Bandwagon alert! I finally broke down and made the Style Arc Hope Woven Dress that everyone's been making...
I've been inspired by all of the beautiful versions of the Hope Dress that I saw on Instagram, particularly those from Jenny and Jo, both of whom have made enough Hope Dresses to crack double digits.
It has a center back seam on the bodice, with a button closure. I skipped these seams and the closure, though, and cut the back bodice and back facing on the fold (minus seam allowance).
I topstitched the wide neck facing down. I opted for the midi-length skirt.
The fabric I chose is a rich chocolately brown double gauze that I think I bought at Clear It in Melbourne many years ago... this shop sold deadstock fabric from local Aussie designers and was recommended to me by the lovely Melbourne sewing crew I happy houred with many years back!
I dug the double gauze fabric from my deep stash while packing for our upcoming move (we bought a house!).
My packing is mostly progressing like this: pack two boxes, get inspired by a piece of fabric or a pattern, wander off from packing to sew it up, eventually come back to packing. It's slow going.
I love it!
First I thought it had a little bit new age cult sack dress look and I was happy about that, but these photos with my Halloween decorations make me think it's more of a "wouldst thou like to live deliciously?"/join me at midnight in the woods vibe, and that might be even better. A little witchy is what I'm trying to say.
In any case, my Hope dress is super comfy, and I like the shape of the bodice and the poofy sleeves.
Haven't figured out what shoes I'll wear with it yet, but let's be honest, I live in Vermont and it's almost winter, so it will likely be leggings and Blundstones.