If I had only one pattern shop I was allowed to buy from, Hey June would be that place. Her patterns are seriously are the bee’s knees. Her quality is top notch, her instructions are always super easy to follow, and her designs are so awesome they are in constant rotation for me! I can’t stop making Lane Raglans!
I was super excited to be able to test her latest pattern the Charleston Dress. It comes with two views. Both views feature princess seams with a partially exposed zipper in the back. View A features pockets and pleats and view B features a more fitted sleek look, the perfect little black dress! Seven different sleeve variations are included making this the ultimate versatile garment! The options are endless. You can make a casual spring and summer dress, or make a formal dress. I love versatility in a pattern.
Aside from totally rocking the design, the directions are super easy to follow. If you are a beginner at sewing, I would highly recommend you buy patterns from Hey June before anyone else. She includes so many details and tips along with her very well written instructions, you will be able to walk right through the steps.
My bust fit in the measurements of small but my waist and hips were in the medium range. I decided to grade out to a medium. I think in the future I will stick to a straight size small. There is enough ease around the hips to do that on this dress for me. I actually think I would prefer a little less ease for my body type. Since I am smaller on top and wider on the bottom I feel like the included ease draws attention to my hips. I think I would like it a little more fitted for my personal preference. That is the beauty of sewing clothes, I can customize it to my liking!
I love how this dress turned out because I can dress it up for church, or I can dress it down for errands. I am thinking the next Charleston I make will be a dressier view B. I am thinking some lace overlay might be super pretty!!
I feel like I don’t really have to much to say because well this pattern rocks and you should just go buy it now!