Dressing for the heat of summer and expecting to stay professional and wilt-free is easy with just one piece! A summer dress is just one thing to toss on in the morning, slip on some sandals, grab your sunglasses and head out the door. For most of us, summer's stifling heat doesn't give us a break - we still have to look great. Here are our favorites from the Christine Jonson Patterns collection.
Sleeveless Wrap Dress
The Wrap Dress is the quintessential dress. It looks amazing on EVERY body, it is cool and the double-layered bodice is both easy to sew, no complicated topstitching the wrapped front edges, and it's practical, for a no-show look.
The Wrap Dress features long skinny ties that wrap several times around you. This is a fun detail that is both practical and useful - the ties on wrap dresses invariably scrunch and bunch, but these thinner straps never do. You can even color block the dress, making the skirt portion a different color or print from the bodice.
The classic A-line dress got an update with our knee-length cap sleeved dress that is available as an instant-gratification downloadable pattern. The fun inset panel on the diagonal adds some spark to a simple dress that will stand away from your body during summer's high heat.
A classic fit-and-flare dress with princess seams down it's length, with cap sleeves, the Princess Dress has a double layered front that makes sewing the asymmetrical neckline a breeze. You'll love the swirl of this skirt and how it feels just like your favorite tee, only so much more fun.
The Three Tees Pattern comes as a classic cut-on cap sleeve dress for summer. This is your classic tee shirt dress, with a gently shaped sideseam and a scoop neck. Our favorite version is made with a shirt-tail hem in classic stripes or a crochet knit lined in a very light weight mesh knit. This couldn't be a more simple dress to sew - or wear - with just two pattern pieces!
Dresses need little fanfare - a pair of great sandals, your favorite shades, and a big canvas bag and you're good to go for a day of shopping, or a casual brunch with friends, or even a work meeting or two.