The “Ikat Truffle” Dress
Fabric: under 3 yards ikat print rayon challis from ?,1/2 yard white muslin for bodice lining
Pattern: Colette Truffle from The Colette Sewing Handbook
Notions: invisible zip
Time to complete: Lost count. A week.
First worn: 6/24
Wear again: sure
Total cost: about $36
I don’t pay much attention to trends. I’ve always been hopelessly out-of-step with popular culture. I am, however, influenced and inspired by what I see other people wearing around me, and the streets of New York are always stylish if not necessarily trendy. I’ve been seeing a lot of ikat and ankara type prints around. I suspected they might already be over, so I was relieved “bold ethnic prints” made Mena’s trend list last week. Ever since this rayon challis fabric arrived, I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with it. I ordered it for a specific project, but, as happens with most of my online fabric purchases, that match didn’t work out as planned. Lately I’d been leaning toward a maxi dress, thinking I would extend the Truffle skirt to the floor. But the contrast of the colors– not so much the print itself– made the print look too overwhelming head-to-toe. Luckily, both maxis and minis seem to be on trend. I guess. I thought midi-skirts were on trend too? Anyways, the Truffle length is mini enough for me.
Colette patterns are a major undertaking for me since I’m not the body type Sarai Mitnick designs for and the styles are usually quite fitted. I did an SBA on the flat pattern and two muslins later I was satisfied. On the other hand, I was filled with regret about my Apple sundress from last week. I kind of ignored some major bagginess in the bodice that I figured out how to fix in the Truffle muslin. It’s possible to fix the Apple dress, but I don’t know if I have it in me to unpick the lovely lining and get cracking.
This Truffle is looser and flowier through the waist and a lot easier to wear than I imagined, even if I do have to wear a slip under the thin rayon challis. The bodice, lined with white cotton muslin, has just the right amount of structure. I even like the print better now that it’s made up as a dress. She debuted at a mermaid-themed kid’s birthday party, where she received due attention from the birthday girl’s talented mom and a couple of her sewing and knitting friends. Before the party we managed to get a few photos without my daughter waving her mermaid wand (?) and posing in front of my dress.