When I was first learning to sew I snagged a bunch of vintage patterns from my mom. I loved this one right away for its simplicity – it’s the perfect summer dress! I loved it even more when I realized I could make it from one metre of fabric.
The fabric is from the 2011 Nani Iro collection by designer Naomi Ito (100% cotton double gauze), purchased from the workroom. I decided to whip up the pattern in a cheaper fabric before making this one, and I’m really glad I did because I did need to make a few sizing modifications and was happy not to waste any of this pretty fabric.
This was my first time sewing in an elastic waistband. For sizing, I measured the elastic without any stretch around my waist and subtracted two inches. Then I threaded the elastic through the casing with a safety pin and simply stitched the ends together, rather than stitching along the entire elastic. Also, I learned that when you happen to cut the bottom of your dress along the selvage you don’t need to hem it. One less step … this is my kind of sewing! Note to self: always cut hems along the selvage from now on.