This is the first Style Sew Me pattern I’ve tried and it was also my first entry for the #bhmpatterndesigners challenge on Instagram. I also cannot forget to mention that the lovely Myra collaborated with me and used the same pattern for her first bhm look as well! You guys know me by now. I can get a bit adventurous with my sewing and I like my pieces to be ‘different’. Needless to say, this dress is pretty interesting! Both in fabric choice and design changes.
The Naomi dress is a pretty basic shift dress with the cutest shoulder ties! I wanted two of them so I made mine reversible. I used a slub rayon with a face print on one side and linen for the other. Using two different types of fabric was a horrible idea. By the time I was ready to hem the two together, the rayon had grown exponentially and I had to chop off some to make it even with the linen layer. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it continued to grow with wear so the hem is pretty wonky looking; lots of pulling! I am going to need to hem them separately and choose 1 side to wear as the outer all the time.
In relation to sizing, I fell between size L and XL and ended up making a new line between the 2. I then realized I could have just made the L since I ended up taking it in at the sides anyway. I hacked off quite a lot of length. For reference, I am 5’4″ and I used the lining length and still ended up taking off 2.5″ after. I have a DD cup and I generally cannot get away with a sleeveless dartless bodice. I had to add darts from the arm scye pointing to the apex to eliminate crazy arm gaping. So next time I make this dress, I will make a straight size L and add darts to the pattern piece.
All in all, this pattern is super easy to sew up. As long as you perfect the fit by making a mock up, it should go pretty smoothly! You can still use the lining to add a funky pop of a different colour or print without making it reversible. It would show at the straps and I’ll definitely be taking that route instead for my next one.
Another plus is that this pattern is bra friendly. Like I said, DD cup! I hate strapless bras and currently don’t own one that fits so I was pleasantly surprised that the tie straps concealed my bra straps quite well. A simple pattern that is an easy throw on dress – it’s a yes from me!