I always love it when Papercut Patterns release a new collection, even though it means I have to immediately re-arrange my entire sewing list to accommodate the new patterns that jump to the top of my queue! This time I was lucky to get a sneak peek of the patterns- I responded to an Instagram tester call, and made up the Sierra Jumpsuit. It’s a super cool pattern, but that’s not what I’m posting about today! I haven’t moved past the muslin stage with the jumpsuit yet, but once the collection was released I nabbed myself a copy of the beautiful Meridian Dress and immediately sewed it up for my upcoming work Christmas party.
The dress came together really easily, but has some clever techniques and drafting to make the front wrap portions of the dress. I did have a bit of trouble figuring out how to shorten the bodice, as the front pattern piece is a pretty weird shape, and I probably didn’t do the best job, but when it’s all wrapped up it’s hard to tell if there’s anything amiss! I considered using french seams to sew this up, but in the end I just went with overlocking them and pressing them open. I wouldn’t have been able to use a french seam for the centre front or back seams, so I figured I might as well treat them all the same! I did the hems with a blind hem stitch on my machine, I love that finish.
I think the back is just as pretty as the front! The invisible zipper finished half way up the back bodice, leaving a keyhole and button and loop to close the top of the dress. I used a small fabric covered button, and I think it’s turned out pretty cute! I really like the length of the ties as well, they’re really well proportioned with the length of the skirt. The pleats on the front and back skirt help to give it enough wearing ease and swishy-ness to be comfortable, but the skirt still feels slim and modern to me.
Before I saw the patterns I had bought myself a length of this gorgeous Atelier Brunette viscose pique from Miss Maude Fabrics, and once I saw the patterns I knew it would be a perfect match for the Meridian dress! It was lovely to sew with, it’s really light and floaty but also fairly stable. It didn’t seem to want to slip off the table or out from under my pins like some silky fabrics do! I do wonder if it camouflages the details of the pattern a bit though, the wrap front and the pleats in the skirt aren’t as obvious as they would be in a smaller print or a plain fabric. And I’ve only just noticed that I’ve cut the front skirt piece upside down to the rest of the pieces, I didn’t think the print was directional but those big pale pink loopy flowers are definitely up the other way on the rest of the dress!
I’ve been playing around with different ways to wear the wrap front, the top picture is just wrapped around my waist as shown in the sample photos, but the second picture is the ties knotted together in the front and then tied in the back. I really like the second way as well, it’s hard to tell in the photos but it gives the bodice a slightly looser, more blousy fit and changes the overall silhouette of the dress.
I love this dress! I love the shape and the length and the sleeves, I love the weight of the fabric and the print and the colours. I feel really good in it, and I know I’m going to get a bunch of wear out of it! Now I’ve just got to get going with my Sierra Jumpsuit, and also the Palisade Pants…and maybe the Pinnacle top too…
9 thoughts on “Floral Meridian Dress”
Looks like this one will be very versatile, could easily be dressed up or down in the lovely fabric that you chose for it ;o)
I hope so! I think it could be a good pattern for winter layering too 😊
With Papercut Patterns, it’s the same to me. I can see you wearing this lovely dress a lot! The neckline is at a modern height and the back slit gives a bit of interest and a bit of air at the same time. Just consider all the directional flowers indicating their digits to the knot showing off the skirt‘s most interesting detail!
Thanks! I really like the back, it’s so cute 😊 I’ll say it was intentional if anyone notices the upside down flowers!
Very pretty! I bought the pinnacle top, it too has weird intriguing pieces!
Thanks! I like that pattern too, the cropped version and the sweatshirt look great. I’ll look forward to seeing yours!
Looks lovely! I would love to hear how you shortened the bodice. I’m in need of lengthening mine and having a hell of a time figuring out how to lengthen the front bodice….
I did a really hack-y job of it, because I just did a tissue fit instead of a proper muslin, but if I was doing it properly I think I would just rule a line perpendicular to the centre front line across to the side seam and lengthen it from there? You could message Katie from Papercut Patterns and ask, she’s always receptive to questions 😊