The Lisa Dress
Posted on Thursday the 16th April 2020 by Sewstainability
Spring is still happening out there which seems a bit weird doesn’t it? Don’t worry, this little field of daffodils is opposite my house and these pictures were taken on our one designated walk per day, no other people were even seen! Seems like such an odd thing to write, it’s strange times we are living in!
I am so glad to have made this lovely spring-like dress to lift my spirits! I don’t often sew garments with quilting cotton but there are some lovely patterns out there that suit quilting cottons just fine! This is the Tessuti Patterns Lisa Dress, a pattern which I have had my eye on for a long time. I don’t see many versions of it cropping up on social media but I think the pattern is really lovely. I like the narrow shoulder shaping and the button up bodice with the high-low shaping towards the back. I think I will be making more!
I didn’t toile and cut out the size based on my bust measurement as there is plenty of room in the gathered skirt for my pear shaped hips. There is a lot of room for some lovely topstitching in this pattern as the front and back skirts are cut in two pieces and stitched together/topstitched along the centre front and centre back. If I had made this in a solid colour fabric (like a chambray or a linen) I think I would have gone to town with contrast topstitching.
This fabric looks like a solid colour from a distance but actually has a lovely ‘sketch’ detail running all the way through it. It comes in loads of different colours and I love so many of them! I think it has a real mid-century/retro kind of feel about it and I especially love this vibrant green! The fabric itself is very soft after prewashing and doesn’t feel as crisp as I expected a quilting cotton to feel.
Because it is a very stable cotton, it is super easy to sew! Perfect for beginners or someone looking for a nice easy fabric to work with. I know it would make amazing quilts/bags and even toys but I am thrilled with how it worked for a dress.
The instructions were fab, I have never seen this method for adding in-seam pockets before but I really liked it! I also love the bias bound finish on the inside of the neck and arm-holes. For my next one, I will raise the armscye by about an inch as it is a bit too low for me but other than that there is nothing else I would change.
I chose some small metal buttons from my stash that I cut off an old top. Reusing what I already had! I accidentally sewed one the wrong way up so it looks different to the others. I didn’t think anyone would notice and was feeling lazy so I left it. Then the first time I wore it my husband asked why one of the buttons was different!! Guess I will be cutting that off and re-sewing it on the right way up after all!
It feels nice to still be sewing in these strange times, like sewing is a constant source of comfort I can always rely on. I am so grateful to companies like Minerva for safely and responsibly keeping us supplied with fabric, patterns and haberdashery. I hope wherever you are you are keeping safe and well.
Until next time, happy sewing!