Sometimes a print makes a sewing project so much fun. Check out this cotton twill from Cali Fabrics – I love it!
Going through my pattern stash, I realized I haven’t made a Diane Kimono dress in 4 years (Year of the Dragon print). Designed by Texan Kay Whitt and released in 2011, it’s a delightful silhouette and a wonderful palette for mixing prints.
I checked Kay’s Serendipity Studio site, but did not find the Diane listed. I did find the paper/envelope pattern (which is what I have) at WeSewRetro. The dress is so lovely, and the pattern costs less than you might think – you might want to snatch a copy before it disappears. BTW – Kay’s choice of quilting cottons for her garments is inspirational. It’s worth a visit to her site just to enjoy her creativity.
Here’s a collage of versions I made in 2012. I think I will revisit using multiple fabrics on my next version.
- Size Small. I’m 5′ 7 1/2″ tall, 34/29.5/39 BWH.
- Fabric yardage for my Diane Kimono dresses: 4 yards at 44″ wide, 3 yards at 55″ wide.
- To take the dress to a maxi length, I added 13″ to skirt pattern pieces. For a midi length, I would need about 10″.
- Added 1.5″ to the bodice length, front and back – 1/2″ at the bustline, 1″ at the bottom edge.
- Added 1″ to the neckline, fronts and back, to raise the crossover, and redrafted the facings to fit. The original was way too low without a cami. Below, on the left, with the original neckline – on the right, with the altered neckline.
- Strangely, the pattern didn’t come with pockets. On earlier versions, I added side seam pockets and stitched them to the front skirt to prevent their waving around inside the dress. Ha! fixed that with this version, on which I added a pocket that sews into the waistline. On the left, old pocket – on the right, new pocket.
I borrowed a pocket from another pattern. In case you don’t have anything similar, here it is on a 1″ x 1″ grid, so you can draft one!
I love my grungy fish dress! Back soon with pineapples…
Bye for now – Coco