I’ve just been given the date for my MA graduation (yay!) and realised that I don’t have a suitable dress (other than the one I wore for my BA graduation) because the venue is obscenely hot and made worse by the lovely heavy polyester of the graduation gowns (sarcastic yay). A new summery dress would probably cost a minimum of £20 and knowing me, I’d spot and fall in love with something about twice that price. There’s also the distinct possibility that I wouldn’t find anything at all that I liked/fitted/suited me.
But fear not, help is at hand for your intrepid graduand! I downloaded this very pretty free pattern from Burda Style quite a while ago and this seems like the perfect opportunity to make and wear it.
It looks like quite a simple pattern, so I can have fun with a patterned fabric or some detailing on the ruffle or waistband. I might also make the skirt a bit fuller. If I really like the finished product, I would probably make a version with a circle skirt – swiiiing!
The weather’s been warming up here lately, so I’ve been looking at patterns for summery dresses for hot days, which is how I fell in love with this famous Butterick pattern:
And it’s super easy. And my favourite cheap fabric shop has this amazing printed cotton, called Fan Dance (what a great name!):
And I think I’m going to have to make a few different versions of this dress – I might end up wearing it all summer!
Roll on pay-day!