Black and white gingham fit-and-flare dress
Gingham in basic colors is usually easy to find and pretty affordable, too! I figured, with how much I love the first one, it wouldn't hurt to have another, though different, checkered dress, right??
I did want to do a pretty different style than my elastic waist, ruffled one. I looked around at gingham dress inspirations (there are a TON!) and decided to keep it really simple and do a fit-and-flare, full-skirted style. Like these:
I used/modified Simplicity 4531, which is completely ancient and I'm sure out of print, but you could use any fitted camisole bodice dress pattern. I did a simple gathered skirt, two panels.
The style is so simple and classic, except the shorter skirt!
I cut the center front of the bodice down to a sloped V, rather than the wide scoop the pattern called for.
So fun to wear, and summery!
Now I may have the issue of having to decide between these two checkered numbers when I get dressed for the next summer event... I guess this one is a little more formal and the other is a little more backyard BBQ-ey!
Pattern: Simplicity 4531
- Changed shape of neckline to deep V/sweetheart
- Ignored skirt pattern, used two panels cut to desired length instead
- Cut straps on straight grain instead of bias cause I didn't have enough fabric
Of course, if you don't feel like sewing your own, there are a couple of great options for very similar ones!