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The Kate Dress

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Kate is a very versatile shift dress. It has bust darts and a slightly curved side seam to give shape. Bias binding neatens the neckline, pockets and the sleeves on Versions 1 and 3.

Version 1 has a plain, scooped neckline and set in sleeves with a slight gather at the sleeve head.

Version 2 has a scooped neckline with a small amount of gather at the centre. The sleeves are set in as Version 1 but are straight and end above the elbow.

Version 3 has the same scooped and gathered neckline as Version 2 but the sleeves are length bishop sleeves that end in a gathered binding.

The pockets are curved patch pockets with a little bit of gather to add some interest and finished off with a bound top edge.

The dress finishes about 10cm above the knee.

Suitable Fabrics

Light to medium weight fabrics such as printed craft cotton, linen, poplin, denim, crepe or satin crepe.

Neck, sleeve and pocket binding can be made from ready-made bias binding.

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starstarstarstarno starKate dress 28th Apr 2015
I really enjoyed this pattern, the instructions are well written and clear to follow, the pattern allows lots of opportunities to embelish the dress, i did kick pleats on the bottom of mine, only criticism is the pattern sizes are on the large side, a 14 in sewing pattetns is fine for my sizing, however a 12 would bave easily vit me as i had to take a lot in on the 14,
starstarstarstarstarEasy to use pattern, versatile dress 13th Aug 2015
This is the third SMS pattern I've used and once again, it didn't disappoint. I choose a lightweight denim fabric for my Kate dress and made up version 2. I made it in the size to fit my bust measurement, but the ease is so generous, that next time, I might drop to the next size down (I normally have to size up!) The pattern is so well drafted that all the pieces went together without any problems at all and I made the dress from start to finish across 2 days. Very pleased and will definitely make again. Can't wait to wear and show off my Kate dress.
starstarstarstarstarKate 17th Jan 2016
Made the Kate at sewing workshop yesterday and absolutely love it! Used a black and white spotty fabric with red ready made bias binding for the trim - already want to make it again!
starstarstarstarstarKate 11th Feb 2016
I love this dress. Very easy to make up and would be easy to adapt to make more personal. True to size in my view. I've made 2 and plan to make more - already have the fabric, I just need the time. I've had many compliments on both versions.
starstarstarno starno starNot for beginners 6th Apr 2016
I decided to have a go at making this dress as it is labelled a beginner pattern. I have my sister here who did pattern cutting at university. Though she says it's not a complex pattern she said that darts, gathers, bias binding and slleves are quite tricky. The instructions make a lot of assumptions that you know what to do. So far disappointed
starstarstarstarstarFabulous pattern 19th Jul 2016
A very high quality pattern which goes together exactly as described. A fabulous end product. I did size down after reading other reviews & measuring etc. A pleasure to make. I shall make more. I bought lovely fabric from the shop,
starstarstarstarstarKate dress 13th Dec 2016
A very well-written and nicely-presented pattern, printed on good quality paper. The instructions are very clear and the dress is easy to make and very nice to wear. It's also easy to make adaptations to personalise it and I have plans for lots of them. I've had to make alterations to the pattern as I'm quite tall, but these were easy to do and I'm glad I traced off the pattern onto tissue paper so I still have the original intact for future reference. All in all, I'd highly recommend this pattern!
starstarstarstarstarEasy one to start with 13th Dec 2016
This was the first dress I made under the expert tuition of Jules after attending the intro to sewing course. Not only do you walk away with a dress to be proud of, I learnt how to make my own bias binding and how to sew it on. If you are new to sewing this is the perfect pattern and workshop.
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