Please List Every Possession Essential for Life

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Simplicity 1878
Size 10

2 and 7/8 yards of Nani Iro Orisome Double Gauze
Gold topsitching thread
Light gray thread

Do you ever have an idea in your head for a project that won't go away? I purchased this Nani Iro fabric in Boulder over Christmas and as soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted a loose flowy dress in the style of Stylish Dress Book. Unfortunately, I do not own this pattern book...nor did I want to purchase a new pattern book (I am trying to be more sustainable and sew my stash with the patterns I have...I am at heart an eco-hippy kind of gal). I was bummed and stashed this fabric.  But that nagging idea would not dissipate.
Determined. I was determined.  I ended up choosing to use Simplicity 1878 which is an out-of-print Lisette pattern for Simplicity called the Diplomat dress.  My measurements have me falling into the size 8 range but I decided to throw the directions out and try to make my vision come true.
I ended up sizing up the pattern --  I mean the pattern listed 3 inches of ease for each size!! I figured that if I sized up I could ditch the zipper in the back.  I also cut the back piece on the fold to feature the fabric.  The Nani Iro Orisome fabric is a border print.  I used the border to create the center of the bodice and skirt pieces.  Finally, I ended up adding ties to provide some waist definition.
In truth, it didn't turn out exactly like I wanted it to....but....I am pleased at the result.  The fabric is nirvana -- it is so soft and feels like you are wrapped in a soft cloud.  Dreamy.  I am pleased.
I used gold top-stitching thread to top stitch a contrast of the seams. It is subtle and melds into the fabric. I like that I can wear this as a summer dress with sandals or with heels as a statement piece.
Again, the fabric!?! Je t'aime.
The title of this post comes from the book I  just finished:  The Girl Before by J.P. Delany. One of my friends recommended it.  It was an easy read -- not quite as creepy as Girl Gone or Girl on the Train. In the book, the main character has to fill out a survey and is asked to list every possession considered essential for life...right now I would list more of the Nani Iro double gauze to make pants or dresses...basically anything that feels this dreamy needs to be on my body.  I need more double gauze and a new book.  Anybody got any book suggestions??

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