I have done so many draughts of this dress and have finally honed it to perfection. Again, it is VERY easy to make. There are just two pieces to sew together, a couple of darts and a tuck at the front. There are step by step instructions here that you can print out onto A4 paper.
It looks good in a linen for a summer style, or really beautiful in a silk for an evening look. (I also have plans to make itÂ in denim next -Â watch this space.) This soft tulip shape is very this season and reallyÂ comfortable and easy to wear. I love the slight bubble hem and it is surprisingly flattering – although I would cut it a bit shorter if you are smaller me (5ft 8).
It’s made here in a very soft and slightly silky fabric (probably viscose) from John Lewis. If you used something like a cotton instead you would find that the tulip shape was much stronger. Have a look here at my other version to see how it would work.
I am just working on some step-by-step instructions at the moment. But, to be honest, I think it is fairly self explanatory: Cut out your 2 pieces, draw on the darts in chalk then sew them in place. Sew in the tuck and the front an iron in place. Finally sew the front and back together. Hem. Easy peasy!
I have made another version of this dress with some changes if you fancy an alternative. Have a look at the post Tulip dress with colour block to see details of this red and grey version.
If anyone wants to upload a picture of their finished pieces to their own blog or site once they have made them, just send me a link and I will include it in my post so that other people can see your versions.
Have a look at this lovely version of the Tulip Dress fromÂ A-line Sewciety. This is a fabulous post with plenty of info about how to adjust the pattern to fit your body shape and a particularly helpful tip on extending the front pleat if it bags out at the front too much for your taste. She is fuelled by Strawberry Margaritas as she sews – maybe this is the way forward!