A little deep dive on our first pattern, the Champagne Field Dress:
Quick funny story - the original name for the pattern was The Prairie Dress, we used this for months. As we got closer to release we thought maybe prairie would be too hard to spell so we settled on field instead. Straightforward, simple, easy to spell - check, check, check. Then we wanted a descriptor in the title, something that would elevate it a bit since this is a versatile pattern that can be dressed up or down. After thinking about it for a few weeks and playing around with a few options we settled on Champagne. Fancy, fun, très chic. Everyone we told was like, uhhh, you thought prairie was too hard to spell so you changed it to champagne?!? Haha! We have faith you can successfully use the correct hashtag #champagnefielddress.
We updated the pattern at the end of July 2022 based on some really good feedback from the sewing community and now it is better than ever.
- The armhole as been redrafted and raised for more coverage
- New view - View C, which is a slightly cropped babydoll style top
- Bonus patchwork options for all views
- Inseam pocket option
- Bonus sleeve option - The modern ruffle for a simple, beginner friendly ruffle construction
Now, onto the dress! This dress is a loose fitting, prairie style dress with patch pockets. Here are a few notes about the fit:
The front and back bodice include soft gathers that sit above the bust. This makes it a flattering fit for all bust sizes. Theresa is an A cup and I (Amy) am a full C cup. We can both fit into sizes B and C in this pattern.
We recommend choosing your size based on your chest measurement. If you are between sizes, size down. Sizing is very flexible, you will likely be able to fit into multiple sizes depending on the look you want.
View A is a mini dress, hitting above the knee and includes a flutter sleeve with a lower armscye for a smock-like comfortable fit. If you have a small bust, remember that your bra may show. We wanted everything about this dress to be comfortable, so we specifically designed it with a loose armscye.
View B is a midi dress, hitting mid calf with a high-low hem and gathered puff sleeves finished with a wide elastic cuff. Both views include a large bottom ruffle.
Megan is modeling View B in a size C with no mods. She is 5’4”.
There are a million ways to modify this pattern and it has already been so fun to see how our testers have made it their own. Here are a few ideas:
Switch out the patch pockets for inseam pockets
Leave off the elastic on the puff sleeve for a simple bell sleeve shape
Line bodice with facing instead of using bias tape
Make a patchwork dress with different fabric choices for each piece
Add a button placket down the front
Shorten the length to make a top
Add a long sleeve
We used some beautiful fabric to make our photoshoot samples, here are the details:
We have created tutorials for many of the techniques used in this pattern:
A few pics of the process and many samples that went into the making of this pattern. For reference, I (Amy) am 5’1” and wear a size S with the length shortened by 2”. Theresa is 5’ and wears a size XS with the length shortened by 2”. Apologies for all of the bad mirror selfies :)