Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Pattern Hack DRESS - Adrienne meets Rita!

Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup

I had a hack attack ...

The Pattern(S)

It'll surprise no one to learn that I love the Rita Blouse by Charm Patterns, seeing as I've made it THREE times, and then hacked it into a dress TWICE.

But then I saw the Adrienne blouse by Friday Pattern Company and the hamsters started running circles in my head again!

Meet the Rita Blouse MEETS Adrienne Blouse MEETS dress hack!

Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup

The BODICE is The Rita Blouse, the SLEEVES are the from The Adrienne Blouse and the SKIRT is a self drafted skirt with a flounce at the hem.

Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup

The Fabric

This beautiful floral silk from Tessuti Fabrics was enough to tempt me away from my solid colours.

It's a beautiful fabric that I purchased and made this skirt with back in 2014 (yep).


I liked the fabric so much I panic purchased another two metres and I finally decided to stop staring at it and actually use it.

The bodice and skirt is underlined with a light (and white) linen for extra body, and the sleeves and flounce are just the single layer of silk.

Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup

My previous Rita Blouses and Dress Mashups




The Details

The Rita blouse has an ELASTICISED neckline and sleeve cuffs, so it was easy to substitute the Adrienne sleeve pattern, which also has elasticised sleeves and neck edging.

The BODICE is gathered under the bust, and then shaped with princess seams below the bust to the hem.

The Dress is closed with an INVISIBLE ZIPPER on the side seam. 
I took the zipper all the way up to the arm pit to try and maximise the opening for when putting on the dress. The underbust seam always has to be man-handled to get it past my bust when putting the dress on.

Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup

Final Thoughts

It's not often I wear a print, so when I do I go HARD.

This was a quick and straight forward make, and I'm glad I finally put this stunning fabric to good use; just in time for a Melbourne Spring,

Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup
Adrienne/Rita/Dress Mashup

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