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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

It's a Wrap

Here I continue my Japanese sewing trend with a wrap dress. I'm liking this one because the skirt wraps around very securely. I could possibly have gotten a slimmer fit in the bodice, maybe by taking some SBA-ish tucks along the front neckline. But I'm happy with the fit considering I did no muslin. I did alter the flat pattern with my usual shoulder adjustments.

My son asked me, "Where in the world are you going to wear this?" as if I had just appeared in a silk gown. I guess he doesn't see me in dresses very often.
I very rarely wear belts or waist ties. Here I widened the thin waist ties to about 2 inches wide. If I'm going to have something around my waist, something substantial is more comfortable than a string.
The pattern is pattern "i" from Machiko Kayaki's Sewing Talk. ISBN 4579110528. The paisley-ish pink and cream lawn is from S.R. Harris, a local shop.

The pattern calls for facings, but after much musing (and a shopping trip for white batiste) I went for full lining on the bodice and interlining on the skirt and am very glad I did. The lawn is just a little sheer and the weight of the batiste lining gives the skirt enough body so it doesn't fly around.

For finishing, I did a combination of French seams, bias bound seams, and a combination interlining/faux Hong Kong finish.

I won't detail the nifty technique here but the Slapdash Sewist did a mini photo tutorial for the combination interlining/faux Hong Kong finish.

14 comments:

  1. Lovely! Thats funny what your son said. My DH said to me as I showed him the lavender piece of fabric and said the word comfy Dress for relaxing in the evenings, he got this odd look on his face and said "you hate dresses?" LOL ...

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  2. Very pretty! My husband asks me the same thing when I sew a dress or a skirt. I usually have some fantasy about wearing them all the time, but I'm still working on making that fantasy a reality :)

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  3. Very pretty. It looks very comfortable while being pulled together

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  4. Those soft colours are so lovely on you - and the finish looks really nicely made. I hope you get lots of wear out of it!

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  5. This is LOVELY! You can wear it every day, of course. It really looks great.

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  6. This looks beautiful, I love the pattern and the colour. Gotta love it when the kids start weighing in with fashion critique, eh? I've read of that mock HK finish/bound seam technique several times. I must admit I find it a bit mind boggling... I get the theory, it just seems like it would require a degree of precision far beyond me. Kudos to you! :)

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  7. You look lovely in that dress...time to start wearing dresses every day! Great style on you.

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  8. You look fantastic in this dress. The delicate colors and print are just so pretty on you. And I can just imagine how comfortable it is in cotton lawn. Heaven! The fit looks superb.

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  9. A pretty dress on you and looks just so comfy. With the fabrics and the finishing, this seems like its going to get plenty of wearing. Lovely job!

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  10. Looks great! I agree with you on the ties, I am not comfortable in the thin strings (no matter how fashionable)! I also like what you did with the lining. Nice, simple design that you could wear anywhere (and I hope you do)...

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  11. Gorgeous dress! I love the print and the fit is fantastic. Your son's comment is hilarious.

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  12. Oh goodie, someone else who's working their way through 'Sewing Talk' and other Japanese sewing books. Your wrap dress is lovely and fits you beautifully. I made it recently in blue linen but have only worn it once so far, the weather's turned bad again! Looking forward to seeing what you make next.

    Kate

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  13. This dress is beautiful. I love how it turned out too!

    http://frizzy-dizzy.blogspot.com/

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