There are some patterns that you find yourself going back to over and over. This is one of those patterns for me. This sweet summery dress is beautiful in its simplicity. Designed with straight lines and an easy fit, I think this has always been one of the most charming dresses in my collection. Originally released in 2014 and called Daphne Marie, this pattern has been renamed Okanagan, and there is so much about it to love!
This was actually one of the very first patterns I designed and wrote, and it started small with only a size range only going up to 5. It was expanded in 2016 with a wider size range, the addition of a longer bodice option, and featuring the bodice pleat you see now (which didn't exist on the original). The pattern has grown up again for 2018 with another new addition to the pattern... inseam pockets!
When I finished the first of my pre-test versions with pockets and showed it to my daughter, her reaction was perfect... GASP! "It has HIDDEN POCKETS! "
Along with several new features in the pattern instructions, including a glossary of relevant sewing terms and a summary of steps for those who are familiar with the pattern, Okanagan now features sizes 2-12. There are still two options for the length of the bodice, the empire or full length waist and the pattern includes instructions to do the back of the bodice with elastic casings or shirring. While the elastic casings method is beautiful and easy to do, if you have always wanted to try shirring but haven't done it yet, this pattern is a perfect one to learn on! Be sure to check out my post Shirring: Testing and Tension to learn some tips for how to get a perfectly shirred back bodice. With all options, the length of the skirt falls to the upper calf. The pockets are hidden in the side seams, and are between the two layers of the skirt.
One of my favorite things about this pattern is that all the pieces (except for the inseam pocket) are made with rectangular pieces of fabric. These pieces are given by measurements, which means that there is NO taping necessary! Simply print the pocket page and the measurements charts, and you are ready to go! If you decide not to add pockets, you can view the charts on your screen and not do any printing at all!
This is a sweet style to use with bold colors, or neutrals. I also love that this pattern can be given so many different looks by getting creative with trim or appliques. On the navy blue version that I made, I added a simple embroidered flower to the bodice and I think it was the perfect choice!
The pleat can be done with trim, such as crocheted lace, or you can add lace or use embroidered fabric for the bottom hem. I love how this dress looks with border print fabric, and when one of my wonderful testing team members decided to add the colorful fabric to the bottom layer of the skirt instead of the top, that too looks amazing!
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This is the second pattern that I have updated this year. The first was the fleece dress & tunic pattern, Muskoka. I will be continuing to work on updating all my previously released favorites over the remainder of this year.
EVERYONE who has purchased any of the updated patterns in the past, or buys between now and when an updated is released, will get the update for no additional cost!
All those who already own Daphne Marie have already been sent an email with the update. If you have not gotten it, please check your email spam/junk folder, and if it isn't there then contact me and I will make sure that you get it.
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