So Jess Sew - Rebecca Page Carolina Dress

The Rebecca Page Carolina Dress! So I want to start out by saying, I absolutely love this dress. The details in the instructions are awesome, the dress came together well with no issues, and it fits like a glove. I used a floral rayon spandex for the bodice and a mint green DBP for the band and skirt. Both fabrics are from Knitpop (and the floral was in a scrap pack!).

The bodice is of course a cross over style (faux wrap). The pattern has the option for any sleeve length. The band can be gathered like in the version I made, but there is also an option for a flat band at the waist. And the skirt is an A-line shape that has options for above the knee, midi, or maxi lengths. I chose maxi length because I don't have enough long skirts for the cold weather. I decided on 3/4 length sleeves to keep warm, but not hot while inside, and the gathered band to add interest to the dress.

This pattern does not have an inseam pocket option, however I did add inseam pockets.  I actually inserted a different kind of side seam pocket which I outline in another blog post HERE. The new pockets are super cool and attach at the top of the skirt as well as the sides to keep the pocket supported. It is also easier, in my opinion, to sew into the skirt.

I really like how in the instructions, it has you add clear elastic to the shoulders and across the lined seam at the edge of the cross over panels. This is especially important depending on what types of fabric you choose. Since I used rayon spandex, this really helps the dress front stay put. I made a cross over top a while back that I really like, but I do have to fight with the front to keep it from showing too much. I will say, the way the instructions have you sew in the front pieces, makes this a very modest dress. If you wanted the V to be a bit lower, it would be easy to adjust the bodice by overlapping the pieces less.

You might notice from the pictures that there is a seam down the center back of the skirt. That's not actually written into the pattern, I just didn't have quite enough yardage to get the back skirt on the fold. This solution worked really well though. I had just enough fabric.

And there's my silly pose! I was able to use the new tripod I got for my birthday last month for these pictures, so it was fun to go around my yard finding different backdrops.

I plan to make another Carolina for the Summer months. It will probably end up sleeveless with the flat band and skirt to above the knee since sleeveless dresses tend to be my favorite outfits for the Summer.

You can find the pattern on the Rebecca Page website HERE. Hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know if you have any questions or comments below!

Happy Sewing!

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