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'V' Neck Dress - The Assembly Line

Updated: Apr 26

The Assembly Line are a Scandinavian pattern company and I really like their clean lines and aesthetic.

This is the first pattern I've sewn from The Assembly Line, but it won’t be my last! In fact, it was really hard to narrow down which of their dresses I wanted to sew, but the fabric and the pattern kind of came together, so the V neck dress it was.

There were only 3 yards of this fabric up for grabs, so I had to squeeze the pattern pieces on to what I had (and African fabrics are typically only 118cm wide so it was pretty tight). That said, it resulted in VERY little waste. There was no luxury for pattern matching however, but I think I’ve kind of got away with it where this print is concerned. I fell in love with the dark blues in this print with the vibrant orange and felt it could work for all seasons.

The pattern itself is drafted beautifully and the instructions easy to follow, so I whipped it up pretty quickly. I cut a size Small (though I could possibly have gone a size down?) but didn't make any other alterations to the pattern. I like the option of wearing with a belt or not and whilst I decided to make this version with sleeves, a sleeveless version is also an option for summer. Plus, I always think a dress with pockets is a definite bonus.

I would say this is a good project for a beginner as the the instructions are clear and sewing terms/techniques are illustrated in the documentation that comes with the download. As is pattern layout suggestions etc. I chose an African wax print fabric with is 100% cotton, they are typically double sided which is often an advantage for projects, I just tend to mark the 'right' side with some washi tape so I don't get in a pickle when it comes to sewing the pieces together.

Thank you Assembly Line - a perfect project and I look forward to planning another garment soon. Plus, I have managed to save just enough to make a few necklaces too - so watch this space, you may spot a ‘limited' edition in the new year!

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