After making my first Malvarosa I knew I wanted to make another… with a few changes. No good pattern left unchanged (should be my motto).
First order of business was to pick up some fabric. I headed to Stonemountain & Daughter with “2 yds rayon print” on my shopping list. The bright cobalt blue of this print caught my eye. Later I realized this looks very similar to the fabric that Caroline used for her Saltspring dress. Is it the same?
The changes: I wanted a sleeveless dress so I started by switching out the top of the Malvarosa bodice for Butterick 3383 (view C). I have a rayon tank made from B3383 and love the fit so this was an easy choice. I used a bias binding for the neck and armscyes as I’m not a huge fan of facings. Since the rayon is pretty slippery I used a cotton-silk fabric to make the bias tape which makes things a bit easier. I opted to leave out the pockets since I figured the rayon would make droopy pockets. I also shortened the bodice about 1/2″.
I’m still enjoying the drop waist silhouette and this dress has gotten lots of wear during hot summer days. Looking forward to making another one for fall. Maybe in plaid with short sleeves?
Details: Butterick 3383 (view C) sz XS neck through armscyes combined with Malvarosa sz 34 on top graded to 36 at bust and 38 at waist; shortened the skirt by 2 inches; shortened the bodice by 1/2″; bias binding instead of facings