Using some fabulous Blue/Grey fine spot linen blend fabric donated by Meg at New Threads, Weyhill Fairground, I have made my second version of this versatile shift/trapeze dress. Due to the high level of linen content, for once, I pre-washed the fabric before deciding which particular version of the dress to cut out. I had intended to make view D with the short sleeves but changing the neckline to a shallow scoop (similar to the Pucci-esque dress previously posted) but unfortunately due to my miscalculation on yardage, there was insufficient fabric. So back to the drawing board and I therefore made the view B.
Again I have lined the dress, this time with a Pale Cream anti-static lining the hem of which I finished with some cream lace from my stash. Alterations/adjustments were simple: Dropped the bust dart by 1/2 inch, made a sway back adjustment and made the facings for the neckline and armholes all-in-one. You may notice the new “Carousel” label in the back neckline facing.
As this is the second time around for making the dress it was very straightforward, with the plain back neckline – no need for a fastening as this neckline is wide enough to go over the head.
This is a very versatile style dress as it can be worn over a polo neck sweater with opaque tights when the weather is cold, a blouse when it is slightly warmer and finally on its own when we eventually have a Summer!
New Look 6340 Front View New Look 6340 Back View