So this is the Vikisews Uni Dress. If you’ve seen it before you will be expecting a mini babydoll dress, but I don’t do miniskirts. I couldn’t resist the enormous puffy sleeves and empire line high waist. I thought the low back with the big bow was cute and thought maybe with a little adaptation I could hide a regular bra under there. I’ve been a bit disappointed with the results from Vikisews patterns recently as they have tended to show off or draw attention to the areas where I have gained weight. I think they are generally designed for young,physically fit girls, neither of which characteristics I really have had since lockdown. That said their instructions and details are very good and they have some superb designs. You can still get Vikisews patterns on Etsy. How gorgeously tropical is this fabric? The background is a lovely pink/beige/sand colour which I’m going to call ‘sunset on palm garden beach’ although Lady McElroy call it something different, ‘Love Island’ which has all sorts of dodgy associations for me and anyone who watches British TV 🤣🤣🤣. You can also buy it from Minerva It’s pure cotton and sews up beautifully. I extended the skirt as much as I could with 4m of 140cm wide fabric. I made the enormous metre wide sleeves about 1 1/2” longer and widened the bow ties to improve their bra covering potential I used slightly narrower than 1cm elastic as it was all I had and I put elastic through the narrow back strap to improve its fit. I also sewed a loop under the place where the bow ties are fixed on and I pass my back bra strap through the loops before I do it up. If I tuck one tail of the bow over and behind my bra strap it stays invisible. The bigger bow also hides any lower back chubbiness pretty well too. I really love the finished dress and feel that it expresses all my tropical holiday dreams. I think with my modifications and sewn in brocade or taffeta it would make a lovely Christmas or NewYear dress.
Uni dress was easy and fun to make