A simple shift dress with just enough features to keep things interesting, Carnaby is the perfect palette for playing with pattern and colour. With separate skirt and bodice pieces, you can easily create a striking colour block effect or keep it subtle with just a pop of contrast in the pockets. This is a super wearable dress inspired by the a-line shifts of the 1960s, brought up-to-date with contemporary touches.
Carnaby comes in two variations: with or without short sleeves (View A is sleeveless; View B has sleeves). The dress is finished with neck facings and closes with an exposed zip at the centre-back, complete with simple zip guard. The instructions are comprehensive, so it doesn’t matter if you’ve never tackled an exposed zip before – you’ll enjoy it!
Fabric & Notions
Medium-weight woven fabrics such as lightweight denim, corduroy, lightweight wool, cotton sateen.
0.3m of light- to medium-weight woven fabric in a contrasting colour or design (this is optional).
1 x 8 inch exposed (non-separating) zipper; 0.6m (View A)/0.3m (View B) medium-weight fusible interfacing, 23cm x 4cm / 9 x 1.5 inch piece of grosgrain ribbon (for the zip guard).
See envelope back for fabric quantities.
This pattern is suitable for confident beginners.
About the designer
Nina Lee is an independent pattern label celebrating the mighty power of making! Based in London, Nina Lee creates sewing patterns inspired by the incredible heritage and diversity of this brilliant place.
Nina Lee patterns come in UK sizes 6–20, with in-depth, fully illustrated instructions to guide you through. They are drafted for an average height of 5’5″ and a B cup.