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Simple Life Pattern Company have knocked it out of the park again with another cute dress! This time around, I partnered with Phee Fabrics for this gorgeous Art Gallery Knit and coordinating lace trim. It’s lovely to sew and wear!
About the Zoe Dress
The Zoe dress features a color block/piping feature and scoop pockets in the skirt. It has 3 skirt options (peplum, gathered, circle) and multiple sleeve lengths. It comes in sizes 2T – 12 and is suitable for advanced beginners.
The instructions come with a full photo tutorial, a layered PDF (so you can just print the sizes you need), and a projector file.
Zoe is perfect for twirling, pairing with pants (as a peplum), and with or without sleeves, can be worn year round.
One thing I didn’t do with this, but would highly recommend doing, is adding clear elastic to the waist to prevent it from stretching out and sagging down (particularly on the gathered skirt view — this is an optional step in the instructions), and I would also suggest adding some knit stay tape to the pocket opening.
About the Fabric
Phee Fabrics is based in Florida and stocks a range of Art Gallery fabrics (knit and woven), performance knits, gorgeous cozy French Terry, stretch twill, rayon spandex, and stretch lace. Phee has lots of in stock fabric and a selection of upcoming Art Gallery prints available for pre-order.
For this outfit, I used about 1 yard of Art Gallery Fields of Silene and paired it with medium pink stretch lace trim. The trim was about 2.5″ wide, so I cut it in half lengthways and reduced the width a bit before attaching it to the dress.
Art Gallery knit tends to have a bit more drape compared to custom fabrics, and also feels a bit softer too. It’s still pretty easy to sew though and is perfect for many different outfits – dresses, tops, skirts, etc.
Disclaimer: I received a half yard of Art Gallery knit from Phee Fabrics in exchange for this promotion. I received the Zoe pattern in exchange for testing it.