric for bias tape. Optional notion: 3/4" (18mm) bias tape maker
Garments made using 100 Acts of Sewing patterns are for personal use only and are not intended for commercial sewing.