I’m going to start this post by saying that this is probably my favourite dress pattern that I have made so far in my sewing journey! So much so that I’ve made 2 of them already! I made one out of the fabric from an old tablecloth, which I wore on Christmas Day, and one from a lighter cotton poplin.
The Hinterland dress pattern, from sew liberated, is a relaxed fit dress designed for woven fabrics, with a button front and gathered skirt. One of the things that really drew me to this pattern is how versatile it actually is! You can have a full or partial button placket, or simply cut on the fold to have a full bodice. You can add waist ties to add shaping, in seam pockets and there are 3 different sleeve options to choose from. I love when patterns are this versatile as you can make multiple versions that each look unique.
Instructions and constructing the garment
The pattern comes in a fairly good size range, with fitting tips included in the instructions which is super helpful. The instructions are very clear to follow and the dress came together easily! You do have a variety of different skills to practice while making the dress including bust darts, bias facing (or bias binding) a neckline, gathering a skirt and inset sleeves. I’ve had a little experience with most of these things now so I was happy to get stuck in, but if you are an absolute beginner this may be a more challenging make (although doable I think).
I chose to cut my front bodice on the fold and not have the button front for the 2 versions I made and I love that this option is so easy to do. I wanted the cap sleeve finish and the waist ties and the fit came out perfectly with no alterations needed. I had read from other reviews that the fit of this dress is very relaxed so did opt to make a size smaller than I measured which has given me a closer (but not too small) fit.
This pattern has become a firm favourite, and I’m already planning on making a sleeveless version, with the partial button front, out of linen for the summer! I love the fit of the dress and the gathered skirt gives me a lovely feminine shape. I can’t wait to wear these dresses out and about in the spring!
Have you made a Hinterland Dress?