This was a fun project and thanks to both the book, A Year of Sewing with Nani IRO and the publisher’s videos on YouTube, I definitely grew my skills in garment construction. If you’ve sewn 1 or 2 garments and feel confident with your sewing machine, this could be a good project for you.
(Note: This is the third and final post in the Nani IRO series. Read the first two blog posts for the full dressmaking story.)
Mistakes I made:
1- Traced a few pieces of the pattern wrong and had to start over.
2- Used a dull rotary blade, which made inaccurate cuts.
3- Forgot to increase stitch-width on my sewing machine when I sewed around the edges. This resulted in wonky-shaped pockets, and ultimately reduced the volume of the pocket. (You’ll see this in the photos, but thankfully it’s hidden inside of the dress.)
Overview of the process
Part 1 – Trace and cut pattern pieces from paper. (2 hours)
Part 2 – Cut each pattern piece from fabric. (2 hours)
Part 3 – Construct the front, back, placket, necktie, bias tape sleeves, pockets, and hem. (9 hours)
Day 1 – Trace and cut pattern pieces (about 2 hours)
Day 2 – Afternoon (8 hours)
Making a placket was new for me. While making it, I watched and re-watched this section of the tutorial video more than 10 times.
Day 3 – Some more sewing (1 hour)
- Fold and iron neck-tie
- Sew neck-tie
Day 4 – Finish sewing (about 2 hours)
- Add pockets
- Sew sides of dress
- Hem the bottom of the dress.
What about the Nani IRO fabric?
If you read the last post, you’ll know I didn’t use my beloved Nani IRO fabric in this dress, and I am glad of that. I had to learn a few things first. Now that I’ve made the dress, I am not sure whether I want to make a second one.
This dress pattern would really show off the incredible designs of the Nani IRO fabric, but I am not sure whether I love this dress pattern enough to make it again.
For now, I’ve been looking at patterns from the Draper’s Daughter website for inspiration. We’ll see where the next adventure leads.