A Love Note to Dress No. 2

by Cameron

I cannot stop sewing, or wearing, Dress No. 2. It's simple to sew, infinitely variable, and so comfortable to wear. Like all of Sonya Philip's patterns, it has a really nice, swing-y shape that feels flattering and freeing.

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I made this one in a Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannel, and it's about as cozy as a dress can be. I need just 2 yards of 45" wide fabric to make the size small, which is a little less than the suggested yardage.  I've also made a couple in double gauze that I love. Gina and Sarah have also made some beautiful versions of Dress No. 2. Sarah's is made with a knit, which shows how versatile this magic pattern is!

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100 Acts of Sewing patterns are ideal for a beginning sewist because the construction and the fit are so easy to tackle, but I also think they're a great option for people with more experience under their belt. For me, they make me feel like having a handmade wardrobe is possible, because I really could wear a version of this top almost everyday. I'm also confident enough in sewing Dress No. 2 to use fabric that feels almost too special to sew, and it's great for showing off large prints.

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I did make a couple of changes to the pattern - I dropped the neckline about 1.5" and I moved the shoulder seam out by about 1" to fit me better. Because Dress No. 2 is so straightforward, it's a good way to get comfortable making alterations to a flat pattern.

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We'd love to help you pick out fabric for our new favorite pattern next time you're in the shop. And remember, we're always excited to see your finished project in person, via email, or on instagram! You can mention us in your post or use the hashtag #boltneighborhood.