I haven’t been making very much this year, I just haven’t been feeling that creative energy. But I have discovered that I have loads of garments in my wardrobe that never made it to the blog. As I try to be more sustainable, I don’t think it is a good idea to promote making something new every week, so I am going to try to write a blog post each week about something that I have already made but not yet blogged. That way, I can talk about how it is being worn and I love the idea of my blog being a more ‘complete’ record of what I’ve made.
I am going to try to make the posts at least vaguely seasonal, as we are in the middle of summer here in the UK I thought it would be a good idea to start with this Tessuti Fabrics Lisa Dress.
I made this in March before I lost my sew-jo and it was a fabric review written for Minerva Crafts. I was sent this quilting cotton and knew exactly what to make. In the past, I have always been a bit wary of using quilting cotton for dressmaking projects as it doesn’t have a lot of drape but I think this pattern is absolutely perfect. I also think that the Sew Liberated Metamorphic Dress would work well or even their Hinterland Dress.
I love the high-low shape of the bodice, I love the length of the skirt, I love the button up front! I am really happy with the pattern but I am reluctant to buy any more patterns from Tessuti (I bought this one last summer) as they had originally committed to increasing their size range and made all the right noises regarding becoming more size inclusive, they released a few patterns with their new, improved size range and then backtracked and went back to their old size range of sizes 6-18. Our money speaks volumes. I don’t think we have space in our community for businesses who literally go backwards so I will be refraining from buying from Tessuti again until they once again catch up.
Anyway, I really like the ‘sketch’ pattern on this quiliting cotton because it reminds me of an Orla Kiely Pattern and is reminiscent of mid-century styles I love. I chose the Emerald colourway but I would definitely love to make some more garments out of some of the other colours, my particular favourites are Dill, Pine, Sapphire, Navy and Gold.
If you want any more information I wrote even more about this make here.