I knew I was onto a good thing with the Mission Maxi Dress pattern after I wore the ‘test run’ for three days straight. A bit feral now I think about it. But it’s just a great pattern, especially for lazy girls at heart! For minimal time and effort you get a super flattering, easy wearing summer maxi dress. This version using view C with godet, really grabbed my attention and I assumed my geometric print would make a spectacular godet version. However, in my case, the print had so much happening already that the godet doesn’t really stand out. It’s seems more visually effective to use a plain fabric, like stripes, and get creative with changing the direction of the fabric.
Australian fashion label Tigerlily are pretty much as ‘Aussie’ as backyard bbq’s. They make beautiful, slightly exy swim-wear and clothing that I used to pine for seasonally, in my pre-diy era. I am blown away that a new fabric store in town (The Fabric Store) are stocking the exact Tigerlily fabrics from their collections…by the yard! This seems kind of unusual, but complain I did not. Grab the bolt, race to the counter, shoulder checking along the way, I did. I recognized this geometric polyester knit from a dress in their collection a few summers ago. A dress that I wanted bad enough to cut and paste it into a word document…these were the days before Pinterest.
So I may have mentioned in a recent Kniterviews, something to the tune of ‘I don’t change much at all when sewing with knits laa laa di da’. Which is all well and dandy until I tried to sew this really stretchy fabric with a regular straight stitch. No surprises, it puckered like a you know what! Usually I avoid my machine’s stretch stitch function ( uneven stitches?) but in this case it was ten times better than straight stitch. I tried so hard to line up the print but it was ta-ricky. I’m declaring polyester knit as the eel of stretch fabrics, and after much wrestling I still couldn’t get it to match at the center back and side seams. Lucky its a busy print and hides it well. So don’t look too close you lot!
Now I have my own, friendlier on the budget, Tigerlily dress!