Stylish Dress Book 2, Dress S – My Attempt

 I decided I better act quickly to make something summery with the summery fabric I purchased in July. This Merchant & Mills Bani Indigo is extremely lightweight, more so than I realized when I bought it. I decided on Dress S from the Stylish Dress Book 2 by Yoshiko Tsukiori based on the lovely versions made by Karyn Valino of the Workroom.

Tracing out the pattern was a challenge but once I learned what to look for, it got easier. There is “S” for dress S and then is “S” for size small. I made an extra small even though my measurements called for a small. I did not want to go to all the trouble and then have the dress be see-through so I decided to line it. Underlining is what I did, with navy imperial batiste. Other than the tracing and the extra step of lining, this was fairly easy and I love the effect of the gathers over the elastic on the shoulders and sleeves. The shirring around the waist was copied from Karyn’s amazing versions. I was really proud of this when I finished!

I put on the dress and thought I looked pretty cute. Alas, I could tell I didn’t look cute by my husband’s reaction. I saw what he saw when I had a few snaps taken. Not good! I look like a grown up wearing a child’s dress. All is not lost however because I think when I remove the shirring and cut this down to a top, it might be really fun. I love, love the fabric, but maybe it would make a better tablecloth? Or curtain?

Stylish Dress Book 2 Dress S

This is my biggest challenge in garment sewing. How to choose fabrics appropriate for garments. How to make something that doesn’t scream “quilt shop.”

Not to worry, I learned a ton from this project. And I completed it start to finish even if the end result is not stupendous. I’m also not ready to give up on this pattern. Maybe if it was tighter in the bust? Maybe skip the elastic on the sleeve? If I could figure out a good modification I would go for it in the Liberty tana lawn, like Karyn’s.

If anyone has any advice on smart fabric choices for garment sewing projects, I am all ears. What might this fabric be better suited for, because I have another three yards of very similar fabric to use up!