I fell instantly in love with this yellow Nani Iro double gauze print when I opened my order, despite only purchasing one yard of it and three yards of the same print in pink, which I was going to make this dress out of. After some thinking and measuring, I decided to cut the bodice of the dress from the precious one yard, and order some yellow double gauze for the skirt. My plan worked out well, except that the yellow colour was not what I envisioned, and some creative bleaching/dying took place in my bathtub to achieve the right colour. You know, despite the fact that I had never done anything like this before and the dress still smells a little like bleach after a washing, I think it turned out wonderfully! I’m not sure I would voluntarily go through all that work again, but these things are bound to happen when you order online without a swatch.
The only pattern modifications I made were to shorten the bodice by about one inch so that the belt hit right at the smallest part of my waist, and shorten the skirt by about two inches. I mock overlocked the hem edge and slip stitched it by hand. The bodice is lined with a cotton/poly batiste from the super handy quilt store in town, and the skirt left unlined. It’s a little see-through but totally fine as long as one wears the appropriate undergarments. I love how cool and breezy the dress is, and wouldn’t want to line the skirt and sacrifice this. I think, possibly, the straps could be shortened by about a half inch, but I will wait until after I wash it again, and maybe this alone will solve the problem.
I am a sucker for details like piping, and I will say that the pockets have come in handy once or twice. I would definitely make this dress again in double gauze or another drapey fabric choice. You have to be able to live with the rumpled nature of the double gauze, and I am.
These pictures were taken while on an ice cream break from our family reunion, so they were both impromptu and imperfect… Isn’t that reality though? My sister took the pictures and made the comment that, perhaps, we should have gone for ice cream after the photo shoot. No. Ice cream always comes first people.