The Regatta Dress is easy to make, fun to sew and a delight to wear - a frock as suited to romping through a field of wildflowers as sitting eating oysters in a seaside bistro! The fully lined bodice has a nifty neckline threaded through with ribbons, which tie at the shoulders to create pretty straps. It buttons all the way down the back giving a bold vintage feel. The skirt is a simple gathered rectangle - with optional big patch pockets.
FIT The dress is drafted to be fairly loose through the bust and waist to give a relaxed look. The final bodice shaping is determined by how you arrange the neckline along the ribbons. If you like a closer fit through the bust/waist its easy to take in the bodice down the side seams, or cinch in with a belt.
VARIATIONS Adjust the skirt dimensions to create a fuller or slimmer silhouette, or try pleats instead of gathering for a neater look. Pop a net petticoat underneath for a 50's style dance dress. You can also use the skirt instructions provided with the pattern to draft your own cute button-through gathered skirt.
LEVEL If you've already made a few simple outfits this will be a great next challenge. There are quite a few buttons and button holes - so if you're not an expert now you will be by the time you've finished!
Dress weight cotton,seersucker,lightweight denim,cotton shirting or African waxedcotton - this isa dress crying out tobe madein avibrant print.
You will need 2.8 metres /3 yardsof fabric,at least140cm/55" wide. This is based on an approx knee-length skirt and includes enough to self line the bodice. Alternatively use 50cm/20" offinecotton lawn toline thebodice. (You might need 1 metre/11/4 yards if the lawn is narrow.)
4 - 5cm/11/2 - 2" wide ribbon (not toostiff) – 2 metres/21/4yards. Or make your own ties in matching or contrasting fabric.
2.5 - 3cm/1 - 11/4" diameter buttons – x10 plus a spare!
Lightweightinterfacing to reinforce the button stand – strip measuring approx 20 x 90cm/8" x 1yard
How to download your Alice & Co Pattern
Alice & Co patterns are provided in three different page formats and are designed to be printed in colour.
Once you have purchased your pattern you will be given a download link. This will also be emailed to you so don't worry if you don't want to download it straight away!
The download will consist of a zip file containing 4 separate PDF files:
1x Pattern Instructions 3x Patterns in A0, A4 and US Letter sizes
*Please make sure you read the following instructions carefully before printing!*
For A4/US Letter: it is vital to make sure your pattern prints at full scale or the sizing will not be correct. Your print settings should be set to 'full scale', '100%', 'actual size' or equivalent according to your printer software.
There are two test squares on the first page of every pattern: a 5cm and a 2" square.
Print only this page first and check your square measures up, before printing the rest of the pattern.
For A0 copy shop: follow the instructions given by your chosen copy shop. Services are also available online - we recommend Patternsy - who print on lightweight tissue paper with very speedy delivery to anywhere in the world! Once you have purchased your pattern from us, simply click on the link above to go to their website and follow the steps to upload your pattern.