Fabric: about 3 yards wax print cotton from vlisco.com
Notions: packaged bias tape for neckline and armhole facings and back yoke seam finish; small button for back closure
First worn: for photos
Wear again: in the summer
Time to complete: small increments over a week and a half, about 5 hours
Total cost: 40$
If you sew, chances are you already know the extraordinary Aussie seamstress, designer, and style icon, Kazz. So many times on the Sew Weekly adventure last year Kazz's projects amazed and inspired me. They push me to be more fearless in both the technical and style aspects of sewing. For instance, unbelievably to me, I'm considering sewing leather because Kazz did it. (Clio's jacket, seen all up close and personal-- I tried not to drool-- has had an influence as well.) And I'll be making Anouk shortly, a pattern that intimidated me until I saw Kazz make it up and style it twice.
an easy pattern I've made before, nice and low stress. I wanted to use my remaining wax print cotton from vlisco.com, which is right up Kazz's alley. I first used it for my peplum dress, sadly still a UFO. Have to remedy that. At first I was thinking kimono, a shape Kazz has played with, but decided I would get more wear out of this loose dress, which was a surprise hit last summer. The stiff cotton probably isn't the best match for the pattern, but I don't care. Also, you really need 60" wide fabric to cut the back piece. The wax print is 45" and the bottom of each side seam has a chunk missing. I solved this by leaving the side seams open the last couple inches and turning in and hemming the edges separately. It looks totally fine that way.
Check out the fresh new wall color: Yellow Finch by Benjamin Moore (in the "self-priming" Aura paint, fantastic stuff). I love how it's brightened up our long, narrow hallway. And make sure to check out Loran's Kazz-inspired look later this month at http://loransworld.com/.