Afternoon Dress by Jennifer Lauren Handmade

The Afternoon pattern has a blouse or a shift dress option.  You can choose either a box pleat or a subtle elasticated back in the dress to give it more shape.

I liked the look of the elasticated back more than the box pleats and I am really pleased with it!  I already have another cut out ready to sew up.

afternoon dressI used a lovely navy swallow chambray from Higgs and Higgs (£6.99 m), it feels lovely on and it is really easy to work with.  I do try to pick natural fibres where possible as I like breathable fabrics.

The construction was simple, there isn’t anything that is difficult.  Jennifer’s instructions are fabulous and easy to follow.  A bias binding casing holds the elastic making the inside super neat, I used a contrasting binding as I like the pop of colour on the inside too.  It’s your choice which side the front crosses over, I chose a red heart button to compliment the Navy.  I do seem to choose very ‘safe’ colours when I buy fabric so I add the pop of colour with the buttons and accessories!

A beautiful dress which is easy and quick to make, I love it!




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