Update! All patterns are now available in our Etsy shop.
After eight months of behind the scenes work designing, testing, re-designing, re-testing, grading, illustrating, writing, re-re-testing and sample sewing, we are very, very proud to announce that Snapdragon Studios’ first collection is almost here! We will be releasing PDF patterns in the next couple of weeks, with print patterns to follow in June.
We’ve kept the collection under pretty tight wraps so far, so we’ve decided to introduce the collection over the next week as a series of sneak peeks. First up: the Summer Jazz Dress!
We designed this dress with long summer days in mind. It is fitted with elastic at the bust, so it has a pretty little fan gather and nips in at the empire waist while still being super comfy. The Summer Jazz Dress has pockets because every dress should have pockets. Right??
We’ve included instructions for making the Summer Jazz as a top and as a maxi in both knit and woven fabrics.
We named the Summer Jazz with warm nights and concerts on the green in mind, but so far I’ve worn it as a breezy about-town shirt in cotton lawn, an Easter dress (the Amy Butler maxi modeled by my sister above) and a bridesmaid dress in deep purple shantung and it worked like a charm for every occasion. Even better: although the design looks gorgeous on my petite friends, it also accomodates my not-so-petite baby bump. If you’re attending Quilt Market you’ll see me sporting the Summer Jazz pretty much every day in one form or another. Tutorial coming soon for making it into a maternity tunic! 🙂
Taco Dan’s let us try their chorizo tacos while we were there. We were forced to break the classic “no eating in costume” rule. Here’s Ellenor trying one out.
My cousin Kelly was our very first model. This picture was taken at the end of the day, after she’d already frozen half to death on a cold, rainy porch and been asked to walk down a street in the pouring rain under a holey, vintage umbrella. Oh, and this was two weeks before her wedding. Good sport doesn’t even begin to cover it.
So there you have it. Snapdragon Studios’ Summer Jazz Dress: good for all the occasions in your life from flower-shopping, band rehearsal, and taco-eating to velociraptor attacks.
*Many, many thanks to the incomparable Amy Schweizer for the beautiful photos, and to our friends Esther, Ellenor, Erin and Kelly for modelling for us on what the weatherman called “the ugliest day of the year.” Thanks also to Wilson’s Garden Center and Footloose Vintage/ Taco Dan’s for allowing us to shoot at their locations and to Meredith Needham for opening her home to us and allowing us to use her beautiful piano in our photos.