Just because we’re stuck inside doesn’t mean I’m not dreaming about my summer wardrobe. With high hopes that life gets (relatively) back to normal within a month or two, I’m looking forward to the sun! The Poppy Dress is my new warm weather fave. With a deep plunge neckline and voluminous puff sleeves, this dress can be worn on its own with your favorite sandals or even thrown over a swimsuit for the perfect beach look. Make yours in a sateen like ours, or try a lace option for more of a cover-up vibe!
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
First, hem the neckline on the back of your dress with a simple rolled hem.
Next, fold the center front edge of your dress bodice 1/2″ toward the wrong side and press. Fold it under again, following the guide on your pattern, to create the front placket and stitch into place.
Attach your front and back bodice pieces at the shoulders and sides using French seams.
Create your button placket along the center front edges of your skirt panels similarly to how you formed the bodice and then attach your front and back skirt pieces at the sides. Again, French seams are recommended here.
Create your waistband and waistband lining by attach the front pieces to the back at the sides, this time using regular seams. Press your seams open.
Create your waist tie, leaving an opening at the top edge between the guides indicated on your pattern. This portion will be sewn into your back bodice at the waistband next. Notch the seam allowance and press outward, like you see below.
Evenly gather your skirt into your waistband, making sure to keep the button plackets flat and leave 1/2″ of waistband on either side for seam allowance.
Gather the back portion of your bodice into the waist tie and then pin your bodice about 1″ inward from the edges of of the waistband so they don’t overlap like the skirt plackets. Then gather your bodice into the waistband as well. Placing the face to the wrong side of the bodice, sew the waistband lining along the bodice edge as well. Press downward, and then slip-stitch the lower edge of the waistband lining into place.
Next, you’ll want to form your sleeves. Sew the inseam of each sleeve and sleeve lining and press the seams open.
There are a few ways you can create the sleeve. The first option is to gather the sleeve onto the sleeve lining before setting into the armscye. If you go this route, you may want to bind the raw seam edge with bias tape or something similar.
Another option, as seen below, is to gather the sleeve into the armscye first and stitch it into place before adding the sleeve lining. This takes a bit of finagling, but the result keeps the raw edges inside the sleeve lining, keeping the inside of your garment as clean as the outside!
Gather the lower edge of your sleeve onto the lower edge of the sleeve lining and stay-stitch into place. Create your sleeve cuffs and then sew them onto each sleeve at the bottom. Because the sleeve is much longer than the lining, it creates an interesting puff shape, as you can see below!
Lastly, add your buttons and corresponding buttonholes along the skirt placket and hem the bottom edge of your skirt.
Will you be giving the Poppy Dress a try? Let me know what fabric types you’re considering in the comments!