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BASIC CONCEPT #7 - Dress It Up

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Dresses can be both comfortable and stylish with the right design. The dress patterns described here are suitable for many figure types. Sew it in your favourite solid colour and you can dress it up or down with accessories. Make it in an outstanding print and you'll feel great every time you put it on.

Toni Designer Dress

The Toni Designer Dress from Style Arc has smart details: wide side drape with pockets; deep V-neck; face framing stand-up collar; cap sleeves; narrow hemline with above ankle length. Try it in Rayon Batik or Ponte.

The Memphis Dress from The Sewing Workshop features: asymmetrical draping, pieced styling for interesting detail (suitable for colour blocking or combining prints); long sleeves and below knee length. Try it in Jersey Knits.

The Farrow Dress from Grainline Studios offers: choice of bracelet length sleeves or sleeveless; elegant A-line shaping with flattering diagonal seams; concealed in-seam pockets; jewel neckline. Try it in Linen and Linen Blends.

The Cityscapes Dress from The Sewing Workshop is now available on CD. The semi-fitted styling has unusual extended darts creating bell shape and tapered midi length hemline. Try it in Ponte.

The Washi Dress from Made by Rae is modern and youthful without being cute. The empire bodice has a scooped neckline, cap sleeves and elastic shirring in the back for fit and comfort. Fullness is controlled with front pleats. In-seam pockets are out of sight in this above-knee dress. Try it in Double Gauze lined with Cotton Voile

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