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The Rushcutter, a versatile dress

Posted by Maaike van Besien on

This blog post is long overdue, but I'll blame the time, it is flying. 
A few months ago, when the weather was hot, I saw this photo (below) on Instagram and instantly fell in love with this pattern: The Rushcutter designed by Emily from In The Folds.  who is also based in Sydney! (see Emily herself in this picture)

Emily from Inthefolds

The Rushcutter dress in Soft Cactus Fabric - MaaiDesign blog
This design ticks quite a few boxes for me. It has raglan sleeves for starters, easy to sew and they just look cool. That little piece between the raglan seams gives you quite a few opportunities, you can play around with the direction of the fabric print or do some colour blocking. Overall this dress just looked very comfortable and it has pockets! I had to have a Rushcutter dress for myself.


The Rushcutter dress in Soft Cactus Fabric - MaaiDesign blog
I chose a woven fabric from Soft Cactus, the Indian Fever Blue. The lines in the print were perfect to use in the raglan parts. Blue is a colour that suits me well, hence it is becoming a bit dominant in my wardrobe. I made a size C based on my bust measurement, and since it is a wide dress, I did not bother adjusting the hip area to what should normally be a size D. My instinct was right, the dress fits perfectly. 
I used contrasting orange buttons on the back closure.
The dress was pretty easy to sew, thanks to very detailed instructions (nice photos Emily ;).
At first I though the shape of the sleeve pieces looked very odd but it all came together beautifully. Emily is obviously a pretty talented pattern designer! 
I learned that when sewing around curves I should avoid trying to pull the fabric straight, and just following the curve instead, this avoids puckering.
Emily hosted a sew-along and this resulted in a large number of in-depth tutorials on how to sew this dress. You can find them here.
I used french seams throughout the whole dress making the finish look inside extra neat.


I made the waistband as well, given me the option to either wear it with or without, whatever I feel like on the day. This is clearly a summer version which I have already worn many times. Now with the cooler weather ahead I am planning a winter one.
The Rushcutter dress in Soft Cactus Fabric - MaaiDesign blog
Congratulations Emily on your first sewing pattern. May there be many more!
And a special thank you to Nic from create.nic for being my patient photographer, and the laughs we had along the way! 

The Rushcutter dress in Soft Cactus Fabric - MaaiDesign blog


The Rushcutter dress in Soft Cactus Fabric - MaaiDesign blog


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