Anyone that knows me would agree that I like a formless dress. Open my closet and you will see all the ways a dress can not define a waist! I jokingly refer to them as my sack dresses! I love my sacks!
However, to call the Roscoe Dress and Blouse by True Bias a sack is a real disservice. Yes it has all the criteria of a formless dress but it is also light and elegant, flirty even! Making this dress has been on my mind for awhile and this week I finally went for it.
I've read many reviews of this dress and the consensus is you will want to size way...way down! After reviewing the finished garment dimensions I agreed. Based on the size charts I would be a size 16, but I decided to make a size 4 which still provided plenty of ease in the finished garment.
For this project I did make a muslin, despite my previous statements, sometimes a formless dress can go wrong. Its the difference between loose fitting and still flattering and loose like a wearable tent. So I wanted to be sure. I found and old loose weave fabric in my personal fabric stash that a friend brought me from India years ago, it was lightweight and had a closer (but not exact) drape to my final fabric. I made the blouse version...I loved it! It was flowy, and it draped well. Because of the raglan sleeves and plenty of ease I didn't need to worry about my usual rounded back or forward shoulder adjustments, so on I went.
This dress is listed as advanced beginner, but the most complex part of this pattern is the gathers. There is no interfacing or tricky sleeve attachment. If you are a true beginner and you are ready to level up, this is the perfect pattern for you!
The Oasis Night fabric is one of my absolute favorite fabrics we carry. This fabric by Atelier Brunette is a stunning print with abstract shapes in such pleasing colors of pinks, tangerine and saffron. Its a lightweight viscose that feels like luxury in your hand! Made from Lenzing™ EcoVero™ certified fibers, this fabric is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified.
This fabric and this pattern were a perfect marriage! I am so happy with how this dress turned out, I know it will get lots of wear all year long. For my next Roscoe I will take several inches off making it a true mini - perfect for wear over leggings or fitting slacks. I'd also really like to try this off the shoulder hack from True Bias!