The Austin Dress Design Details
In our last post I gave you an overview of our newest pattern, the Austin Dress. Today I’ll be diving deeper into the details that make this dress a summertime staple that you’ll want to wear over and over. From the gracefully sloped shoulder, to the button band details at the sides, to the two skirt views, this pattern is full of interesting elements so let’s dive in!
The bodice of the Austin is shared between Views A & B. The bodice is fitted at the shoulders anchoring the silhouette to the body then falls over the bust into a looser silhouette that won’t cling during the heat of summer.
We paired a high, jewel neckline with a front keyhole opening which, in addition to allowing the dress to fit over your head, can be worn open or closed giving you options in neckline depending on your comfort level. We also have a tutorial planned on how to swap the keyhole opening to the back if you prefer.
As mentioned above, the armholes are gracefully sloped creating a frame to show off the shoulder. While the straps are narrow, we kept them wide enough that they easily cover a racerback or Y-back bra, and depending on the style, a regular bra can work as well. The neckline and armholes are finished with bias facings.
At both sides of the dress you’ll find a row of buttons & buttonholes which create the side seams and add interest to the dress. We saw this detail quite a bit in vintage patterns but think it looks quite modern applied to an updated silhouette. It’s also a great way to show off a set of cute buttons!
The skirt for View A is knee length and A-line creating a perfect little summer sundress. You can easily lengthen or shorten the skirt based on height and personal preference. We hemmed this version with a turned and stitched hem due to the curve of the skirt.
View B has a midi-length gathered skirt with large pockets, perfect for swanning around during the warmer months. We paired this version with a deep hem which adds polish and makes me feel expensive while wearing it.
There is extensive topstitching throughout the dress, though if you prefer, that can be left out with no ill effects to the design or function of the dress. We just loved the way it looks!
Next up I’ll be discussing fabric choices for the Austin so stay tuned for that and if you have any questions let me know on Instagram or in the comments below!