Sometimes, fabrics are very clear about what they want to be. They tell me their desire, and I do my best to make come true. A few months ago, a lightly elastic pinstripe twill happened upon me at a flea market, and announced its will to become a steampunk-inspired pinafore. The fabric’s vision quickly turned into a reality, and the fruit of our joined vision is now available as the SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern.
The steampunk dress sewing pattern features a large collar which floats on the shoulder-line. The front of the dress is open, so it requires a blouse underneath! This steampunk-inspired pinafore is best worn with collared blouses paired with ties, or shirts with ruffled fronts.
This dress is un-lined, so that it can be paired with blouses and petticoats. Designed to be worn over a layer of clothing, I wanted it to be as light as possible.
The fabrics that work best for this style are slightly elastic. Since the hem is designed to be gathered to length, the dress requires a thicker fabric. Jerseys can work for this style, but I recommend choosing a twill or even a high-quality taffeta for this style. Since the steampunk dress sewing pattern is designed with an open front, it is comfortable to wear even if made with non-elastic materials.
The hem of this dress is cut with excessive length, and gathered to shape with the help of buttons. The pick ups create an interesting shape to the hem, but the dress can be made with a less dramatic straight hem, or even modded to knee-length. This dress loves variations, and works with a number of hem options. Paired with a tulle petticoat or even a hoop skirt, the hem of this dress will gain volume and an even more interesting shape.
I hope you’ll enjoy our SteamPunk Dress Sewing Pattern!
Until next Wednesday.