Here is a little more information on the experience of sewing Heather Ross's Trapeze Sundress from Autumn. She has worked out the kinks in this pattern and was kind enough to shares some solutions with us.
I was very excited to start the Trapeze Sundress from the ever popular book Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. I was really curious how this dress would turn out, because it is so simple and basically looks like a large pillow case as it is photographed in the book. I also see many ways that the Trapeze Sundress could be reworked into something completely different. I love that this could be shortened to make it a cute top over jeans or choose different fabric to make it a jumper over a long sleeve shirt for fall/winter.
As I’m sure many of you are aware there have been a few mistakes in Heather Ross’ book and the Trapeze Sundress has been no exception. Not only did the pattern not look like the photo, but when the pattern says to topstitch the straps it says to stitch 5 vertical lines, but this isn’t possible with the measurements that are given. I was able to do 4 vertical lines and this looked great. It was also a disappointment that when I made the small size for the store it was huge on me. It fit a size large nicely though. I scaled down the pattern and added an extra box pleat and now it is a lovely fit on me. I would really recommend checking the finished dimensions before you make this dress for yourself. This pattern looks beautiful on a curvy girlish figure…instead of my boy like figure. I really enjoyed playing around with the pattern to fit me though.
Weekend Sewing is a great base or guide for many lovely finished products. The projects are all so charming and are very easy to change or add little details. My next project for myself is a Trapeze top…maybe with pockets on the outside…oh, the possibilities.
If you are interested in the Trapeze Sundress Class starts on the 23rd of August…sign up at Bolt. We can work through the pattern together!