The dreamscape wrap dress | Adey Lim
Fabric: Nani Iro fabric by Japanese designer Naomi Ito 2 yards from stash
Pattern: Burdastyle magazine 102/12/2010
Notions: 2 huge snap buttons
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~ Approx $40
I have been drifting in and out of dreamland and it almost felt like I sewed the dress in a dream. It doesn’t take much time to complete as the dress is straight forward and can be completed very quickly but I finished it in 3 days. The flu bug and consumption of its drowsy ‘antidote’ meant I could only sew an hour a day before feeling too tired to carry on. I am still on medication and can’t wait to be energetic again.
Oh! How I L.O.V.E Nani Iro fabrics! Especially the double gauze! Gauze is a lightweight, soft, and open weave fabric that is usually quite sheer. It is perfect for Singapore’s humid climate. However, it can also be quite impractical because it is so sheer but the Japanese are genius enough to perfect double gauze fabrics which are literally two layers of gauze that are woven simultaneously. It is so comfortable and opaque enough for me to sew this dress without lining! And not to mention, Naomi Ito‘s fabric designs are exquisite, reminding me of dreamlike watercolor paintings.
This is definitely one of the oldest VIP fabrics in my stash, it didn’t come cheap so I only limited myself to 2 yards of it and have been waiting for the right dress pattern to come along. Because the fabric is so precious, I decided that I will only use a tried and tested pattern on it. My choice was burdastyle magazine’s 102/12/2010 which I have used for the Never say never dress just before participating in The Sew Weekly Challenge. While this garment is not my favorite dress in the closet, it is one of those I wore very often. Ironic, I know, but I simply enjoy wearing the dress.
In terms of design, I adore the pleats on the front and back bodice and those heavily pleated sleeves.
I didn’t add the required seam allowance to the original pattern to get this fit as I was rather doubtful when I saw the sage dress on the model. 2 yards of fabrics, 3 hours of sewing and snap buttons for closure. It’s a pretty gratifying wrap dress pattern to sew and with pleats at all the right places too. I have rather broad shoulders and big arms but the pleated sleeves totally created the illusion that well they are just pleats.
As I only had 2 yards of the fabric which wasn’t as wide as the fabric used for the first dress, I used remnant fabric from last week’sWoolloomooloo Wharf dress for the back yoke.
Now that I have officially used up all my Nani iro fabrics (I’ve only owned one other piece which was made into a tunic), I think I have good reasons to stock up on more of these fabulous double gauze!