It’s all in a name
My last blog post was all about The Assembly Line’s Cuff Top, and today I’m sharing with your my Cuff Dress. The pattern is by the same company, they have similar names, but leaving aside the obvious top/dress difference, there are some subtle design variations too.
In the XS – L size bracket, the Cuff Dress has separate pattern pieces for the front, back and sleeves, the elastic is narrower, and the neckline is rounder and closes at the back with a button and loop.
I made a toile of the dress as I was concerned about both the bodice and dress length.
The dress length was fine, but I did remove 3/8″ (1cm) from the bodice length. I consider myself slightly longish in the torso, so this surprised me. I expected to be adding bodice length!
My other alteration was my usual 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment and a slight scooping of the front neckline.
I also opted to bind the neckline as the white sections in my print were quite sheer and I wanted to minimise any fabric being visible underneath them.
The fabric is a Japanese seersucker from The Cloth Shop (work) called Right Angles. I am a BIG seersucker fan as I love that it is 100% cotton and has glorious texture. An added bonus, no ironing required!
I sewed this dress to take on an extended family holiday to Queensland in September… a ‘Corona Postona’ holiday from 2020! In my eyes, seersucker is perfect travelling fabric as you can pull it out of your suitcase and put it straight on!
Sharon and I do love a photo prop… particularly an animal… and Beryl kindly obliged.
And my final word… this dress exceeded expectations and I feel fabulous everytime I wear it!
Pattern: The Assembly Line’s Cuff Dress (purchased from work)
Fabric: Japanese seersucker (100% cotton) from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: Removal of 3/8″ (1cm) from the bodice length, 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment, a slight scooping of the front neckline, and binding the neckline rather than using the supplied facing.
Outfit: Antique beads borrowed from Sharon (a long strand doubled & a short strand) and shoes from Funkis (purchased in 2021)
Photo Location: Ballarat
It looks really pretty on you, Anna, and it’s really interesting to see the adjustments that you’ve made as I think I have a similar body shape in some ways. That seersucker is such an appealing fabric on so many levels – cool, textured, no ironing…
Thanks Judith. I agree about seersuckers appeal!
This is a lovely dress! I’m not yet sold on elastic waist bands, do you find it comfortable?
I definitely do. I don’t like restriction around my waist, so I cut the elastic longer than suggested and adjusted it to my waist & fit preferences.
It looks lovely on you! Good quality seersuckle is great for ease of travelling – no creases on arrival – enjoy your holiday:)
A very lovely dress. I like that is shaped at the waist without being restrictive.
It’s a very clever design in that way… and of course for those of us with a thicker waist, it’s easy to just add a longer than suggested piece of elastic!