Dress · Sewing

Papercut Patterns / Adrift Dress


Summer is here! Therefore, pretty dresses on a roll!
This is the Adrift Dress by Papercut, from their latest collection Ahoy! It’s described as “A feminine dress for warm summer days. Features include gently ruffled sleeves and hemline, wrap skirt, bust darts and gathered waist with additional wrap skirt option…”.
Recommended fabrics are light to medium weight wovens with drape and this black viscose I’ve had in my stash since last year was just waiting to meet the Adrift. It has a really lovely and fluid hand and I like the little blue and white geometric pattern, modern yet very sophisticated.

I’ve made a muslin for the bodice section, to check the overall fit. In Papercut sizing I fall in between XS and S and this time I’ve decided to make the S for the top, going down to XS for the waist and skirt. I’m pretty sure I can easily fit in the smaller size too without problems, but I like the idea of a little more room for these warm summer days.

I’ve made some alterations to the pattern – I’ve moved forward the shoulders by 1/2″ and also adjusted for broad shoulders by the same amount. I them moved down the bust dart by 1″ and lengthened the bodice by 1″ too. I like the slightly longer bodice, but I think the skirt now sits just a wee bit too low and I’d prefer it shorter, so next time I’ll leave the bodice length as per pattern.

I’m happy with the fit of this dress and I’m in love with the whole silhouette. Ruffles are everywhere right now and I’m proud I can follow the fashion without the need of going shopping, but making unique me-made garments instead!

The Adrift goes together pretty quickly and the instructions are very clear, as always with Papercut. The only bit I struggled with, was the waist tie casing – I find it a bit too narrow for the tie itself. I don’t know if I cut or sew something wrong, but the braid I made doesn’t slide easily through it, so next time I’ll increase the width of the casing by just 1cm or so.

And finally I’ve got to use the narrow rolled hem on my overlocker and I’m sold! I really like the look and how easy and fast is to sew compared to a regular stitched hem. I think I’ll never press a hem up again in lightweight fabrics!

I definitely give the Adrift Dress a 10/10 and I might find the time to sew the skirt variation as well, but first I’ve got to try the Moana pattern and probably the Bowline Sweater too! I’m extremely happy to have found an indie company creating patterns so close to my personal style, it looks like Katie knows exactly what I like to wear! Do you too have a favorite pattern company?

Have a good weekend everyone, I’m off to enjoy the sun after all these annoying weeks of rain!

11 thoughts on “Papercut Patterns / Adrift Dress

  1. I think you’ve convinced me to make this up! I’ve got the pattern… and the bowline, Moana & the bell-sleeved dress… however this looks like an ideal dress for spring/autumn/summer in my part of the world.
    Thanks for the review!

    1. I knew you would have been on my side, go team Papercut! :) this dress is super comfy and I think it would be perfect for those warm Australian summer days, but it would look cute with a long cardi as well. Can’t wait to see yours then!

  2. Busch a lovely summery dress, I like the floatiness and the ruffle, I’ve not made a papercut pattern yet but I’m very tempted to give them a go.

    1. Thanks Lynsey! I love Papercut Patterns, simple lines with interesting details and always quite easy to make, yet with very clever construction methods!

  3. Carly the dress is so pretty! Such beautiful drape. I am waiting for my Adrift pattern to arrive in the mail, and now seeing yours makes we want it NOW!!

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