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As part of my wardrobe planning for the Virgin Islands I wanted a dress that could be either formal or casual. The Adelaide was perfect! I went with a black twill as my fabric choice and the end result is super comfy!
This pattern is pretty simple, only a few pieces (5 total). The instructions were easy to follow and I didn’t run into any problems making the dress. It was pretty fun hammering all those snaps in. It took time, but when I was done I felt very accomplished!
My measurements never fall into one size for dresses so I had to grade between sizes. I graded from a size 2 at the top down to a size 8 for my hips. When I went to trace the back darts I wasn’t exactly sure which one to trace so I settled on the size 6 dart. There was no calculations, I tend to wing it when I am not exactly sure instead of trying to figure out the perfect way. It ended up turning out perfect. I stayed with the size 2 dart for the front dart.
I am in dire need of a bodkin. The instructions were to turn the belt loop strip right side out after sewing, but that was not happening. So I serged the seam allowance then folded and stitched it in place. The serging sits at the back of the loop which is totally fine with me.
I added one inch to each tank strap and heightened the neckline. I personally didn’t want really narrow straps. I also lengthened the dress three inches to hit my knees. I love sewing because I can adjust any pattern to make it meet my modesty standards!
The dress fits amazing, expect the arm holes. They are a little snug, but it may be because my body is just weird proportions. Having to make a size 2 for my bust and size 8 for my hips may mean I am not a true size 2 in my arms? Haha, anyway It really doesn’t bug me, I will just lower the armscye depth the next time I make this dress.
I love how simple and flattering this dress is. I used a black denim/twill and it is the perfect amount of stretch/structure! I am usually drawn to fun prints and colors, but I decided I need to start going with more neutral colors. I find myself getting sick of bold patterns fast. I love that it can be dressed up or down, perfect for our upcoming vacation in the Virgin Islands!