Greetings friends! I’ve been hoarding some luxe fabric from my travels and this quarantine has finally motivated me to cut into it — enter, this lovely double gauze from Mood Fabrics purchased at their location in Los Angeles.
My rule of thumb for fabric that you’re more hesitant to use it to only use patterns you have used in the past! One of my recent loves is the smock dress – specifically the Indigo dress from Tilly and the Buttons! I wanted billowy sleeves similar to the sleeves on the True Bias Roscoe dress, however the armscye wouldn’t fit as that is more of a raglan cut pattern. Conveniently, I purchased the By Hand London Hannah dress pattern recently, which has the most beautiful bishop sleeves.
The hack is quite simple really, I literally just attached the bishop sleeves from the BHL Hannah dress to the Indigo bodice, with no adjustments at the armscye. I think this is made possible due to the accommodating nature of double gauze and the loose weave.
I also added elastic at the wrists instead of rouleauxs! I simple made an elastic channel at the wrist at about 1/2″ and then wiggled an elastic about 1″ larger than the circumfrence of my wrist through the channel. I then sewed the elastic together with 1/4″ seam allowance and then sewed the elastic channel closed.
The other change I made was shortening the skirt by about 4 inches and then adding a ruffle to the bottom! I wish I could have made the ruffle longer, however I ran out of fabric.
Anyways, I’ve already worn this dress twice in the 4 days since I’ve made it, so it’s 100% a success! It’s so cozy from the texture of the double gauze and the roominess of the smock, so it’s the perfect quarantine-chic look.