This is a relatively recent pattern from The Makers Atelier, it uses elastic in channels to form deep gathers that create asymmetric draping. I bought the elastic from the web site with the pattern as it needs a soft elastic that won’t fold easily. The fabric is cupro bought on-line from Rainbow Fabrics, an amazing bargain at £5 a metre 😺
The neck facing is sewn down on one side to form the elastic channel, and separate pieces are neatened and then sewn to the back and side of the dress. The sleeves simply turn up and are stitched over the elastic after it is joined at the correct size to fit comfortably over the arm.
I used two rows of stitching to attach the casings to the back and sides to hold the fabric flat, and to prevent the fabric pulling as it gathered. The neck and sleeves have a single row.
I turned up the hem approx 1.5cm as I wanted the dress to fall at my calf, I’m 5’4” so this was the length of the dress without any alterations.
Francis Tobin has posted some ideas for developing the pattern by using ribbon to make the gathers which are on the Makers Atelier site. I’m sure I will make another version of this pattern as it’s an easy make that creates a really unusual garment 😺✂️✂️