I always like finding out how other sewers work, how they went through the thought process that bought them to a certain garment.
Its a bit of a riddle like what came first, the chicken or the egg? Was it the pattern or was it the fabric. Usually with myself, it is the pattern leads to the choice of fabric (although if I was more organised and only bought what I need for patterns I would have a very small fabric stash!) But this time round, I used a fabric which dictated a pattern to me, I have now made oversized smock dress 2.0.
Way back when I first had this idea with a beautiful grungy coloured tie dye fabric and self drafted a pattern. I wanted it almost baby doll like and almost too exaggerated. It worked and I still wear this to death, but it could be baggier! (check that out here)
So into my life via my cheap shop came this beautiful Mauve Fabric. It was quite heavy, soft to the touch and had an amazing drape. It also was the most beautiful mauve colour I had ever seen, and for someone who limits her colour palette to black/white/grey&nude, I was in strange territory…
So How Did It Sew?
I think I have sussed out what I want from a smock dress. I think the key for me it the amount of length on the shoulder, from collar to sleeve. I exaggerated this aspect and it has turned out extremely successful compared to other attempts. Also keeping it ‘boxy’ and square really gives that oversized feel, with no shape. I love how the waistband hangs with an arc, and the skirt follows.
The colour looks great on, despite still being quite muted, it IS indeed a colour that has snuck its way into my wardrobe, but a beautiful Autumnal colour at that.!
I can’t wait to wear this layered up over tights and boots this Autumn/winter the heavier fabric really gives that added warmth to the piece.
I am sure this is not my last oversized smock dress, so watch this space!