Last summer I bought two great madras fabrics in the Robert Kaufman Nantucket Patchwork collection. I made myself a sleeveless shift out of the pink colorway and had planned to get some nice pictures during our trip to Acadia last August. Our Acadia trip was actually a camping trip, so I never actually wore my “Bar Harbor Dress” in Bar Harbor. A year later, I finally snapped a few pictures of it so I can write about it.
This is a really interesting madras fabric as you can tell by the picture. Each 3″x3″ square is an individually sewn patch, so it has a great depth and texture to it. I just loved it and hoped it would make a nice casual summer shift.
I used a Land’s End sleeveless polo dress as the starting point for my pattern. I changed the neck to a simple V, and pretty much kept the A-line shape of the dress.
One mistake that I made was in overlooking that the original polo dress is constructed out of a knit material, so there is a bit of stretch. I luckily increased the A-line shape through the waist and hips, but should have also added more ease through the bust. Here is how it turned out.