Sunday, 24 August 2014

Yaletown meets Nani Iro

Back in the early years of high school I had an English teacher called Ms. Rosser. She was smart, funny and just enough eccentric to be a breath of fresh air in the conservative country town I lived in. Her statement shoe of choice was always a brightly coloured Mary Jane in magenta, cobalt, even orange. This dress kind of reminds me of her.

Here I have combined two of my great sewing loves: Nani Iro double gauze with a Sewaholic pattern. For a pear shaped lady like myself Sewaholic patterns are amazing. They fit right out of the envelope and I never have to make any adjustments. I cut a size 8 at the shoulders and tapered down to a 10 for the rest. It was such an enjoyable pattern to sew up and even if you are new to sewing, the instructions are super clear and easy to follow. Thanks Tasia.

The fabric is a beautifully soft Nani Iro double gauze that I bought from Miss Matatabi. I bought four yards assuming that this pattern would be a massive fabric sucker. Turns out I was wrong and I now have enough left over to squeeze out a woven tee. Whoohoo! It’s not the cheapest fabric in the world but now that I’ve been sewing for a few years I’ve decided life’s too short to sew with crappy polyester.  

And look! The gaping isn’t too indecent, even with the faux wrap bodice. 

At first I was worried this dress was going to turn out a bit ‘primary school teacher from the 80s.’ But I love it. It’s flattering and comfortable and drapes like a dream. In fact, I don’t think it’s going too far to say that this is my favourite make. Ever. 


  1. So happy that you started a blog!! Now I can see all your lovely makes. X

  2. This is so wonderful, I have been coveting nani iro and this pattern for ages, now I must get both!