Forsythe dress

Summer dress perfection!

This dress has been a LONG time in the making! I first fell in love with this linen from Merchant and Mills in summer 2019 and then finally convinced myself to buy some last August when I visited Rye with Patsy. I kept my eye out for patterns that would offer opportunities to play with stripes and struck gold with the French Navy Forsythe dress! I added the pattern to my ‘Make Nine’ and as soon as we got some sunshine this summer, I set to work.

The bodice panels and pockets are perfect for playing with stripes.

I have previously made two patterns by French Navy – the Orla dress (which is a free pattern) and the Fleetwood dress. I really love both of them and they fit me well, so I was confident that the Forsythe would be another winner in my wardrobe. The dress has a relaxed fit with curved panels on the bodice and a button-up back. The grown-on sleeves feature a cuff and there are yoke pockets at the slightly dropped waistline. Linen is the ideal fabric for a summer version of the Forsythe, but any light to medium weight woven with a bit of drape would work really well.

Such a comfy, breezy shape.

Most of my making time was spent cutting out as I wanted to vary the direction of the stripes and this meant cutting on a single layer and doing quite a bit of faffing! Luckily the team at Fabulosew had printed my A0 pattern for me, which meant my pieces were on transparent paper rather than the standard printer paper I usually work with. This was perfect because it meant I could see the direction of the stripes really clearly through the pattern pieces and it made lining everything up so much easier. Read on to the end for a little pattern printing discount!

I can already tell this dress is going to get a lot of wear.

Once everything was cut out, sewing the dress was a breeze and I thought the instructions were really good. As you would expect from Merchant and Mills, the linen is beautiful quality and it was a joy to work with. I made the dress in the size XS, which is the equivalent of a UK 8. My waist and hip measurements would have put me at a size S (UK 10), but I stuck with the XS because it suited my bust size best and I could see from the finished garment measurements that there would be plenty of room for everything else! I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern at all and I really like the fit of the dress on me, just like my other two French Navy makes – it’s so nice when you find a pattern company with a block that works well for you!

I happened to have the PERFECT buttons in my stash – I added 7 instead of 5 so they lined up with the stripes.

We had a visit booked to Little Budds peony farm last week, which was the perfect opportunity to get some photos of my finished dress with a background other than our garden! Unfortunately it was incredibly breezy and in spells, super sunny, so taking decent pictures was quite a challenge – I think these few shots of the dress are nice, even if my hair isn’t – you can’t have it all!

Peonies are my favourite!

As promised, I have a discount code for you! Fabulosew have very kindly given my followers 25% off an A0 print of the Forsythe dress – just use the code FORSYTHE25 when you place your order. If the Forsythe dress isn’t for you, I still highly recommend checking out the pattern printing service that Fabulosew offer – each A0 page only costs £2.15 to print, they ship really quickly for only £1.65 postage and their lightweight paper is fantastic to work with. I have been paid to promote their service, but I won’t be using any other company in future because Fabulosew are brilliant!

2 thoughts on “Forsythe dress

  1. I have just cut out the Forsyth dress pattern from some linen and will begin sewing it tomorrow. I am somewhat intimidated since it has been decades since I’ve done much sewing, but your post gives me encouragement.
    Thank you! And I love the striped fabric of your dress, perfect for this pattern!

    1. I’m so pleased you have found my post useful, Jane! French Navy instructions are brilliant, so you’re in safe hands and I’m sure your Forsythe will be fab. 😊 Enjoy your sewing!

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