Here’s a quintessential example of how my sewing style got more colourful and flamboyant during lockdown – my rainbow brushstrokes Tabitha T-shirt dress.
I mentioned this shift in the colour and prints of my me-mades in my recent post and video on my lockdown makes, and thought I’d show you some more pics of this dress that featured. It is one of my favourite makes OF ALL TIME after all 🙂
The pattern is the Tabitha T-shirt, which is in my latest book Make It Simple. The dress version is a variation on the main pattern – the book shows you how to draft your own simple skirt for it to your own measurements and to the length you want. It works equally well in mini, knee-length or even midi-length. I went for a hemline that ends just below the knee. Plus I added the seventies-style ringer cuffs, the pattern piece for which is also included in the book.
All credit for the idea for this dress goes to @wheresyourthreadat on Instagram, who made the top version of this pattern in the same fabric. I fell in love with it, so decided to recreate it myself in dress form, and found the jersey at Sew Sew Sew. For the drawstring waistline, I used some coral cord left over from a necklace I’d made with a Stitching Me Softly kit (the necklace you may have spotted in countless photos – I wear it all the time!).
This dress is so comfy thanks to the stretchy jersey, and so joyful thanks to the colourful print. It really lifts my mood when I wear it – isn’t it great how clothes can do that? Bonus points that the business of the print hides food and grass stains, hehe 😉
PS. If you liked this, you might also like Tilly’s Lockdown Makes.