An outfit : the dress

An outfit :  the dress


For the second time in my sewing history (for the first time see here) I planned and executed an outfit. The execution is the key here as I plan lots of things that never come to fruition!  Please tell me I’m not the only one?


For this post I’m focusing on the dress.  A post about the jacket follows.


The fabric, a twill-like cotton, has been a long time stash resident.  The colours are probably a little muted for my current personal taste and style, but this is one of these pieces of fabric that I just couldn’t part with.  It wasn’t expensive… I purchased it from the remnant basket at Clear It… but there was just something about it.  I find that it sometimes it takes a while for pattern and fabric combinations to reveal themselves.  I’m glad I didn’t give up on this fabric as it is perfect for a 3/4 sleeved smock-style dress that can be layered in the cooler months.


My Japanese pattern of choice for this dress is Pattern E ‘Blue Embroidery’ from Simple Style Dress by Machiko Kayaki.


The pattern is designed for border prints (it’s the dress on the right side of the back cover), but I think that it works equally as well without.


This book includes three sizes… size 9, 11 and 13.  I sewed the middle size and it fits well.  I did add two inches to the neck binding pattern piece as I was worried it wouldn’t go over my head.  The truth of the matter is that I should have left it as is, as the neckline is roomer than it needs to be.  You win some, you loose some!


My one complaint with this book is that the finished garments are photographed on coat hangers and/or dress forms.  With this sort of ‘modelling’ I find it hard to gauge sleeve and hem lengths.  The sleeve length on this dress was just what I was hoping for, but I must admit I got a bit of a fright when trying on the unhemmed dress.  It was much shorter that I expected.  I therefore overlocked the bottom edge and then turned up the hem just enough to hide the overlocking and machine stitched it in place.


Pattern:  Pattern E ‘Blue Embroidery’ from Simple Style Dress by Machiko Kayakih (Japanese language only)
Cotton from Clear It (Alanah Hill Outlet)
Alterations:  I unnecessarily added two inches to the neck binding
Accessories:  Sophie Digard scarf from Scarlet Jones & boots from Florsheim


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