Darling Ranges Dress

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I got to sew up this lovely Darling Ranges Dress by Megan Nielsen as a sample for my local fabric shop. I loved having the opportunity to sew a sample for them, even if it does mean I have to say “see you later” to this little number until a later date. We chose this Poppies in pool from Birch’s Double Gauze collection. I’m a sucker for all these hues of Jade, and this is a great spring print with the double gauze being favorable to summer temps as well. Bonus I’m participating in the #sewtogetherforsummer shirt dress challenge and the #wardrobebuilder challenge and this dress counts for both of them!

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The pattern itself is pretty straightforward, and this is a faster version of a shirtdress since it bypasses the collar. It also has a straighter silhouette shirtdress option with no waistline or gathers and there is a top as well, so really a lot of variety in one pattern. I am planning to make the other shirtdress is a solid chambray.

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For adjustments I added interfacing to the button placket. I tissue fitted the pattern to make my fit adjustments. I added 4″ overall to the length which is pretty normal for my 6′ frame, however I added 3″ of them to the bodice and only 1″ to the skirt which I think was a little disproportionate. But now it hits me at the waist right where it should. I had to add 2″ above the bust darts and 1″ in the dart. I noticed length discrepancies with this Amber dress as well. I also did a broad back adjustment. This was my first time doing one. My whole life I have found woven clothing to be uncomfortable. I always chalked it up to them being way to short for me, but I realized that whenever I lift my arms I feel a lot of restriction in my back over my shoulder blades. I’m really excited now that I have that figured out. A broad back adjustment is quite simple and I ended up adding 1″ to the pattern which is 2″ overall. That also was a lot I think, but my measurements fit the small size perfectly so sizing up wasn’t a consideration.

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I have some drag lines in the front going straight from the top button to my arm pit. It feels as though it’s a little too tight there. I didn’t make any bust adjustments because I’m nursing so that is a moving target. But I am not convinced that would entirely solve this. I did bring the neckline up about a half inc too, and that could be the problem, but I’ve noticed this on other versions of this dress that I’ve seen people post.

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This dress is semi fitted at the waist and has ties in the back to make it more fitted. I really like the flexibility and comfort that delivers. The ties are a little short so I couldn’t make a bow at least by myself. I would make them longer next time. The pockets are big and comfortable making this a great every day dress for the stay at home mom. I also am glad I had enough length to be able to do the 2″ hem that is a design feature. I really like it.

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This Birth double gauze is semi-opaque and I opted to wear a slip rather than line it, but lining could be an option. Overall I’m very pleased with the dress. I also want to make a collared shirt dress this summer, but I really like the silhouette this V-neck provides. It’s perfect for summer.

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4 comments

  1. What a lovely silhouette. I wasn’t sure about this dress pattern but you’ve convinced me it’s worth a try! Perfect for spring.

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