Well, it’s done folks. My lovely Bianca dress is all finished and oh so beautiful! I think it’s my favorite handmade item so far. Part of that has to do with this great pattern from Rae and the other part of it is due to this amazing fabric- double gauze from miss matatabi fabrics in Japan. I have seen fellow bloggers use double gauze for a while and wanted to try it, but the price tag has always deterred me. Enter one middle-of-the-night nursing session with Eliot, an awesome sale posted on IG, sleep deprivation, and I just HAD to buy some of this fabric. The next morning I had a bit of a scare wondering what I had bought in the middle of the night and put myself on restriction from etsy browsing during night-time feedings. But it was worth it when I got this lovely fabric in the mail. And really, the sale price was so good that even with shipping from Japan, this dress (not including lining) only cost me $27! Not bad for a custom-made Easter dress, I’d say.
Only problem now is that I want to buy all the double gauze! It is so heavenly to wear. Okay enough rambling about fabric purchases; on to the dress details…
Pattern: Upcoming Bianca Dress/Top from Made by Rae
- Followed directions to lower front facing 7/8″ based on my measurements (very important to check because it totally changes the fit!)
- Added 4 inches to original length (what I believe would be 2 inches to the final version of the pattern) to make it knee length.
- Added a white batiste lining: Now let me pause here for just a moment. I added a lining after the fact when I realized my double gauze was completely see-through (oops). The lining would have been fairly easy to add if I had done it while I was making the dress, but it was kind of a pain to do after the fact. I attached the skirt and bodice separately. The skirt is just a rectangle sewn down one side to make a tube, serged at the top and bottom hems, and then hand-sewn to the elastic casing. Bodice is machine-stitched at shoulder and arms seams but hand-stitched on all other seams- i.e. lots of hand stitching! It’s not the best stitching job (and that’s putting it nicely), but you can’t see it once the dress is on, and I figure this will be a hand-wash only dress so I don’t need to worry about the lining fraying or coming apart in the wash. For future reference though- check your garment for opacity before construction!
Fabric: As previously mentioned, Nano Iro double gauze from the Miss Matatabi etsy shop. (FYI I managed to squeak it out of 2 yards of fabric even with the added length)
Now that’s enough selfish sewing. I’m tired of editing pictures of myself- gets a bit awkward after a while. Plus, I have a lofty goal that all 4 of us will be in something handmade for Easter, so next week it’s KCW and clothes for the boys and then after that another Negroni shirt for the husband- fingers crossed for good naps and productive sewing!
I think I said this already on IG – but this is gorgeous!! So worth the double gauze extravagance!
Thanks! And the double gauze makes it feel so luxurious! Can’t wait to see all the other versions pop up after the pattern is released.
This is gorgeous on you. You can see from the radiance on your face how much you love it. To me, THAT is what sewing your own wardrobe is about. Making things that make you FEEL wonderful and oh so pretty, as well as looking good.
Thank you. You are too kind! And I totally agree with you. It’s so rewarding to find ways to make things fit just perfect on you!
Wow! You look fabulous in white. My fave is the 1st pic with the bike 🙂
Would you call this a beginner pattern? Im so tempted, haha
Why thank you. The bike just happened to be sitting outside so it was an impromptu photo prop but it ended up being so fun. It is a fairly simple pattern and I think it would be a great place to begin! If you want something a little more basic, Rae’s ruby top/dress is another great beginner sewing pattern.
Very nice dress, I love it! Is that your bike? Is it harder to sew with the double gauze?
It’s my husband’s cafe racer. I have never ridden a motorcycle and have no plans to anytime soon but it was fun to take pics with it. The double gauze was a little different to sew with but not difficult like a knit or anything.
Oh goodness what a perfect dress and gorgeous pictures! I so want that pattern and will be splurging sooner than later on my first double gauze. 🙂
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