There are many things I love about itch to Stitch Designs patterns. They are very well written to give a highly professional finish and the designs themselves have plenty of unique details and design features. The new pattern, the Oceanside dress, is no exception.
The Oceanside dress is a casual or sporty style relaxed fit dress. The cute ‘V’ cut out and raglan sleeves allow for creative colour-blocking (though there is an option to leave out the V should you wish for a simpler sew or style) and the cinching waistband shapes the dress to perfectly enhance and flatter the female form.
The dreamy drapey look of this dress is greatly enhanced by a lighter-weight knit with good drape, of course, as there are no fastenings, the fabric needs to have a good stretch (50-70% stretch is recommended) and good recovery. I choose a stretch viscose for both my main fabric and contrast. My main fabric was a simple stripe and my contrast a coordinating solid. I felt the stripe would play to the sporty style of the dress and the lighter background would make the dress feel refreshing and summery. An unexpected benefit of my stripe fabric was the effect that was created by the half circle skirt, turning my stripe into a very interesting ‘wave’, a unique design feature of my dress which fitted in beautifully with the ‘oceanside’ theme/name of the pattern.
The dress is a relatively straight forward sew. One of the things I loved about the construction of this dress was the detail in a seemingly simple style – the sleeves attached to the bodice to form a V which mirrored the cut out on the front of the bodice and mirrored the V created where the unique sleeve band meet the sleeve at the sleeve seam. It makes for a very satisfying sew when these detailed design features come together so well and so easily and is testament to how thought out and well written the pattern is.
The dress itself was incredibly comfortable and very flattering. The waistband was not uncomfortably tight and helped shaped the dress to my curves whilst the relaxed bodice and skirt skimmed around, rather than clung to, my chest and hips. The dress ended just above my knee which is the ideal length for my everyday style and activities, as it would be very easy to lengthen and shorten this skirt I intend to try some different lengths in my future versions – I will definitely be throwing a slightly shorter version of this dress in the bottom of my beach bag to use as a beach cover up, being so lightweight it will be perfect for protecting my skin whilst staying cool in the midday sun.
All in all, this was a very enjoyable sew with a very satisfying result; a comfortable and flattering and very wearable everyday garment.
The dress is on sale now, no coupon code needed, until Tuesday 4th July, with an additional $1 discount available to members of their facebook group for the first 24 hours (until 8am Wednesday 28th June)