When I first laid eyes on the Reeta Dress pattern by Named, I knew that I needed to sew it up in one of our viscose poplin prints. This floral print was just the ticket. My friend Helen snagged some of the white version, and had the same idea. Matching Reeta dresses? YES. Take photos of our matching dresses in the park? Double yes. When the sewing stars align like this, you just can't say no.
For the past little while I've been hosting sewing days in the studio with a couple of close friends. We each bring snacks and spend the entire day sewing, chatting, snacking, laughing... It's my favourite day. I always come away feeling inspired and energized. This dress was completed over the course of two sewing days. Helen and I worked on our dresses at the same time, which was fun. We were able to compare notes and commiserate over the tricky steps.
In the end I was left with a dress that I love not just because of how it came out, but also because I had a great time sewing it alongside my friends! If you've never sewn with friends, I am here to tell you to give it a try. Lugging machines and supplies around can feel like a chore, but it's so worth it.
Overall I actually found this pattern took longer than I expected to sew up, but I blame all the lovely unique details for that. I love the pleated pockets over the bust, wide sleeve cuffs, notched collar, and side seam splits. I'm also a huge fan of a midi length dress. In case you're wondering, I'm 5'8" and I didn't need to lengthen the pattern.
The drawstring casing is sewn on after the dress is mostly constructed, before you sew the buttons and buttonholes. I like this because I was able to try the dress on and decide exactly where I wanted the waist to sit.
It was a hot day in Vancouver when we took these photos, but we had such a great time. We took a break from our sewing day with Tasia and went to a park near the studio to try to find the perfect spot. It was a Saturday and I think we confused a lot of people with our matching dresses, haha. Tasia was wearing this dress (out of the same print!) - it was pretty hilarious. We goofed around a lot and laughed so much. Thank you Tasia for taking these photos!
This fabric is back in stock in both colours, but probably not for long. You can grab it in white here and black here. I can't seem to keep it on the shelves, so grab some while you can. It's pretty dreamy - soft and breathable with a fluid drape. It's suitable for tops, dresses, skirts, and kimonos.
Helen has also written a post about her Reeta! If you haven't already, be sure to visit her blog, Helen's Closet. She does amazing weekly round ups of new pattern releases, indie sewing news, and her favourite community makes. Her sewing output is also pretty bananas, so you'll find tons of inspiration there too.
Helen and I have been working on a special project together, which I can't reveal quite yet but I am incredibly excited about. I can only say that it's sewing related and I think you're going to love it! We'll be announcing it in about a month, so stay tuned. Any guesses?