Skip to main content

Made By A Fabricista: Red Ikat Dress

Hello, everyone! I am back! Today I want to share my latest project that I am super excited about! I have so much that I want to share! Are y'all ready? 

This dress was love at first sight, again! The Sofia Dress! I have wanted to own a garment with shirring for a while. When I saw the Sofia Dress, I had to have it. It's not just because of the shirring but also because it has a lovely square neckline and beautiful puff sleeves. Even the sleeves have shirring! I was sold! Because of these lovely details, I thought that this would be a big project for me to jump right in (at least in my head at the time, Lol), so I decided to take baby steps. 


First, I wanted to be familiar with shirring, so I made two tops, #M7901 and Mimi woven top from Style Arc. Please refer to my blog or IG for more details and pictures. I think they came out nicely. Because of these tops, I became very comfortable making shirring. And then I made a Sofia top with a wearable muslin.

The Sofia Dress has sleeve options, and I like them all! I like patterns that have options that allow me to wear the item for multiple seasons, wouldn't you? I think it's very well thought out. I found a YouTube tutorial by Kristiann, the designer of the pattern. I was so impressed with her tutorial. From my perspective, there wasn't anything she didn't tell us on how to work with shirring. I really enjoyed watching her complete guide on YouTube. 



Now, I want to talk about the fabric. Normally, I know exactly what type of fabric I want to use for a project. But this time, it took a while to find the fabric that I wanted. Now that I think about it, my heart was set for a certain type of fabric and color. 


But just wait, Fabric Mart keeps having a variety of fabric selections! This fabric, Rayon Crinkle Challis is gorgeous! It drapes beautifully. I love how it flows when I move. It moves with my body!

By the way, have you ever tried their matching thread?

As I was making shirring, I was saying, "Wow! Look at this color of thread! It's the perfect match!" The button for "Add Matching thread" on your cart appears after putting the fabric in your cart. I hope you will give it a try! 


While I was searching for the fabric, I decided to play with my new skill that I learned that I am super excited about! This was inspired by Tipstitched a while ago, but I could not figure it out at the time. But I do now with my own twist! I used some of the fabric from Fabric Mart and created inspiration images with the line drawings of the Sofia Pattern in Adobe Illustrator. What do you think?


The scale of the fabric is not accurate, but for me, this is way better than trying to figure it out in my head. I am a visual person. I can understand things better if I see them.

Oh, by the way, I have a question for those of you who have sewn crinkle fabric. I noticed this fabric grew after I cut it. How do I prevent that next time? I have read that fuse interfacing to the horizontal seams before doing anything else AFTER I made the dress, LOL.Would you please share if anyone has tried this method? The area that I saw it grow was on the sleeves and seams on the skirt. I left the sleeves as is, but they have three shirring rows. For me, it's not noticeable. For the skirt, I let it hang on my dress form overnight and trimmed it after I measured with a chalk hem marker. 

This pattern is made for the height 5' 7", so I needed to shorten 6" since I am 5' 1". My usual adjustment I do for most of patterns is to shorten 1" from the bodice, another 1" from the sleeves, and then shorten it to my liking. However, when I made the wearable muslin, it came out too short for me. So, I added 1" back in for this dress. For the skirt, I shorten it 2" in three areas. One is at 1/4 length, another one is 1/2 length, and the last one is 3/4 length from the waist. I let my skirt hang on the dress form overnight and took 1" from the hem and also where the fabric grew. 


I love this dress! I bought more patterns that have shirring during the Fourth of July sale. I can't wait to sew them.

Y'all have a great weekend!

Happy Sewing!

MEG  @meggisews


Unfortunately Fabric Mart Fabrics sell out quickly!
You can find similar fabrics by shopping the following category: CHALLIS.

Comments

  1. Rayon stretches if you use steam while pressing! It's hard to resist, but try to always press it dry (and use the correct heat)

    ReplyDelete
  2. This creation is absolutely perfect on you. The pattern, fabric, color, style, the hat…well done! You are obviously pleased with it because you are beaming!

    ReplyDelete
  3. What a fabulous dress! Your matching of the material at the seams is perfect! The color is beautiful and perfect for summer months. I'll be checking back for other sewing projects.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment! All comments are reviewed before posting to help us eliminate spam. Your comment will be posted within 24 hours.

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made By A Fabricista: Summer Sewing is in Full Effect

Hi Guys! Today I’m coming to you with this easy, breeze caftan from Simplicity Patterns because summer sewing is in full effect! While looking through my pattern stash, I came across McCall’s 8413. This pattern is described as McCall’s Sewing Pattern Misses’ Caftan In Two Lengths.  This is an Easy to Sew caftan in two lengths has ruched front with drawstring that ties at the bottom, V-shaped neckline, dolman sleeves and narrow hem. View C caftan has contrast on the left side. OK, let’s get into it because I have a few things to share and say about this pattern. When I first saw this pattern, I purchased it because I loved the ruching in the front. I think that ruching can hide just about any “imperfection” you might think you have. Now, I must mention that this is one of the few caftan patterns I’ve ever purchased because I’m petite and feel like I get lost in all that fabric.  Well, I didn’t even realize this was a caftan pattern until I read the pattern description while writing this

Made By A Fabricista: Embracing the linen wrinkles!

Hello wonderful sewists! Today I have a project that I have been meaning to sew for a while, but you know how it goes. Too many ideas, throw in some analysis paralysis, so many, many gorgeous fabrics to wear, and then, bam! Eons have passed. I’m working on sewing the plans that have been in my head the longest, which brings us to this dashing summer frock.  This is the Style Arc Esther Woven Dress. The style is intended for lighter wovens and the design is ripe for color blocking with the included center front and back seams. You could make right and left sides match; go full checkerboard with opposing rear right and left front; or just use four prints and go wild! I’m sticking with the most basic of blocking and splitting the dress down the center.  Importantly, I got matching threads for each linen color for all the topstitching. Matchy matchy is the name of the game in my book. I added bonus bartacks to keep the side seam pockets forward facing.  Medium Sky Blue and Light Steel Blue

Made by a Fabricista: Sewing a Maxi Dress: More Time, More Space, More Reward

My latest posts often mention time and space restraints. Indeed, sewing is a rather time-consuming activity that requires generous amounts of floor space, counter space, tablespace, and any other surface available. Despite everything, I was so glad to finally embark on a journey to sew myself a maxi dress. I know most readers have a strong sewing background and appreciate the effort required in a project like this. Still, I had fun keeping a mental score of all the steps to get this done, and what they mean outside of a sewist’s bubble. It is easy to underestimate the time and material needed to get a maxi dress like this done! Whenever I see someone wearing one on the street, I think: “That’s so beautiful, I should make one!” So, when this fabulous rayon showed up in Fabric Mart, I knew the moment had come. I chose the Elodie Wrap Dress by Closet Core Patterns because of its flowy and voluminous look and the dolman sleeves that are so comfortable to wear. The fabric itself is wonder