One of the dresses I made in May was the Afternoon Shift Dress by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. If you haven’t heard of Jennifer before, she designs the most amazing vintage inspired patterns and has a personal style that makes me very very jealous. I’ve spent hours browsing her blog and pinning images of her outfits wishing that some day I can dress like her.
I really wanted to try out one of her patterns after hearing some great comments about them and the Afternoon Shift Dress is just one of the styles that I can’t resist to. Simple but elegant, easy to dress up or down depending on how you style it. You can make either a blouse or a dress with different decorative necklines, 1940’s inspired kimono sleeves (perfect for those of us who don’t like setting sleeves) and two different versions for the back, an inverted box pleat or light gathering.
I opted for View 3, which is a dress with an inverted box pleat at the back but I ommited the pockets, because, you know me, I don’t really like pockets on the garments I make. The blouse is next on my sewing list, it’s perfect for my high waisted pencil skirts!
So, after I got the pattern and searched for the perfect fabric for my dress. And I found it in my local fabric store, staring at me! A gorgeous linen blend fabric in blush pink, very similar to one of the samples I saw on Jennifer’s shop. It was ideal for my dress, it has just the right amount of structure, but unfortunately it creases a lot and it’s a bit translucent, so I have to wear a slip underneath it.
One thing I really liked about the pattern is that Jennifer tells you which pages you need to print for each view. Very useful for someone who doesn’t like printing and sticking unecessary pages I have to say! Her instructions are also perfect and very clear. I was worried about the pleat but she really explains it so well that I made it in no time!
I really like this dress and I plan to make it in a floral fabric as well for the summer days and I highly recommend this pattern to those of you who like this style!
So, what do you think of it? Have you made an Afternoon Shift dress or blouse yourself? Let me know!