Spring sewing: Stylish Dress Book – Dress Y

Stylish Dress Book: Dress Y

Call me an optimist but after the coldest British winter for 50 years (allegedly) I do believe that spring is finally on its way. The budding plants in my garden seem to think so too and young seagulls are cawing outside my bedroom window at dawn.

Turning once again to Japanese dressmaking manual Stylish Dress Book, I continue my mission to sew myself a new spring wardrobe. Dress Y is an elegant smock with contrast neck trim and hem. I used Naito Shoji's Lille Skip Forest Blue printed cotton (having made this dress for my daughter in Forest Green earlier). For the contrast I used a yellow cotton fabric with a bold stem/flower design, rescued from a tunic I made last year that didn't quite work – the material looks much better as a trim.

Detail of Dress Y (Stylish Dress Book 1)

As with previous Stylish Dress Book efforts this garment has turned out beautifully and feels light and airy to wear. Until spring properly arrives I'll be wearing it with a long sleeved top underneath because I love the dress too much to wait for warmer weather.

Leaping for joy in Dress Y