I love the relaxed vintage style of the Seamwork Amber dress and I knew I had to make one to take on holiday as soon as I saw it. It has a semi fitted top, wide straps (I have to have wide straps) and a tiered midi skirt made of three gathered lengths of fabric.
I made my Amber dress with a beautiful vintage sheet. It has the most wonderful soft drape to it, and a gorgeous white and pink floral design. Its one of my absolute favourites from my vintage sheet collection.
The skirt part of the dress sews up really quickly and easily – faster than I expected. Its just a series of pieces of fabric that are gathered and joined together.
The same isn’t quite true for the top of the dress. Although it is semi fitted, its very boxy and wide. I had to do a lot of adjustments to make the top fit. The straps are positioned so they constantly fall off. I moved them twice and they are still prone to falling.
The top of the dress gapes because its not shaped. I had to take it in extensively and it still doesn’t fit well. The pattern instructions do warn that its not very fitted, but it doesn’t warn that this means the top wont stay up.
I ran out of time to fix the top issues before going on holiday so it didn’t get fully fixed. I think I might cut the whole top off, and turn the skirt part into a skirt instead because I’m not sure the facings and top will stand being un picked again and re-sewn.
Will I make this again? Probably not – because of the fit issues. I would make the skirt part again, and I’d probably make it using another vintage sheet.