Here is another dress I made around the same time as the hand-sewn gray dress. This one is from the same self-drafted pattern, and also hand-sewn. I took this project with me on a three-day camping trip in the woods near Sisters, OR. Yes, hand-sewing in the woods does mean no ironing of seams. But with cotton, the finger-pressing that happens naturally as I work with the seams is sufficient. And my fellow campers got a kick out of seeing me sewing on day one, and wearing the dress home on day three!
This dress takes very little fabric (not a full skirt at all), but due to good color and fit, it always garners compliments. And best of all, people compliment me, not the dress, so I know the dress is doing its job.
Following are some close-up pictures of its construction.
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