The “Hot Summers in the City” Dress
Pattern: Issey Miyake Vogue1238
Time to Complete: 9 Hours – 3 tracing & cutting pattern, 6 sewing
First worn: For Photos, but I think I will wear it to my friend’s wedding
Wear again? Yes, hot weather is finally here!
Total Price: $32.50 – Fabric was $30, Notions were $2.50
I managed to shop fabrics before I had to be out of town for 2 weeks. I started my “Mix It Up” project on Sunday, hoping to finish it in 1 day but I was beat from flying. This dress is perfect for the “Hot Summers in the City”. Somehow I managed to make even the easy patterns more complicated. I love the 2 fabrics I’d picked up for the project, it just took me forever to figure out the placement of the pieces so I could get the layout I wanted.
Here is a picture of the main fabric before I cut it. In order to figure out the placement of the pattern pieces I traced the pattern pieces on the fold and created a full flat piece and also made full duplicates of all the pieces that called for 2 to be cut.
This was a fun pattern and pretty straight forward. Every piece had stay stitching which I discovered helps the fabric holds its shape and creates a soft drape of the garment. With all the curves it took awhile to pin and baste plus I serged all the edges to keep it tidy.
I thought I would highlight how my one fabric actually had two patterns, one with flowers and secondary the horizontal fading lines.
I cut the collar and arm bands from the horizontal stripes to highlight this fact. Then on the collar I added one of the fancy stitches that ties in my second geometrical fabric.
Overall, I’m pretty excited to have this added to my wardrobe. I want to add a jacket and a fierce pair of shoes to complete the ensemble.