A flared dress, just below the knee, with small neat shoulder and shallow rounded neckline. With the option of a button through back or a simple slip over the head. The trapeze is so easy to make and so easy to wear. Make it for the winter in Harris tweed teamed with a chunky brogue, in a bold block print or a washed linen for the summer. It is endlessly versatile.
You have the option of making this 3/4 sleeved, sleeveless and short sleeved, all with a button back opening.
All seam allowances are 1.5cm unless otherwise stated.
Skill level - beginner.
*Please note we have now changed pattern printers. Our patterns are now printed within Europe, the pattern paper is 70gsm white (FSC® certified) and is made only 180km away from the printers. Our instructions now come in booklet format rather than A3 sheets. The paper is PEFC/01-31-126 certified.abric suggestions - medium weight, dress weight wovens, cotton sanded twill, 8-14oz denim, linen, corduroy, tencel, tencel/linen, wool tweeds, oilskins.
If you order a paper copy you will be sent a printed version of our pattern. If you select PDF, you are purchasing a digital file which will be stored on your account to be downloaded at any time. PDF's will include a tiled, an A0 copy shop file and your instructions. The tiled file can be used on any home printer and stuck together and is compatible with both A4 and US letter paper. Alternatively, you can send off the copy shop file to be printed full size; we can usually recommend someone in your area. If you are in the UK, we would recommend The Fold Line. The instructions can either be printed at home or simply follow along on your computer or phone.
Interfacing - 0.35M (for the sleeveless version) and 0.25M (for the sleeved version both views).
Buttons - 10 x 20 - 23mm (For the top you will need 6 buttons).
Cutout image - Calamity Red
Tash is wearing the trapeze in Painterly Rouge Linen.
Claire is wearing the trapese in Sophia Plum Linen in UK size 28.
Green dress - Woolsey Knapsack
Pia's Sleeveless dress - Shapely Natural
Larli is wearing the Trapeze dress in Shelby wool in a UK size 20.
Pia's Short Sleeve dress - Tottorri Plain Black
Button-back Sleeveless dress - 5oz Denim Blue
Other fabrics are no longer stocked, however suitable alternatives would be Finsbay Harris, Tottorri Cross Navy, Cosmos Black and Indigo Double Gauze.
It’s always wonderful to make Christmas presents for friends and family, but how nice to set aside some time to make yourself a Christmas dress!
Katie and Elwen are our pattern development and sewing duo, they made themselves 2 Ellis dresses, a Trapeze, a Florence and a shortened September!
Outfit details as follows:
Sleeveless Trapeze Dress – Espresso Velvet (FYI Elwen wears a 12)
Checked Ellis Dress – Hettie Gingham (Katie wears an 8)
Shortened September coat – Shadow Brown Velvet (Katie wears an 8)
Green Ellis Dress – Anouk Heavy Tencel Twill (Elwen wears a 12)
Stripe Florence dress – Biscotti Linen (Elwen wears a 12)
Linen is one of the world’s oldest fabrics, celebrated for its strength, softness and subtle lustre. The perfect summer fabric, cool to the touch and absorbent, it will keep you fresh in the hottest of weather.
Linen is lint free, moth resistant and is stronger when wet. It is naturally dirt, stain and abrasion resistant. It is produced from the flax plant that require few or no pesticides to cultivate. This is why we love it.
The simple white linen dress teamed with natural leather sandals or a pair of converse is a clean, sophisticated, yet surprisingly dramatic statement. Keep styles relaxed and informal and let the fabric crumple. We have made the Trapeze, Fielder, Ellis and Camber. These are all very simple to make and easy to wear. These could be your holiday wardrobe is sorted.
Caring for linen: linen can be washed at high temperatures, although we recommend 30 degrees, avoid tumble drying regularly, line dry if possible. As linen has low elasticity (causing it to crease easily) do not fold away, repeated folding in the same place will cause the fibres to break eventually. Keep linen garments hanging up. Bleaching will damage the fibres as will certain strong antiperspirants. Press while damp.
From top left to bottom right:
Fielder Dress in Virgin White linen.
Camber Dress in Virgin White linen.
Trapeze Dress in Milk Heavy linen. We made an opening for the back at the neckline and made a simple tie with the linen to fasten.
Fielder Top in Virgin White linen and ribbing. These are not our Heroine jeans.
Ellis dress in Virgin White linen. We decided to line the bodice to make it more opaque.
Many thanks to Harriet Olins for being such a fun and willing model. Harriet wears a size 12 in these samples.