This modern update on a classic 1950s-style fit-and-flare dress is a spring showstopper ideal for parties, weddings and proms, but it could be easily dressed down for a vintage-inspired daytime look, too.
Pleats add detail at the neckline, bodice darts at the front and back ensure a flattering fit, and the flared skirt is perfect for twirling on the dancefloor!
This simple-sew project will take you through key dressmaking skills step by step, including transferring pattern markings, inserting an invisible zip, adding neckline and armhole facings, sewing neat darts and pleats, constructing a fitted bodice and attaching and hemming a full skirt.
The Daisy Dress
Issue 15, £6.99
Sizes: UK 6-20
■ Add a neckline pleat detail
■ Insert an invisible side zip
■ Sew neat darts
■ Attach and hem a full skirt
■ Construct a fitted bodice
You will need
■ Sizes 6-14: 115cm (45in) width fabric x 2.5 metres (23/4yds)
■ Sizes 16-20: 150cm (60in) width fabric x 2.5 metres (23/4yds)
■ Iron-on interfacing: to match fabric weight, for all sizes: 50x90cm (20x35in)
■ Invisible zip: to match fabric, 30cm (12in)
■ Matching thread
■ Basic sewing kit
Fabric suggestions: Brocade, cotton, cotton lawn, cotton sateen, crepe de chine, crepe suiting, georgette, poplin, polyester, satin, silk, linen.