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When Toni asked me if I wanted to join, I took a look at their patterns and really loved the comfortable style of the Coastal Breeze dress. I had been on the lookout for something to wear over my swimsuit at the pool and decided this would be perfect.
I already used it at the pool once and loved how I felt completely comfortable, yet still cute while wearing it.
The pattern calls for pleats on the front and back. I decided I just wanted to do some gathering stitches instead and I like how that turned out, plus it sped things up even more while sewing.
I sized down since the pictures looked more loose fitting than I wanted. And it worked. I cut my neck binding too long which made it hang funny. What I should have done is unpick the neck binding and taken some length off. But what I did instead was take in the neckline with a dart in the middle of the back. It works. Plus there is a little more coverage this way and I can still easily fit the dress over my head.
What I love best about this dress is that you can leave the armd and bottom un-hemmed if you wanted because it is made with knit fabric. I really wanted a casual look for the pool, and left the arm holes and the bottom un-hemmed. Well, the bottom is not hemmed because I actually barely eeked out this dress from one yard of fabric (I’m that good ;) ). Anyways, my point is that I didn’t want to hem it because it would have been too short for my liking. I love how quick making this dress with gathers and leaving hems unfinished was.
Want to dress it up? No problem, throw on some heels or wedges, a blazer, and you look ready for a night out. Perfect!
Plus you can still race your kids! Cute, comfortable, and practical. My kind of dress! Sorry for the blurry pic below—my 5 year old took it :).
Pattern Pieces, Instructions, and Skill Level
The pattern printed out fine with no problems. The instructions were very clear and I didn’t get confused during the process at all. I feel like a beginner could easily tackle this project.
I made the XS, sizing down from my measurements to get a more fitted look. I didn’t hem the bottom or the sleeves so I could have the casual style I was going for.
Modifications to Pattern
Left sleeves unhemmed. I also did gathers in place of the pleats and took a dart at the back neckline to keep the neck from gaping since I cut the neckline binding too long.
I used knit fabric from Fabric.com (not in stock currently).
How Long it Took to Sew
These numbers I can never be sure if they are accurate, but my guess is from start to finish, including cutting, it probably took an hour.
Things I Might Change Next Time
I’d cut a smaller neckline, just raise it a bit I think. I would also shorten the neck binding so that it doesn’t gap away from the body like mine did.
So comfortable and so cute!
I love the dress! I recommend this pattern!