Today’s project is a cami dress made with “Sitting Geese,” a new double gauze cotton fabric from Ellen Baker’s Framework collection. A fabric artist, Kimie Shimizu, came up with a comfortable and relaxing dress in this soft texture fabric with lots of gathering.
Fabric shown for this sample: Framework JG41800-800 (A)
□ Fabric: (Front and Back Body) 112cm width x 2.0m
(Strap (Linen)) 112cm width x 5cm
□ Button: One piece (1.5cm diameter)
We interviewed Kimie about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
Kimie Shimizu (KS): It is a solid feel double gauze cotton and very easy to handle. Utilizing the softness of the double gauze, lots of gathering is added. I designed a relaxing cami dress as lounge wear.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
KS: This cami dress is made of two square fabrics. Rather than serging or using zig zag stitches for the edges, the fabric’s edges are utilized as the seam for this project.
KF: What are some tips for making this dress?
KS: When gathering the fabric, place them evenly on the front body fabric. For the back body, put more gathering in the center. Afterwards, make sure to press them with an iron so that it will be easier to attach the strap later.
KF: How should we wear this dress in everyday situations?
KS: The weight of the fabric creates a U shaped neckline. The dress can be nicely coordinated with a camisole shirt, tube top or a T-shirt. It is intended to be lounge wear, but this versatile design allows you to make a dress for outings if you use a different fabric.
KF: Thank you very much, Kimie! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
How to make cami dress
With the front/outer sides facing each other, put together the front and back body. Using the edge of the fabric as the seam, sew the sides stopping at 22cm from the top edge. This way, you will not need to serge or run zig zag stitches for the edges.
Fold* the 5cm-wide (120cm side length) white linen strip, and sew it with the reverse side of the front and back body. Leaving 20-22 cm (depending on the size of a person) of the strip unsewn, sew together the back body. This unsewn portion will be the strap. As if you were wrapping around the seam of the front and back body, fold the strap with front/outer sides facing outside and sew.
(*- Please refer to the PDF sheet for folding instructions and measurements)