This tunic style dress will make an excellent addition to your spring and summer wardrobe! The featured textile is created by a collaboration between a fabric designer, Asami Sato and the apparel brand, conges payes. The yellow accent color and matching bias binding tape make the dress look light and lively.
Fabric shown for this sample:EFXA3000-1A
□ Fabric: 110cm wide x 2.7m
□ Double fold bias binding tape: 2cm wide x 1.8m
We interviewed Anriko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The use of an extremely large design motif and color arrangement is beautiful. While the pattern is large, it repeats in relatively small segments, so I thought it would look great wherever you cut it for a piece of clothing.
KF: Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
One idea is to feature the large motif as is, but I decided to piece it together this time with long vertical pieces for the front body. It is fun to figure out the design combination. On the contrary, I used the main central design in a major way for the back body.
KF: What are some tips for making this dress?
At first glance, you may not be familiar with this type of pocket, but it is an easy-to-sew pocket. It does not tension as much like the in-seam pocket. You also don’t need to worry about the stitch lines like the patch pocket. Overall, my intent was to make the process easy, so enjoy making it.
KF: How should we incorporate this dress into one’s styling?
For summer, enjoy a simple layer with a piece of tank top underneath. For spring, why not match it with a long-sleeve T-shirt or put it over a pair of pants underneath?
The dress length is set at the knee, thinking it is a comfortable length for mature women, but it also looks cute with a shorter length set at thigh level.
KF: Thank you very much, Anriko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!
Once you sew together the front side and side skirt with a straight line, you will see the pocket. It may be fun to slightly arrange the pocket by adding a curve at the opening or let it sag at the bottom.
All front portions are sewn together as shown. The pocket bottom is a loop, which is an extension of the front side fabric. As it is sewn together with the front body and side fabric, stitch line gets concealed. This way it is easier to sew even if you are not good at sewing exposed stitches.
The picture shows the process where the bias binding tape is attached around the shoulder. When you stretch the shoulder fabric, the French sleeve gets tensioned, so please be careful. For armhole and neckline, sew it as if you were shrinking them. This way it works out just fine.
Here is the finished dress. For this fabric, I was determined to use the yellow as an accent color, so I matched the color of the bias binding tape as yellow. With these large motifs, you may wonder which color to use for a sewing thread. I also chose yellow for the thread since it blends well with blue that covers a large area.