HP 1178 Weekender Chameleon Dress

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Every girl needs an easy-to-wear, throw-on-&-go

dress...so make this one! Designed for firm
but fluid wovens like chambray or washed
linen, this 365-day style is also perfect in more
drape-y fabrics like a stable double or single
jersey, heavy crepe, crinkle cotton or rayon.

Semi-fitted, unlined dress has bust darts, a
‘V’ neckline and a curved, raised waist seam.
Shoulders are slightly dropped; 3/4 length
dolman sleeves have a back seam and slit.

Skirt is an ‘A’ line with a Hi-Lo faced hem and
side-seam pockets. Dress closes with a center
back invisible zipper; top stitching adds a crisp
finish. Raglan shoulder pads are optional.

 This gorgeously slouchy and effortlessly cool
dress works beautifully in a range of year-round
fabrics...we predict that you’ll run out of days to
wear it
before you run out of ways
to wear it.

Dress this one up or dress it down,

all you’ll need to add are some fabulous
footwear, your favorite bag, shades, scarf &
bijoux, then you’re dressed & out of that door...

Shopping List

Sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16 will need around 3 yards or 275cm fabric;
18-20-22-24-26 will need around 3 & 3/4 yards or 345cm fabric.
You’ll also need 1/2 yard or 45cm fusible interfacing, about 1/4 yard
or 23cm of lining or similar for the pockets, plus 1 x 24” or 60cm invisible zipper
 A pair of small (less than ½”1.25cm deep) raglan shoulder pads are optional.
All fabric amounts are for 60" or 150cm wide fabric.
5 Reviews
  • 4
    Nice details, lots of top stitching!

    Published by Alicia on 4th Feb 2018

    I love this dress in the drawing... in reality, the high/low hem looks a bit silly on me. I'm very busty so perhaps that exaggerates the hem. Also the bust darts are too high for my shape so I had to make adjustments. Otherwise, it is a good fitting dress! The sleeves are comfy, the neckline is good, the waistline is very flattering. I do love all the top-stitching, I even added extra rows on the neckline and sleeves. The construction is different than I expected so I just did it the way I'm used too and it worked out okay. The deep hem facing is a great touch too.

  • 5
    Shapely but not revealing

    Published by Elizabeth on 5th Apr 2015

    The overall look of the finished dress is pretty without trying too hard or looking girlish. The front waistline seam curves gently upward, creating a flattering and slimming effect.

    Love the way the 3/4 length sleeve is gracefully hemmed with a slit. Good instructions on this--easy to do and looks professional.

    Probably next time I'll use something more drapey, like a heavy crepe. This time (after making a muslin!) I used a soft medium weight washed twill, which is OK but this dress seems to invite a little more luxury.

    Thanks Trudy!

  • 5
    A Cool Dress

    Published by trish on 3rd Feb 2015

    I am still working on L'Odeon. Your multisized format is a challenge for me. I do use a ducttaped figure of self for fitting. I like your designs, but am slow to make. anything for myself.

  • 5
    Clever dress - Claire McC for 21st century

    Published by Karen Keith on 19th Jan 2015

    I'm an inveterate pattern hacker, ad what first grabbed me was the raised but-not-empire waistline with graceful A-line skirt. I still have hacking plans, but making the muslin for this made me see it as wearable-today Claire McCardle '50s. Not enamored of current revival look - but this dress has the neckline & dropped shoulder seam and flared skirt, in very good proportions. So I made this dress as-is - using a lighter weight denim, as the sketch shows, and some Levi-orangey top-stitching, makes it much more a day dress. I confess, I evened out the hemline - not an innovation I've adopted. The fit is great - the sleeve is fuller, as a dolman sleeve would be, but much easier to adjust. Flared skirt is much more flattering than a gathered or even pleated one, as the waist seam adds figure definition without being tight. Wearing turtleneck & tights adds a little Beat flourish - McCardles's designs lean that way.
    Next, I'm on to my hack! But this one's great as-is.

  • 5
    Spot On Chameleon Dress

    Published by Donna Makowski on 19th Jan 2015

    As always, Trudi has delivered yet another excellent design. Love, love, LOVE her fashions. I get compliments galore when wearing clothes using her designs.

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