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Good morning Friends

I am so excited to share with you my newest dress, along with the hope that it gets warm enough for dresses already! The Kalispell Dress is a beautiful shirt dress with a little vintage vibe. With princess seams in the front and back and inverted box pleats on the skirt, this fit and flare dress is both graceful and comfortable. Add a beautiful V -neckline and huge pockets, what’s not to love?!

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Some other features to love about this dress are that it comes in sizes 00 to 20 with options for  A, B, C, D and DD cups which means you won’t have to mess with bust adjustments.

It has two sleeve options, cap sleeves and flare sleeves. And large pockets, which I feel are especially practical because, while being in-seam side pockets, they are also integrated into the waist seam so they’re not floppy like most in-seam side pockets.  And if you’re like me, and prefer sewing a dozen button holes to installing a zipper, there’s one more reason to love about this dress!

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Let’s talk about the adjustments I made to get the fit right. My measurements are bust 32″, waist 27″ (fluctuates a bit based on the time of day and month) and hips 35.5″ and I am 5′ in height. Based on the size chart, I am closer to size 0 than 2, so I made a quick muslin of the bodice in size 0 and found that I prefer a little more ease in the waist and that the cap sleeves looked alarmingly tight. So added a 1/4″ ease at the waist on the side seams (for a total of 1″ ease). And, did a 3/4″ bicep adjustment which in this case was merely adding a triangular wedge that was 3/4″ wide at the sleeve hem while leaving the sleeve head unaltered. I love cap sleeves but not having learnt how to do a bicep adjustment has always prevented me from choosing that option. I am glad I learnt how to do it, so I encourage you to try this option if it’s something you have struggled with as well!

While I am shorter than the height that this pattern is drafted for (Itch to Stitch patterns are typically drafted for 5’6″), my torso length is pretty average, so I don’t typically shorten bodices. I did shorten the skirt by 1″.

 

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The pattern itself is beautifully drafted and the instructions are well explained and illustrated. I like how the neckband is a separate pattern piece rather than being part of the bodice that is folded under, so it contours nicely around the neckline. Another feature that I am in love with is how the first couple inches of the pleats are stitched down thus accentuating the narrow part of the waist. I am a pear shape and didn’t think the pleats on my wide hips were a good idea but as you can see the design is quite genius.

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Before I forget to tell you, this fabric is a cotton poplin from India. I am not sure if my mom has a specific strategy on how and why she picks certain fabrics but I had no idea what to do with a yellow polka dotted fabric until I saw the line drawings of the Kalispell dress and then I knew 🙂

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If you liked my dress, the Kalispell dress pattern is currently on sale for $9.60 🙂

*If you buy the pattern through one of my affiliate links, I get a small percentage of the sale at no additional cost to you and you will help support my blogging adventure. Thank you.

2 thoughts on “A Yellow Kalispell Dress – Itch to Stitch Designs

  1. All the heart eyes for this one, Indu! The polkadots are always such a winner, but there’s something about this shade of yellow on you that makes this fabric and dress even more amazing! 😍

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    1. Thanks so much Abbey! I wasn’t sure about the color on me but the fabric itself is so nice it would’ve been a waste to let it sit there! I’m glad I took the chance! Thank you for your kind comments always 😘

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