This is my version of Pattern N Deep-pocket shift with ruffle trim from Yoshiko Tsukiori's Stylish Dress Book: Clothing for Everyday.
I could not resist those pockets.
Though I must admit I was concerned they'd give me the saddlebag look from hell. I'm not so sure pockets at that height and of that size are suited to pear-shapes like me. But hello ruffles!! This dress is perfectly balanced by those ruffled "sleeves", very handily giving an illusion of width across the shoulders. Very clever, Yoshiko, very clever.
And we all know my love for sleeve ruffles.
The ruffle edges are left raw as is the edge of the neck facing on the outside edge. I'm interested to see how this wears and frays. I'm hoping not a lot, but both are cut on the straightgrain so it seems inevitable.
This dress may appear a-lined, but I think that is the result of my pattern grading more than the design. It is supposed to be a shift, but when you grade from a small at the bust and waist to a medium at the hip, it naturally swings out that hemline. And I'm good with that - aline is my shape. You can see from the back though that it isn't an extreme A.
The pockets. Love...
Perfect for somewhere to put your hands... or something large.
It's rare I think my project photos don't look as good as the real life look, but I actually think this dress looks better in real life. Weird. Have you ever felt that way?
In real life it's the happiest of happy dresses, dripping sunshine wherever it goes, and exactly as I imagined it. I think I have me another WOOHOO!!!!