Introducing July Flowers - the latest pattern from Pink Hollybush Designs, and the perfect back to school dress! When I introduced the May Garden pattern which is designed for knits, my good friend Julie asked if I was planning to introduce the pattern for wovens. I said no, and then got to thinking... and the result is July Flowers! So why two patterns? Well, the construction is completely different because it is made from a woven fabric rather than a knit. July Flowers has a buttoned back bodice and skirt placket, rather than just being able to be pulled on over the head. It is hemmed with a tuck that allows the hem to be lengthened in the future if needed, and gives a great A-line shape to the skirt (it's simple to do on the machine as well). It doesn't use bindings but instead the easy "burrito method" to finish the armholes. Don't worry, like all my patterns there are step by step photos to walk you through the process! And finally, the skirt width is sized to smock wovens rather than knits (but you can gather it if you don't want to smock).
July Flowers is a sleeveless woven dress or jumper with a lined bodice in sizes 3-12. It is sized close enough to the body to be worn as a sleeveless dress; it also has enough ease to allow for a blouse or turtleneck to be worn under it in cooler weather. July Flowers comes with 2 bodice neck variations; a boat neck (View A) and a scoop neck (View B). The skirt of July Flowers may be smocked or gathered. A smocking design is included. It comes with pockets for all her treasures and a skirt with tons of twirl factor. Here are some additional pictures for inspiration from Julie, who yes, has already made two! First the smocked, boat neck version:
Don't you love the ric rac! And here is the scoop neck, gathered variation!