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The Perfect Spring Dress | New Look 6262

If you follow me on instagram, you may well have seen a picture of this dress posted a few weeks ago. This has been by far my most challenging project to date, for which I had to fumble my way through learning a few new skills.

Back in December I bought this beautiful cotton floral printed fabric from my favourite local fabric shop Rolls & Rems in Lewisham. It really is a treasure trove of fabric at really good prices. Without knowing that it would become a dress, I picked up 1.5m on a whim at £5.50 a metre and it sat in my fabric drawer until after Christmas when I saw this post. So I went back to the shop to pick up the New Look 6262 pattern and work began. 

It was a little silly of me as I didn't actually check how much fabric I needed so I had to be very clever with how I placed the parts but I managed to squeeze it all in with only scraps to spare.

I'm super pleased with how this dress has turned out, sure there are definitely parts that could be improved upon, but my main triumphs were inserting a zip (supposed to be invisible but I bought the wrong one... doh) and using bias binding on the sleeves, as well as sewing a gathered skirt to the fitted bodice.

If I use this pattern again - which I definitely will, the other variations are just as nice and I think it's the perfect style of dress for spring/summer - then I'll probably shorter the skirt by a couple of inches but it's still a good length as it is.

It's still a little too chilly to wear this at the moment in the UK... BUT as soon as the sun pokes out of the sky for good, this dress is going to get so much wear!