March 25, 2021
We're twice as excited today, because this is the first time Forget-Me-Not Patterns has launched two patterns at once, and the first time we've launched an accessory pattern. Come and see what we've got for you!
April is our new A-line dress pattern that is made for woven fabrics. The sizing goes up to 143cm (56.5") at the hip, which is two sizes larger than any of our previously released patterns. It's easy-fit with only one closure, but with three bust options so you can have the perfect fit. It has a unique wavy design that goes all around the body, with options for a gathered or flat view skirt.
This dress also offers the chance to learn something new. For sewists that really want to challenge themselves, we offer an optional super-clever pocket in the wavy seam. We've added extremely detailed step-by-step instructions, with images, to walk you through how to make this pocket. We've even included steps for how to construct one for a colour-blocked garment.
Because it's an easy-fit dress, it's so easy to wear. Just throw it on and go! You'll look dressed up, and you'll feel perfectly comfortable. And if you want to add a bit more flair, well, that's where our next pattern comes in.
We've released a second free pattern as well! Gemma is a tie belt pattern made with the gathered April in mind. But once we made Gemma, we realized that she had potential beyond the April dress. So she comes as part of the April pattern, but she is also a free pattern on her own. She's simple, versatile and an easy sew that's perfect for beginners. She sizes up to a 115cm (45.5") waist measurement.
To celebrate April, we're offering 20% off her until April 1 with the code HEYAPRIL. Click here to order the pattern now!
Want to learn more about the newest Forget-Me-Not dress pattern? Read on...
April is designed specifically for light to medium weight non-stretch wovens. Fabric with a stable weave is best to ensure the wavy design line holds its shape. Depending on what fabrics you pick for the dress, you can create some radically different looks.
The wavy seam design at hip level is subtle when one fabric is used for the entire dress. Colorblocking, on the other hand, emphasises this element of the design, and adds an element of shape even when the dress is worn loose.
The Gemma belt can use the same fabric as in the torso of the dress for an understated look, or a contrasting fabric to emphasize the way it cinches in the waist. Or use one fabric on each side for a reversible belt to fit your many fashion moods!
Yes, a dress can be both easy fit and perfectly fitted. We've provided three different bust fits with this pattern so you can more easily make a dress that is tailored to the unique shape of your body. For more information, check the sizing page. The April booklet has even more information to help you pick the right bust fit for you.
The April dress has several different options to help you make the dress even more unique to you.
We feel everyone deserves pockets. And when possible, they deserve the option of putting pockets in the spot where they want them. That's why we've provided two different pocket options.
There is a traditional side-seam pocket that's simple to sew. If you want to create a challenging but rewarding little detail, we've also designed a pocket that goes on the wavy seam line.
We've provided two separate hem lengths, one that comes to the knee and one that is two inches/5 cm shorter. We also have tips on how to alter the hemline still further.
The choice is up to you whether or not to have a defined waistline. The Gemma belt is the perfect way to bring this dress in at the waist. If you prefer a looser look, just wear it unbelted. You'll find that the two looks are very different.
We've provided optional waist tucks to organise the fullness of the waist. If you know you'll only wear this dress with a belt, you may find the waist tucks add a good emphasis to the dress.
We styled this in several different ways during the photo shoot. We were struck by how different the dress can look depending on how it's worn.
This apricot crinkle linen April A-line dress has a hemline just above the knee and cinches the waist with the Gemma belt. The gathers at the wavy seam add a bit of emphasis, and the wavy line pocket is a unique design feature that's sure to get comments. It's comfortable, casual and fun.
This make is almost identical to the apricot crinkle linen, with the exception that the pockets are on the side seam rather than the wavy line. Yet it has a completely different aura.
With the Gemma belt this feels like a day at the office, but swapping to a leather belt makes it feel like the right choice for a night out.
The colour-blocking in this dress gives the wavy line even more emphasis than the gathers and tucks do in the other two makes. In the shorter length with no pockets and no tie belt, this has a very flat finish and really shows off the A-line structure of the dress. It feels a bit like 2021 has decided to remix the best part of 60s and 80s fashion.
Remember, you can get 20% off your April dress pattern until April 1 with the code HEYAPRIL. Just click here to order.
We will be sharing some fabulous tester makes soon, so don't forget to follow along on our Instagram and Facebook pages to keep in the loop. Happy sewing everyone, and remember to share your make on social with the hashtag #fmnApril !
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