I have to admit, the Spring Dress is not a style I would normally choose for myself, I love the style, but I am always nervous about off the shoulder stuff and usually do gathered skirts. I am now converted! I feel
And I came up with some great style options for coolish weather as well since lovely spring weather is basically a week in May where I live and up until
How to style it 3 different ways!
When I got this pattern to sew for the Sew Fab promotion I was like ok… I mean I have a wedding coming up to attend… but where will I wear this? I can now say I’ll be wearing this all over! Clearly, the dress is a great option for weddings and anywhere with dancing! I had to toss out half my photoshoot because I kept dancing while taking pics so they were all blurry! But this dress is so easy to casual up and chic up and make it wear to work fancy too!
Option 1- “Mom” Look
My first style look I call the mom look. Paired with a longer drape cardi the Spring dress is comfy cozy for spring school pick ups and the PTA meetings to attend. You still look chic but also approachable casual.
Option 2- Casual and carefree
My second styling – moto jacket – it is a little more edgy, but pairs well still. Would be cute with some leggings underneath and short boots too for a warmer look!
The cropped jean jacket – I think this jacket goes with literally every single dress I have in my closet. Casual and chic still yet the Spring dress is a little step up from the draped cardi and a little less edgy than the moto jacket.
Option 3- Office Chic
The last style is for the I’m off to the office look or for going a meeting or somewhere that you want to look a bit extra smart for. A short button up cardi – buttoned up over the dress the circle skirt just falls gorgeously under the cardi and you are chic and ready to go with a pair of heels!
And of course, once the weather has warmed up I can ditch the jackets and wear this adorable dress without a cover! I discovered I can wear it completely off the shoulder as per the pattern image, or I can wear it pulled slightly up onto the shoulder, which covers regular bra straps perfectly!
The Spring dress has 3 options for the skirt, close and fitted, the party length (which is what I chose) and the knee length. One thing I love about this dress is how FAST it is to sew! I was shocked how quickly it came together – literally a lazy 2hours and I was done.
The size range is from a 32bust to a 44bust, (xs-xxl) I made mostly a small but graded between xs on a few spots, which works well since this is a layered pattern and you can select which sizes to print. The pattern also includes a great little section on how to grade between sizes to get a perfect fit, as is the normal with Thread Faction patterns.
For fabrics I chose custom cotton lycra with 4 way stretch. You forsure want a four way stretch for this dress and I like the way the skirt falls skims over me as I wear it in the weight of the 12oz cotton lycra.
One of the main reasons why I rarely choose to make or buy off the shoulder stuff is because I always have felt like things fall down. I have narrow shoulders and a small bust, not great for holding clothing up. However, the Spring Dress has a GREAT little bit of elastic in just the right place that was easy to install, has a tidy finish AND keeps the dress perfectly in place! Even with all the dancing it stayed up and I never adjusted once throughout picture day!