Go Anywhere Dress

—By Heather

The Go Anywhere Dress by Sewn Square One is a pattern I’ve wanted to make since starting work here. I wish I hadn’t waited so long because this dress is a super cute basic. I am excited about making several of these for myself, in varying lengths (there is a tunic and a top option). This pattern also offers the choice of long, short or no sleeves. I chose no sleeves because I find it more versatile throughout the year—during cooler months I can always throw a cardigan over it.

My version is made with Robert Kaufman’s Brussels linen/rayon blend. I am in love with this fabric. I wish we could carry every color. It’s a dream to work with, drapes beautifully and feels lovely against your skin. It does fray pretty easily so be sure to finish your edges with a serger, zig-zag stitch, or pinking shears.

The two modifications I made to this pattern were to use an invisible zipper up the back instead of a coil one, and creating in-seam pockets, rather than using the patch pockets the pattern comes with. For some reason, the in-seam pockets were a reall brain-bender for me. I will do it again but it will require changing the line of the front piece a bit. When I figure that out, I’ll share how to do it.

The simple rounded neckline is universally flattering. And because it has princess seams, adjusting the fit through the waist and bust area is very easy.

This dress really can be worn anywhere. Dress it up with a silk or make it more casual with a chambray. It is a truly versatile garment.