Sew: Papercut Patterns Axis Dress

You know when you spot a pattern and suddenly all other projects get demoted to the bottom of your sewing pile? Well, that’s exactly what happened when I spotted the new Papercut Patterns’ Axis Dress.

As my 30th birthday loomed, so did my eagerness to sew the perfect party outfit to celebrate in. The Axis Dress is a vintage-inspired, timeless staple with so many flattering features.

As a newbie sewist I’ve dived into the foray of sewing patterns with plenty of enthusiasm but not always making garments that I’d love to wear, or that necessarily suit my style. But the Axis Dress is a definite wardrobe winner. My version is certainly not perfect but’s it’s flattering in the all the right places and is so comfy to wear (even after platefuls of French food!)

I chose the fitted style which consists of wrap around waist ties and a figure-hugging pencil skirt with front pleat (very important if you like dancing). The pattern is aimed at intermediate stitchers, but if you’re confident with darts and concealed zips the rest comes together relatively easily.

I cut the pattern at a size 2 on top and then graded this to a 3/4 at the waist. In the end I had to take the waist in slightly but I figured it was better to be generous with sizing than it being too small.

I love the wrap-around ties and how they marry in a bow at the front of the dress. The pattern recommends you leave part of the side seams open for the ties to loop through but they didn’t seem to sit right for me so I decided to stitch up the openings which gave a much smoother finish.

Something I’d alter when I make this dress again is to ensure the neckline sits slightly lower. It’s by no means uncomfortable but I would extend the shoulder straps slightly.

Now let’s talk about this lip-smackingly delightful fabric! Ever since I saw Rachel Pinheiro’s BHL jumpsuit made up in this material I scoured the internet searching for something similar but nothing was quite right. So when a friend told me she’d seen 3m metres for sale on Instagram I squealed with excited. It was fate, people! The fabric was a dream to sew with, I took my time as it’s quite delicate but it has a good amount of stretch and feels nice against my skin.

The final picture of my dress was taken at the end of the night after much food and dancing – I think this one’s a keeper.

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