Spoiler Alert: This dress looks BETTER in person than it does on the pattern envelope.
In my quest to be the coolest mom at Middlebury College’s February graduation festivities, I had Bonnie, our shop seamstress, make me a Sewing Workshop Memphis Dress in Designer Italian Rayon Knit with Flowers in Grey and Black. And, yes, I was the coolest mom (not!).
Does this Dress Make My Butt Look Big?
I was worried that, with my large frame, I would look huge in the dress, but I don’t. Linda Lee knows how to make even the simplest shape flattering. The only vertical seams are in the center front and the center back. The side seams are diagonal, making the dress slimming from every angle (except when you hold out the side that drapes!).
Is the Drape Easy-To-Sew?
Bonnie made me a size medium, and did not alter the pattern at all. You may want to shorten the sleeves if you’re less than six feet tall. She found the entire dress easy to sew. The instructions were clear, and the drafting was superb. The neck binding even fit perfectly (that never happens to me!). The only thing Bonnie found surprising was that the sleeves were inserted after the side seams were sewn, instead of on-the-flat. It makes sense, however, because the side seams are non-traditional!
Thoughts on Fabric for The Sewing Workshop Memphis Dress
Bonnie made this version out of a thin, drapey rayon knit, and we both agree that thin and drapey fabrics are the only way to go for this dress. Bonnie is considering making it out of a woven rayon, and she is going to make one in linen knit, and leave off the bottom band, so it will be tunic-like. Stay tuned!
Have you made a Sewing Workshop Memphis Dress? How did it work for you?