Parisienne Dress

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SIZESfrom 12 UK / 8 US to 12 UK / 8 US
FORMATPDF / Paper
DIFFICULTYAdvanced Beginner
BODY SHAPEAll body shapes / Apple / Athletic / Hourglass / Pear / Strawberry
PATTERN TYPEDress / FREE
SEWING TIMEAll day
FABRIC TYPECrepe / Georgette / Jersey / Knits / Rayon / Viscose / Challis

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The Parisienne Dress is really easy to wear. It is loose fitting and, being wide across the shoulders, is particularly flattering for pear-shaped figures (like mine). It belts in at the waist and finishes just above the knee.

.I have made it here, on the left, in a knitted jersey, inspired by some of the beautiful Missoni knitted fabrics I saw in Harvey Nichols the other day. This lovely blue and purple fabric is from Fabworks Mill Shop.  The belt is just some matching fabric folded over a couple of times and oversewn. TOP TIP: I wear a slip under it to stop it clinging to the lumps and bumps as this kind of fabric can.

The bottom hem has curved vents at the side which give it a little design difference. These are finished with bias binding which you can either make out of your leftover scraps of matching fabric or you can just buy some from a haberdashery store. If you are stuck as to how to do it then have a look at my How to… page for finishing curved edges with bias binding. Don’t forget to Stay Stitch your curves!

Sewing with stretchy fabrics like a jersey is always a bit of a challenge. Have a look at the How to… page for some tips and hints on how to handle it.

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