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Welcome to our Favorite Indie Patterns series, curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways. Check back each day in July for lots of inspiration to update your clothing options with items that reflect your style and fit your body!

Name: Flora Dress

Brand: By Hand London

Description: Fundamentally feminine and universally flattering with her cinched waist and voluminous pleated straight or dipped hem circle skirt, Flora is the definitive party dress. Choose from two entirely different bodice variations: a classic sleeveless faux-wrap style or the more demure tank bodice, with her high square neckline and simple shoulder straps.

Format: Just print (for now!)

Skill Level: Beginner, and the sew along makes it even more accessible.

Techniques Involved: Basic sewing skills such as darts, seams, pleats (both knife and box), invisible zipper insertion, seam stabilising, lining your bodice and hand sewing.

Sizes: US 2-16 and UK 6-20

Recommended Fabrics: The world of fabrics is your oyster with the Flora Dress! Pretty much all wovens will work a treat (and even some stable knits such as ponte and double knit), especially: cotton lawn and quilting cottons, cotton voile, cotton poplin, cotton twill, seersucker, upholstery cottons, cotton silk, brocade, jacquard, taffeta, dupion silk, silk satin, silk crepe, silk habotai, wool crepe, wool tweed, eyelet lace, embroidered tulle, rayon, etc.

Price: £14 including VAT (UK Value Added Tax)

Customer Examples:

Marie from A Stitching Odyssey

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