If there is one patterned fabrics I love above all other patterned fabrics, it is the tie dye. Especially grey tonal tie dye. Its something I always gravitate too and is something that has seeped into my sewing stash. It gives a pattern without being frumpy, and it also goes with everything. I picked up some in my early days of sewing, a soft jersey knit. I had 3 metres worth so it has made a couple of items.
My no pattern oversized smock dress:
This was a simple make. I drew out a rough oversized smock shape on some brown paper, and used it for the front and slightly adjusted for the back. I made a simple Bias binding for the collar. The skirt I simply cut out two rectangles and gathered. I then attached that to the bodice and it was done.
The bodice slightly flared out and droops down at the sides, which i love. The material is so light that it flows when on.
I have worn this dress so much since I made it. Now I have my over locker, I am considering going over the inside to make it more durable for the wearing to come. Although I made this in the summer, I feel i can layer it up and wear it for Autumn and into winter with tights.
I definitely will make something similar in the smock style, i might go for a crush velvet style for winter, or even a thinner stretch denim with a pattern.