Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Fashion Zen

That's what they called a collection in the April issue of Burda Style. Nine Zen patterns for a relaxing summer. And because I'm going on holiday SOOON, I desperately need a few outfits for my early summer break. This pattern caught my eye from the very beginning and I put it on my 'To Sew' list.

Fabric: NaniIro Star Fog double knit. I bought 4.7m (used 4.5m) because of the strange width: 80cm.
Time spent: 4 hours without muslin.
Size: 38
Cost: ~ $75
Modifications to pattern. 

The instructions suggested to use lightweight jersey, but I just fell in love with Star Fog. Hence the fabric is heavier and does not require any lining. You can clearly see that that the fabric does not drape the same as on the original photo. I don't regret using heavier fabric - it creates a smarter look and I could wear it to the office!

I reinforced the neckline with silk organza. I also omitted the casing. Since the fabric is pretty heavy, the waistline would have looked bulky and not very flattering.
Instead of the casing, I attached the bodice to the skirt with two rows of elastic thread.

Smooth feel of the fabric on the body and lots of "holes" create a nice air-conditioning effect for the hot weather ;)

Using twin needle I stitch all along the armholes and the neckline

Oh, and if you are a  NaniIro fan as me, and like their knit collection but cannot find it in your local fabric store, I would recommend Miss Matatabi on Etsy. Her prices are the same as in the shops here in Japan, plus the shipping cost is a good deal!

What are you sewing for summer? 


  1. Alright, so I actually thought that the first photo was from inside the magazine. Such a gorgeous dress!
    I love Nani Iro's work! I have a treasured cut of double gauze and think this summer might be the time to use it up.
    Thanks for the inspiration regarding the elasticized waist. I've been experimenting with casing-less ways. Maybe I should try this!

  2. You should try elastic thread! I think it benefits this or similar designs: you slip in & out so easy.

  3. Wow this is a pretty amazing dress. I really like the fabric you chose. Keep up the inspiring sewing!

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