The Valo pattern includes two variations: a midi dress with an elastic waist and large patch pockets, and a relaxed-fit top with a gathered drawstring waist. Both variations have a distinctive heart-shaped yoke with a scoop neck to front and a V-neck to reverse. The dress hip seam is reinforced with a flat-felled seam, which gives it a lovely shape, and works as a subtle little detail. The dress features elegant half-sleeves whilst the top comes with perky short sleeves. You can also make the dress with short sleeves and a drawstring waist, and the top with half sleeves and an elasticated waist.
Choose a non-stretch, medium weight fabric. You can opt for a low drape fabric, like the linen blend in our samples, or a more drapey one, depending on the desired result. We recommend choosing a contrast colour for the yoke, or using the wrong side of your fabric for contrast or cutting it cross-grain, if your fabric allows.
Materials & supplies:
Interfacing, 40 cm (½ yd)
Dress: 4 cm (1 5/8”) ribbon for cord casing, 165 cm (2 yd)
Dress: 3 cm (1 1/8”) elastic, your waist circumference
Top: 2 cm (3/4) ribbon for cord casing, 165 cm (2 yd)
Top: ribbon or cord for drawstring, your waist measurement + 70 cm (3/4 yd)
Top: cord ends, 2 pcs
Size: UK 4-28. See the photos for more information on sizing.
SKILL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE