Whoop whoop! I love a launch day, especially when it's for something we've worked as hard on as we have for our latest pattern, the Fiona Sundress. It's always rewarding to put everything together after sweating the details for months on end.
As the first fitted woven dress I've designed, Fiona is a welcome addition to our catalog. I'm excited to offer a new silhouette, something feminine and flattering and perfect on its own on a warm summer day, or layered over tees and turtlenecks as the weather cools. Fiona buttons up the front, and features a princess cut bodice in two styles, along with three skirt lengths; all bodices and skirts are interchangeable for the ultimate mix and matcher.
Here is View A, the regular bodice + midi skirt with side slits in a medium weight linen. I love the column shape of this version; it feels sleek and modern, and that little peek of leg is just right.
The band detail is one of my favourites; it adds structure and a lovely curve around the body, and the gently shaped straps should help conceal your bra. The utility pocket (which I've also been told is called a "porkchop" pocket, hehe) adds a little function to this form, and feels like a nice stylistic throughline to our last release, the Jenny Overalls.
View B features a low back bodice with crossed straps, and a mini or below-knee length skirt. We made this sample a little more structured using a mid-weight non-stretch Cone denim, with contrasting topstitching thread and snap buttons.
Give your shoulder blades some sun, or layer over a close fitting tee if you don't feel like going braless. I've been wearing my own low-backed Fiona layered over a black Nettie tee and it's such a cute look.
We got a little behind schedule this spring and are still waiting on our printer, so as of today Fiona is available immediately as a PDF in French and English. We hope to ship out the print patterns within a week or two, so if you'd like a physical copy, nab a pre-order and we'll ship it out as soon as our patterns arrive. No formal sewalong is planned (our instructions are so thorough I don't think it's necessary), but I do have an EPIC fitting post coming your way, since princess seams may be new to some of you, in addition to some fun ideas for pattern hacking and modification. I'm also looking forward to showing you some of our tester makes; I rarely do this but there are so many gorgeous versions it seems criminal not to share.
I hope you love Fiona as much as we do! I actually managed to make myself a few and I've been wearing them non-stop; I'm enjoying wearing something a little fitted after a few years of looser silhouettes.
ps. This pattern is named after Fiona, the kind and lovely English rose who inspires us daily with her modern, feminine style and generous contributions to our community with her sewing and pattern round-ups. Her blog is a must read!
pps. Our red sample was made with a lovely mid-weight linen from the Fabric Store, but we got the end of the bolt in the LA store; the Cone denim was leftover from our last kits. The beautiful shoes on our model are from the ethical shoe company Nisolo; she is wearing the black Lucia block heel and the Sarita Wedge in whiskey. Thank you to Nisolo for sending us the Lucia heels; I love them so much!