I have another new make to share with you today! This is the Recoleta Dress by Itch to stitch Designs. It is a simple little dress with an empire waist and darts. Just like my last post, my favorite feature in this dress is its simple silhouette. This is a dress that fits into my lifestyle whether I’m home or out on a walk with the family which is all we do these days anyway.
The Recoleta is almost like a shift dress but with darts in the bust and skirt to help with shaping. It has short and 3/4th length sleeve options. The pattern includes an optional side zipper but the dress has enough built-in ease that it’s possible to just slip it on over your head without needing the zipper if you prefer. The pattern is designed for lightweight woven fabrics like linen, cotton blends, chambray, lawn or charmeuse and includes sizes from 00 to 40 along with separate pieces for cup sizes A, B, C, D and DD.
For my Recoleta, I used a cotton poplin from forever ago. This was purchased from a local fabric warehouse when we first moved to Pennsylvania. It has a beautiful border and little flowers throughout in what looks like embossed printing in aqua and white. As you can see from the folds on my dress, it is a little crisp but incredibly soft and breathable. This pattern doesn’t use up a lot of fabric, so I was able to make this dress in about 1.5 yards.
Based on my measurements and the design, I picked a size 2 at the bust and waist and size 4 at the hips. I shortened the bodice by 3/4″ and the skirt by 1″. Like I mentioned earlier, the dress has enough ease that I could slip into it without needing a zipper so I didn’t add one.
There’s this little trail not far from home and it is such a beautiful place especially during spring and summer. We love going there! It’s a secluded enough for taking pictures and is such a great adventure spot for the kids. They love exploring and going on non-strenuous hikes like these picking twigs and pebbles and acorn nuts on the way. Maybe one day, we’ll go on an actual hike and have a real adventure but for now, I cannot get enough of these!
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