Added Sep 26, 2010
I wanted to make a dress with clean lines using this fantastic print fabric in a heavy cotton weight, and chose another pattern from my Japanese sewing book Simple Chic by Machiko Kayaki (see also Skull Blouse ).
I made a few changes to the dress. I’d already lenghtened the dress from the pattern but I still found it was too short to my liking – I really wanted it as a dress and not a tunic this time. So I added the wide hem at the bottom and left the sides open to serve as slits. I also moved the zip from the centre back to the left seam, because I wanted to keep the print intact.
I also made bias tape to finish the neckline and arms, and put a small bow on one shoulder for an extra detail. I used satin bias tape to finish the seams on the dress as the fabric was unraveling fairly fast.
The fabric is from my stash – bought earlier this year in IKEA.
I was listening to Royksopp while I made this dress… I like that it has turned out to look a bit retro. I’ll be wearing it with pale grey ankle boots or black knee high boots and opaque tights and a black cardie though the coming autumn and winter months!
Approx. 2m jeans weight cotton (less required without nap), 22cm zip, satin bias tape, I also used a 18mm bias tape maker for the neckline and armholes.
- Simple Chic by Machiko Kayaki