In the summer, there’s one difference between a pretty dress that gets worn constantly, and one that languishes in my closet: comfort.
We can plan all the structured, tight, bombshell-y dresses we want, but when it comes time to actually leave the house, who wants to feel constricted? I’d rather look beautiful with as little fuss as possible.
Give me an easy to wear, flowing, goddess dress. Make it as easy to sew as it is to wear, and you have a winner.
Feel beautiful & stay cool
As many of you have discovered in sewing Moneta and Mabel, the very best thing about knits is that you feel like you’re wearing secret pajamas. And when your clothes feel that good, you actually end up wearing them.
Myrtle offers a different look to add to your knits wardrobe, one with more drape and ease but plenty of shape.
The draped neckline can look classic (like a greek goddess), vintage (like a cocktail dress from the 1960s), or completely modern (in simple black or white). Wide encased elastic defines the waist for a silhouette that’s flattering on a huge variety of body types.
Version 1 falls just below the knee. Version 2 is a little shorter and hits right above the knee, and includes button-on adjustable shoulder tabs that gather the shoulders a little more. Both feature in-seam pockets, a gorgeous draped neckline, and a flowing skirt gathered at the waist with comfortable elastic.
I can even see this dress lengthened into a maxi-length evening gown, or shortened into a sheer beach cover-up.
Use almost any fabric – knit OR woven!
Though Myrtle is part of our knits collection, with a few minor tweaks, you can just as easily make it with wovens. That means that no matter what beautiful fabrics you encounter, you’re sure to find plenty of ways to make this dress.
We created a free bonus set of instructions for you to download, so that this knits pattern can be made with woven fabrics like silks, cotton lawn, or voile.
Plus tomorrow, I’ll share a few of the most important tips for making Myrtle in a woven fabric. With a few simple changes, you can make it either way. Have fun running through that stash!
A quick make with a fun twist
Like most knits, Myrtle is a quick sew (and it’s pretty fast in a woven too).
With only four main pattern pieces (plus pockets), cutting time is minimal. Just like Mabel and Moneta, you can whip this baby up in a matter of hours.
Plus, it is honestly really fun to put together. Myrtle has a clever self-lined front bodice that is cut all in one piece, folded, and sewn to help give a clean finish inside.
It’s a little like origami and so satisfying when it’s done. Of course, if you need more help getting this part right, we’ll have another in-depth free sewalong coming up in the next month (which Devon and I are planning right now).
I don’t know about you, but to be honest I spend less time sewing in the summer. So I want all my projects to be wearable, pretty, and fairly quick.
Available from XS to 3X
Like our two previous patterns, Myrtle is available in a wide range of sizes, from XS to 3X.
Check out Myrtle’s page in our shop to see the size guide and fabric requirements.
15% off through Friday!
To celebrate Myrtle‘s launch, get 15% off now through Friday in our shop! Plus, as always, free US shipping if you spend over $50.
Ready to join us in more knits fun, make something lovely and wearable, and learn a few new construction techniques?