Spring blossoms dress

Can I just say how much I love this dress? It was meant to be a wearable muslin because I was having second thoughts about the fabric, but now that it’s finished I want to wear it all the time! It’s comfortable and casual, yet fun and flirty, loose and flowy, but fitted in all the right places. Perfect for spring and summer bike rides, picnics, and going to the beach!

Papercut Patterns Midsummer Night's Dream Dress

Pattern: Midsummer Night’s Dream by Papercut Patterns (I almost passed this one over because of the, um, “odd” spelling. I’m not sure what that’s about, but I refuse to copy it!)
Fabric: Valori Wells, Wish, Treasure – Tolerance from Pink Chalk Fabrics
Size: XXS
Modifications: Shortened the front and sides by 2″ and the back by 4″ (to make the hem even), gathered the top sides (removing 3″ on each side)

This dress was so close to becoming completely unwearable because of major gaping on the sides. I’m not just talking a bit of side-boob. You could see everything if you were standing in the right spot! After a bit of fiddling, I figured out what the problem was: my long torso, as usual! As an experiment, I adjusted the straps to look like they do on the model, so they would lie on the flatter part of the upper chest, and the waist ties came to my under bust line – that is one long upper torso I have, ha ha!

Obviously, I couldn’t wear it like that, so I had to come up with another solution. I put the waist ties back down to my actual waist, and pinched out the excess (3″!) in the form of gathers to get it to lie flat. I actually quite like the soft gathers over the bust, even better than the original, so I plan to do this for future versions too. The only problem was unpicking the bias binding and trying to reattach it after it had been trimmed. It looks a little messy up close!

Papercut Patterns Midsummer Night's Dream Dress Papercut Patterns Midsummer Night's Dream Dress

I messed up on the pattern placement, so the flowers are pointing down, and I didn’t even try to match the print. I don’t think it’s really possible to match at the back seam anyway because the edges are on an angle facing opposite directions. I’m not a huge fan of centre back seams in general, but I don’t think it’s too noticeable.

Papercut Patterns Midsummer Night's Dream Dress

Papercut Patterns Midsummer Night's Dream Dress

Finished with french seams throughout, and it’s a little wrinkly after wearing!

Papercut Patterns Midsummer Night's Dream Dress

Awkward arms! Modelling does not seem to come naturally to me, ha ha!

I’m just not sure how I feel about the shoulder ties. Too cutesy? I think I might do regular straps for my next version. What do you think?


25 thoughts on “Spring blossoms dress

  1. Rebecca

    What a beautiful easy to wear dress! I love it! Laughing about the spelling of the pattern bothering you- as the daughter of an English lit teacher that kind of thing drives me crazy too. πŸ™‚

  2. Jo

    It’s so beautiful! I love your creative use of gathers to fix the fitting issue. What a lovely result. I like the shoulder ties but regular straps would work too! πŸ™‚

  3. ellebougies

    What a lovely dress! You’ve made it look a lot more appealing than the one on their model – I might overlook the odd grammar now and give it a try, as I’ve been wanting to make a wrap dress. πŸ˜‰

  4. Katie

    Ha! I’ve noticed that about the pattern spelling too — glad it didn’t keep you from buying the pattern! Your dress is just lovely and I love your springy fabric!

  5. Liz

    I love your dress, but I wanted to check, you’re complaining about the whole Midsummers’ Night vs Midsummer Night’s – I would say that it was a grammar issue, not a spelling issue, but I feel like I’m quibbling?

    1. Chantal Post author

      Ha ha! You’re right. I was thinking it should be spelled the same as the original play title, but grammatically, as a phrase, it doesn’t make any sense either.

      1. Liz

        Good point πŸ˜› The dress is beautiful either way, so I hope you’re still enjoying it πŸ™‚

  6. Zoe

    Ooh, that’s really pretty, you picked a great fabric! How annoying about the side boob factor, I get that a lot with sewing patterns for some reason.

  7. thenerdyseamstress

    This is such a cute dress and it looks amazing on you! I never would have considered it before, but in the fabric you chose, it’s amazing! I think I would prefer the regular strap without ties. Ohh, you might have just convinced me to buy this pattern!

    Oh, and I didn’t notice the spelling at all. How funny!

  8. Carolyn

    What a gorgeous and flattering summer dress! It’s funny you mention that you weren’t sure about the fabric because that’s my favorite part. πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear you had such a saga getting the pattern to fit (I can relate to having a long upper torso), but you seem to have worked it out really well. I love all the gathers. Wear it with pride!

    1. Chantal Post author

      Thanks, Carolyn! Fitting is always a challenge, but I really like the dress, and I’ve been wearing it a lot, so I think it’s going to be a TNT pattern for me – that makes it worthwhile in the end!

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