The New Meg Dress x Athina Kakou
When Athina approached me a few months ago about this dress, I immediately loved the simple design. As much as I like unique styles and silhouettes from an artistic perspective, in my daily life I always reach for the staples and wardrobe classics. This dress is so effortless and fits right in with my personal style.
The Meg Dress is a simple shift style dress with a slight A-line, a rounded bateau neckline, and grown on sleeves. There’s an optional sleeve cuff, pockets, and a tie belt with belt loops for a more silhouette defining look. There are bust darts for some slight shaping, and sizing goes up to a 56” hip. The Meg can be made as a dress or a hip length top, again with or without the belt.
This dress is great for a beginner project or a quick sew because the body of the dress is just two pieces: a front and back. There are no sleeves to set and the looser style means less fitting is required. The neckline is finished with a facing, and I love the way it looks topstitched down from the outside of the garment. The pockets are inset which is also a beginner friendly style.
For my Meg Dress, I chose a beautiful Italian rayon crepe from The Sewing Workshop. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers and I really liked the larger scale of the flowers. I don’t wear much blue but I loved the warm robin’s egg blue with the pink flowers and hints of lilac and golden yellow. This rayon crepe was quite shifty so cutting my pattern pieces took some extra care, but the drape of the dress can’t be beat. And since its 100% viscose as opposed to a polyester blend like a lot of other crepes, its much more comfortable to wear as well.
I chose to blouse my Meg Dress with the belt, but the dress can also be cinched in with the self fabric belt or a cute leather belt for a different look. The rayon crepe gave my dress a softer, more fluid appearance, but the pattern would also look amazing in something with a little more body like a poplin or linen too. This dress really is so versatile!
I am so grateful to Athina for inviting me to be the inspiration for her pattern. I love how she names her patterns after makers in the sewing community and uses this method to celebrate fellow sewists. You can also celebrate a lovely group of makers by checking out the other beautiful Meg Dresses her testers sewed up over the last few weeks. And Athina also has a blog post up introducing the Meg Dress, so make sure to take a look at that as well.
Finally, the Meg Dress is on sale for the release week, so grab your copy ASAP! And tag your makes with #akMeg, #MegDress, and #MegTop, because I would absolutely love to see your Meg Dresses.
Thank you again to Athina, and thank you for reading and supporting me in my making endeavors!