Introducing Crepe, our very latest pattern!
The design of this dress was inspired in no small part by the design philosophy of Claire McCardell, that pioneer of American fashion. She was a champion of comfort in clothing, and believed in creating looks for women that merged seamlessly with the active lifestyle of Americans in the 1950s. She believed that elegance should be comfortable and effortless, and frequently featured dresses with ties or sashes that could be easily adjusted by the wearer.
Our homage to Ms. McCardell is an easy-to-wear dress wraps in the back for a comfortable dress that nevertheless looks polished and fitted. It’s a beginner-level pattern with no tricky closures to sew, simple cap sleeves, in-seam pockets, and an adjustable fit.
It’s simple to sew, easy to wear, and fun to make. Best of all, it is perfectly cozy for Winter and will look equally wonderful in a light and breezy fabric for summer. I plan to make at least three. The dress shown is in a lovely silk twill with a silk crepe sash.