I self-drafted this smock dress a week or so ago, out of an adorable raccoon fabric which reminds me of that 90s cartoon, The Raccoons, that always used to be on on Saturday mornings.
Let’s talk about the fabric first – it’s a Primark duvet cover that I saw in store a few weeks ago. It was one of those purchases that you know you must have straight away. On one side is the raccoon print and on the other, a sweet orange and white polka dot print, that I used for lining the bodice.
I’ve been pinning lots of loose fitting dresses lately and really wanted to make myself one. I’ve been on a self-drafting craze recently too (I started sewing this way) and so I planned out the bodice and a simple gathered skirt. My first attempt was too high in the neck and way too unflattering, so I started again, by modifying the bodice and loosening the skirt.
I know smocks aren’t the most flattering dresses to wear anyway but they’re just so comfy. I think they’re the ideal dress to wear for a day lounging around the house or for sewing in, so I’m tempted to make many more for this reason alone.
This was my initial inspiration. I love its straight skirt and its loose looking fit, plus it would be perfect for wearing out to a three course meal! I already have a blue fabric in mind for this one too so that’s next on my wishlist.
The fit on the raccoon dress, though, is very relaxed as a smock should be and the skirt is quite loose too. I love a gathered skirt, especially when it works really well and, overall, I’m happy with the result. It does need hemming which I always leave until I absolutely have to, but I’m just glad that I got the self-drafting right in the end.