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How We Wear It: Fiona Sundress

By Allie

Allie is the co-founder of Indiesew and creator of all things pretty on the site. Follow Allie and receive other Indiesew updates by subscribing to the blog.

Indiesew | Fiona Sundress | Closet Case Files

We're so excited to be carrying a new Closet Case Patterns design in the shop: the Fiona Sundress! I've been eyeing this design since it released last June, but I've been waiting to find the right fabric to complement the fitted bodice, body skimming skirt, wide straps, and snap closure.

And then I realized we've been carrying it in the Indiesew Fabric Shop this entire time. Our Navy Tropics Rayon Challis is the perfect substrate for this silhouette!

Indiesew | Fiona Sundress | Closet Case Files

Fiona has two views. View A is a midi-length, bra-friendly dress with side slits. View B has crossed straps and a low back with two shorter skirt options. Fiona is intended for medium weight woven fabrics like denim (this one is ideal for View B), twill, chambray, and linen.

I sewed View A using the size 4 pattern pieces for the bodice and the size 4 graded to a size 8 through the skirt. My measurements are 33" bust, 27" waist, 38.5" hip, and if I follow the Closet Case size chart, I can typically achieve a pretty good fit right out of the envelope.

Indiesew | Fiona Sundress | Closet Case Files

The only major change I made was to shorten the straps by about 1" and move their placement so they cover the straps on my favorite bra. I'm pretty short from shoulder to bust apex, so it's common for me to have to adjust strap length on most garments like this.

Indiesew | Fiona Sundress | Closet Case Files

My Fiona has a few inches of ease through the waist, so next time I might pinch that extra width in at the side seams. But otherwise, I'm thrilled with the fit of this dress.

Indiesew | Fiona Sundress | Closet Case Files

Sewing this dress was a total dream. I tried on the bodice constantly while sewing, careful to get the perfect strap placement, but in the end, I didn't have to make any adjustments to the princess seams.

All of the seams match perfectly and the fabric was really easy to work with. Because it's about 5 ounces per square yard (learn more about fabric weight), it didn't stretch out or shape-shift while I was working with it. This Navy Tropics Rayon Challis might be my favorite we've ever sold.

Indiesew | Fiona Sundress | Closet Case Files

I decided to use snaps instead of buttons because I find them so much easier to install. You'll definitely want to heed Closet Case's instructions to put five snaps on the bodice, otherwise you may experience some gaping there.

Indiesew | Fiona Sundress | Closet Case Files

I've been wearing my Fiona Sundress with my favorite leather jacket and clogs. I tend to not wear dresses too often, but I can see this one becoming a summer staple in hot weather.

Indiesew | Fiona Sundress | Closet Case Files

Indiesew | Fiona Sundress | Closet Case Files

Grab your copy of the Fiona Sundress and a few yards of our Navy Tropics Rayon Challis to create your own version! I think you'll find this intermediate sewing project to be a satisfying sew.

Happy sewing!

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