For the May Bank Holiday weekend I made some sewing plans and the Darling Ranges dress was one of them. I absolutely love how this dress turned out. The fabric is so cute and the dress is very flattering. The Darling Ranges dress is a pattern from Megan Nielsen. Megan is quickly becoming my favourite indie pattern designer. I love her casual chic designs. Everything she puts out there is so wearable and effortlessly chic. Check out her recent Breakwater Collection for beautiful summer sewing patterns.
The fabric of the dress is a little bit wrinkled in these photos. Apologies! I wore the dress all day on Sunday with my converse shoes while doing the cliff walk by the sea in Dublin. It was a beautifully sunny day and the fabric this dress is made from is lovely and light. The nice thing about the design of the dress is that you can dress it up or down. I think it looks equally great with converse as it does with my fuschia Kurt Geiger wedges. The fabric is Kokka Muddy Works double gauze from The Village Haberdashery. Unfortunately it’s no longer available but I’m sure you can find the fabric elsewhere online.
The final dress is great but unfortunately I found this fabric incredibly irritating to work with. I’m not sure exactly what was going wrong but while sewing the feed dogs seemed to catch the fabric and pull some of the threads. I managed to fix most of the problems that were caused and the fabric is lovely and soft so it’s very comfortable to wear now that the dress is finished. However, I’m don’t think I’ll be running out to buy more double gauze any time soon!
I had to make a few alterations to the pattern but nothing major. As usual I had to lengthen the bodice. I’m tall and also have a long torso so this is something I have to do with all patterns. I made it finish at my waist which I think is a flattering place for the gathers to start. I also made another alteration I often have to make which was to move the bust dart down. My shoulder to apex measurement is way off the standard it seems!
The pattern contains relatively little pieces because it has no facings. Instead it uses bias binding along the neckline. This meant I was able to cut everything out in no time! I hate cutting out so that’s always a bonus. A lovely detail was the elastic in the sleeves. One thing I might do next time is change the neckline so that it finishes a bit higher. I’m wearing a slip underneath the dress because I am more comfortable that way. Otherwise it’s a little too revealing for me.
All in all I’m delighted with this summer dress and will definitely see more Darling Ranges dresses in my future. Next time I might leave off the sleeves and make some belt loops instead of the little tie at the back of the dress. Megan has detailed sewalong instructions on her blog as well as variation ideas.
I’ve posted this project up on Kollabora and my other projects are already up there. If you aren’t on Kollabora already you should definitely check it out! It’s a great resource for project inspiration, DIY and finding fellow crafty people.
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I'm Stephanie and I live in Dublin, Ireland. I love sewing, knitting and generally being creative. I'm on a mission to create my own handmade wardrobe. I will be sharing my projects and inspirations so stick around for handmade fashion, DIY and tutorials.