Katy & Laney may have lay dormant for the past six months, but rest assured our machines haven’t. This striped dress is one of the first projects I finished after moving to Brooklyn last February. If you’ve bumped into me in the real world chances are you’ve already seen this outfit because I wear it almost weekly. Actually it’s the outfit I wore to my first day at Parsons.
I can’t remember why I choose to sew a sleeveless dress during the snowiest winter I’ve spent on the east coast. Could it have been some form of coping mechanism? A rather bizarre choice, but summer Katy is thankful. What I do remember was being inspired by this rayon challis to create a pattern with seaming that would feature the stripes in an interesting way. What began as a rather simple yoke was split into four pieces to create even more seams and additional opportunity to play with stripe placement.
Between the yokes and side seams I certainly had opportunity to hone my stripe matching. I’ll write a companion post next week to share my approach.
A second design detail on this dress is a narrow border between the yoke and main dress panels. What appears white is actually a rather sheer poly chiffon. The chiffon was a detail that didn’t go quite to plan. My original idea was to carefully place sheer panels to add a little spice to a largely modest silhouette. What I didn’t anticipate was that strips this narrow would appear opaque. Not a big deal, but there’s always a couple of surprises when you sew up a pattern for the first time. If I ever make a second dress from this pattern I might cut the chiffon strips two or three times thicker to explore that original concept.
Do your sewing projects often turn out different than you intended?