I am back in my sewing room and making things again. I was really excited about this pattern as soon as Muna and Broad released it. The Melba dress is designed for a variety of woven fabrics and features a V neck, generous pockets, and a mitered high-low hem. I really liked both Jess & Leila’s versions so I went into my fabric stash to find a yummy solid fabric to make my own version.
I used a viscose linen noil (70% viscose/30% linen) in cinnamon from Blackbird Fabrics. I like wearing this fabric but sometimes struggle to actually use it because it feels so precious. I decided that this dress was special enough to use this fabric and I am very glad I did. I made the size “I” to accommodate my current bust measurement. I thought about grading down to match my hip and waist measurements, but decided against it after I looked at the pattern piece. It didn’t seem like it would make much of a difference and I didn’t want to create a weird shape while grading.
I love this dress. It is comfortable, chic, and just puts a smile on my face. I love the volume of it and the mitered hem really comes together like magic. I strongly dislike hemming anything, but I’ll do this method. I’m already thinking about additional versions in both solids and prints. I’ve got a gingham linen on the cutting table right now. I’m sure you’ll see me in additional Melba dresses in the near future.