One Pattern Two Ways

I don’t think I have ever mentioned here that I have been sewing samples for my friend Allie of Indiesew for the last year.  I remember when she emailed me about it, I couldn’t respond fast enough because really, who doesn’t love working with a super great lady while also sewing fun patterns.  If you haven’t checked out their website you should head there now, I will wait…

It’s pretty fantastic, eh?

My favourite part about sewing these samples is that more times than not I go outside of my style comfort zone and try a pattern I might not normally sew.  I have found patterns I love over the last year thanks to Allie, and the Derby dress by Christine Hayes is definitely one of those patterns.  Even better is when a pattern can do double duty, so let me show you one pattern two ways!

First up is the dress that I sewed for Allie in a fabric that has been in my stash forever, it had just been sitting there waiting to be used but I never really had the right pattern for it.  Then the Derby Dress came along and it was the perfect choice.

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This lime green linen that I had left over from the kids Easter outfits a few years ago was the perfect compliment to the fabric.  I only wish I had more so I could have used it on the bottom ruffle.  I did manage to sneak it into the pockets though.

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Speaking of pockets, I am pretty sure pockets should be required on all dresses and tunics, period!  My only complaint about the pocket is that my hands don’t fit all the way into them.  Maybe I just have really big hands.

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The back of the dress is simplicity at it’s best!  Such a flattering look.

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When I sent this dress off to Allie I was already dreaming of another version in a drapey rayon without the collar, the final result is everything I imagined it to be.

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Not only did I leave off the collar for a more modern and clean line but I also shortened it into a tunic length but leaving the bottom ruffle off.  It now pairs so well with shorts or a crisp pair of white pants.

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I think the length is perfect for me, but I am 5’9″ so if you wanted more of a tunic you may need to shorten the pattern pieces slightly.

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This pattern has been so perfect for the super hot summer we have been having.  Both versions have been worn on repeat and I am already thinking of making another one because at this point I don’t think it will ever cool down.

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