It was so lovely to have my parents in town for a proper visit. They live in Ohio and I now live in Louisiana. The trek is a tortuous 13-hour car ride or two planes and copious amounts of waiting in airports. Needless to say, it is an affair when I visit there or when they come down for a visit. A tad hectic but bunches of fun. I missed my Sunday Sevens post but I did get to sew last week. Continuing on my linen and stash busting path for June, I had to make a treat for my lovely mother while she was in town.
Lily Dress by Tessuti Fabrics
3.5 yards of Navy Blue Linen
Homemade cotton bias tape
Mettler Navy Thread
I love Tessuti patterns and fabric. I have been wanting the Pia dress but have held off since I know that I look best when I wear a garment with a defined waist. Shift dresses and loose fitting dresses make me look as if I am wearing a pillow case. While perusing the pattern shop, it dawned on me that my mom would love all of these looks. I gave into my pattern addiction and purchased the Lily linen dress pattern for her.
The Lily dress is described as a loose fitting tunic dress with pleating detail on the hem line. The most annoying thing about this pattern was putting together the 65+ page pdf print out. Gah! Construction and sewing was relatively straightforward. It only took an afternoon of on and off sewing with my mom and several tea breaks.
I deviated in several regards. I did not use the tear-away vilene for the neckline as I have no clue what it is...I used bias tape that I had made with some left over cotton to enclose the neckline. Ok, confession time: I scanned the direction with a cocky 'I got this' attitude and did not turn back. Consequently, in my haste, I had a flash of horror and fabric nightmare when placing the pockets on the side of a completed dress. I chickened out and placed the pockets in the front instead of the side. "No worries" my mother concluded. The dress now exudes a gardener vibe -- absurd since my mom does not garden.
I marked the pleating for the hem line but when my mother eyed it she told me to leave it. She would rather have a flowy dress that would be easy to iron. Plus, she reminded me, I would have to make her another (in a shade of pink or coral as per her request) with the side pocket and pleating details for more fancy occasions.
The medium is roomy and full of ease. I still envision myself in one of these types of dresses and in my fantasy, I look arty and hella good. Problem is that in real life, I am confident I would be bummed with a dress like this. I am too happy that I pleased my mom. And will gladly make her another one.
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