Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Another Nani Iro Dress

Yep.  It's another one.  This one though, is hands down my favorite fabric ever.  It's double gauze, it's floral, it's purple with lots of pink in the print.  It's perfect.

In fact, I adore this fabric so much that I'm trying my best to get 20 yards of it in a new colorway this year to make bedroom curtains.  Crossing my fingers that this doesn't fall through because I have a VISION.  I love all the windows and light in my house.  But damn.  It makes window treatments expensive.
So this dress.  It's another one that I made last year and am just now blogging.  I returned to a tried and true pattern for this one, Simplicity 1873.  I think this was version 5, and I've made several more since then.  I keep going back to it because I had the bodice fitting so well and it's a simple vehicle for a good print.  My latest two versions I ended up taking in pretty significantly at the waist (whoo hoo Weight Watchers!) so I may need to re-muslin at this point.
After about a year, I can tell you that this is a well worn, well loved dress.  I wanted an easy breezy summer dress, so I skipped the bodice lining.  I bound the neck and armholes with self bias strips, which is a bit more casual than the lined bodice in the pattern.  I like top stitching so it works out.
I just adore the skirt on this pattern.  It has 5 panels and many pleats, but it's manages to be full without being unflattering.  I actually made a skirt using the pattern pieces (just with a straight waistband) last week and it turned out beautifully as well.  The shape is much more flattering than a gathered rectangle or box pleated skirt.

I love this dress and it's probably in my top 3 most loved items of clothing.  Actually, when I did the KonMari method on my closet a couple of months ago, this was one of the items that I immediately thought of when I was trying to identify what sparks joy.  And it truly, truly does.

Project:  Floral gauze dress
Pattern:  Simplicity 1873
Fabric:  Nani Iro double gauze

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