Though it has a button front, the Adult Fable Dress is designed to slip on over the head. We love the look of the button front, and it is entirely functional for breastfeeding, but the dress can be made with no fasteners at all.
Here, we describe how to modify the Adult Fable Dress pattern to remove the button front, and create a cut-on-fold front piece. This option is particularly useful if you find buttonholes tend gape over the bust, or if you'd like to avoid using fasteners.
Note that this method is only recommended for the adult pattern - the children's version requires a button front in order to accommodate a child's proportionally larger head size.
- Front Centre Bodice pattern piece
- Front Facing pattern piece
- Pen or pencil
Adjust the Pattern
1. Draw a line through the middle of the button placement markers on the Front Centre Bodice pattern piece.
2. Trim this strip off.
3. Place the strip just trimmed off onto the Front Facing pattern piece, lining up edges.
4. Use the strip as a guide to draw a line on the Front Facing pattern piece.
5. Draw a line continuing the curve of the facing, until it meets the line you just drew.
6. Cut out the new Front Facing piece along the new lines, as below:
7. Add "cut on fold" symbols to the two inside edges as illustrated in the photo below:
Cut pieces from fabric, using new Front Centre Bodice, and Front Facing pieces, ensuring that both are cut on the fold. Follow the pattern instructions for the Faced version of the Fable, omitting the front opening.
Here are some lovely examples of simple front Fable Dresses made by our tester team. We think this option offers a simple, clean look, with plenty of interesting possibilities for playing with contrasting colours and textures, or perhaps some special hand-embroidered details.
Enjoy sewing and wearing your new simple front Fable Dress. We look forward to seeing all the creative ways that you interpret the pattern!
Read more about the Fable Dress here:
- Introducing the Fable Dress
- How to do a Broad Shoulder Adjustment for the Fable Dress
- How to Make Maxi Length Fable Dress
- How to do a FBA or SBA for the Fable Dress
- How to Add Ruffles to the Fable Dress
- How to Sew a Patch Pocket
- How to Add Piping to a Princess Seam
~ Lovely images by Vero Et, Karthika Selvaraju, Eliza Jackson, Katelyn Lambson, and Samantha Cooley ~