Unfortunately, Missoni is w a y out of my price range. I was willing to settle for the one-time Missoni for Target line, but guess what? The event was held during my ready-to-wear fast….. sad, indeed.
Just suppose I could buy the +$1,000 dresses as I pleased…… Something tells me the size 4 on the 6 foot model would look like a different dress on 5’2″ me…… to be young, tall, thin and rich :)
Since my return to sewing clothes 17 months ago, I realize I can have my cake and eat it too, and I just completed my first Missoni dress.
What’s even more exciting to me is the dress suits my lifestyle and my shape.
Using this simple McCall’s pattern, I took several precautions to avoid the potential disasters associated with sewing loosely knit striped fabric. Having made the pattern before (blogged here), I was familiar with the fit and cut a size smaller.
I selected my fabric from d o z e n s of Missoni knits at Mood Fabrics (write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on Missoni fabrics). The crochet knit was sheer so the bodice of the dress was underlined with this cream silk knit from Mood Fabrics.
I cut fashion fabric and underlining together which I immediately basted together on the cutting table.
Rather than cutting the pieces on the fold I opened the fabric to a single layer, cutting one side of the pattern, flipping the pattern piece over and cutting the other side. By doing this I was able to make sure the stripes were perfectly straight – my biggest fear.
You can imagine my relief to see the matching stripes.
Well, now I’m ready to make another one -
m y s t y l e , m y p r i c e a n d m y w a y !