Since mid-spring I have been trying to sew using only my fabric stash. Sometimes I get a clear idea of what I want to sew just by looking at fabric, as in the case of the Dotty blouse. It took me much longer to decide what to do with this beautiful fabric, Ruby Star Spring, designed by Melody Miller.
I bought this cut ages ago - in December 2011, to be more precise - in Miss Matatabi's Etsy shop. Made from 85% of cotton and 15% of linen, Ruby Star Spring feels nice against the body and doesn't wrinkle so fast as 100% linen.
I fell in love with the print but could not decide how to use the fabric in order to showcase it, until one evening, I had an epiphany: Nani Iro sewing book! The Nani Iro book was released with the exact purpose I had in my mind for my Ruby Star Spring: to show off the fabric! therefore, as you might expect, most of the designs in the book are large and baggy. Do yo think this dress looks more like a tablecloth or a bag?
By the way, you can read the full review of this book on japanesesewingbooks.com.
The pattern I decided on is a peasant-looking dress with a gathered front and back yokes. The yokes are sewn to the right side of the garment exposing the raw edges.
I sewed a size L and added 30 cm to the skirt and 10cm to sleeves. The book suggest to line the dress but I did not. The only difficulty I experienced while sewing was with the neckline. I tried my best to be as neat as possible!
On the inside, all of the seam allowance are bound with self-fabric bias tape.