These last couple days I’ve had the pleasure of pattern-testing the Goodship Dress, by my friend Karen of Circus. The dress is a simple middy-style including a box pleat, in-seam pockets, and large bow-tie closure.
Phoenix loves the dress. They say it is very “cool and breezy”, and they call it a “Pilgrim dress”.
The armscye and collar bindings were simple but appealing. Nothing in particular was tricky about construction, although if I made the dress in linen again I’d likely cut everything on the bias. Better yet, I’d make it with a blend that had more drape.
A coda: I had despaired of finishing this dress on vacation, since my 1967 New Home sewing machine started snapping its upper thread and Ralph and I could not figure out how to fix it. In Shelton today I stopped into the Sew Now Studio in dowtown Shelton. What a wonderful shop – it had actual supplies one needs to make garments – tons of wonderful zippers, sturdy ribbing, bottomweights, lining, knits, woolens, all purpose threads in every color, buttons. Wonderful stuff. Imagine that! Yes, I am envious of the Shelton locals. Anyway, I picked up fabric, lining, interfacing and buttons for a coat for Nels – and even more fabulously, rented a Kenmore sewing machine so I could finish my work here at the cabin!
What an awesome dress! I absolutely love it.
I’m stunned at all the beauty you’ve captured here. Thank you for spending time on this project whilst on vacation. And thank you for sharing these spectacular images of my favorite Phoenix.
How lovely – the photos, the dress, the look on Phoenix’s face, everything! I like the contrast of the shirting collar with the linen of the dress. Scott was looking over my shoulder and commented that it looked like a pilgrim dress – and that was before I’d had a chance to scroll down and see that Phoenix called it that, too!