My Bar Harbor Dress

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.

kaufman nantucket patchwork sorbet

Kaufman Nantucket Patchwork Sorbet


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.


land end sleeveless polo dress

Polo Dress Pattern Starting Point (wish I looked this good in my photos!)





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.


Kaufman Patchwork 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.

bar harbor dress front


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