Thakoon Cotton Dress for Summer

I’m sorry, but I just cannot get enough of these Thakoon cottons from Mood Fabrics.

thakoon cotton dress

These are literally the BEST fabrics for summer, as far as I’m concerned.

thakoon cotton dress

Thakoon is my new favorite  designer. If you haven’t had a chance to get your hands on his fabrics available at Mood, you’re in for a wonderful surprise —they’re so dreamy! This black-and-white Thakoon cotton I used here is super-soft and lightweight with the most beautiful drape.

thakoon cotton dress

Since my pattern calls for a bit of contrast, I went with this lovely purple sateen. This one is soft and lightweight with a rich color and no stretch. I really wanted to try the Thakoon cotton sateen (and now you see where I got my purple inspiration from ;) ), but I was hesitant to try sewing a stretch fabric with a stable fabric, especially if it meant dealing with piping and pleats in the process. I used the wrong (a.k.a. matte) side to sew the tab, the neck binding and the racerback. I used the shiny side to sew the piping, just for a little bit of added texture.

thakoon cotton dress

The pattern I used here is Simone, from Victory Patterns. I cut the size 2 and shortened the bodice back and shoulders by 5/8″ for my petite-ness, as well as hemmed the back of the hi-lo hem slightly shorter.

thakoon cotton dress

I am aware that such a loose-fitting dress isn’t the look for my shape, but when the temperature is hitting 100 degrees with 100% humidity, I forget about comfort and try to focus on staying COOL. Which this dress absolutely does the trick—while looking stylish, thanks to the amazing fabric.

thakoon cotton dress

However, this dress looks pretty good belted, too!

Who else is loving the Thakoon fabrics at Mood? Personally, I’m dying to get my hands on a bunch of this paisley 4-ply crepe. Be still, my heart!

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  • Lori
    July 24, 2013

    Gorgeous dress, Lauren, I love your purple accents. The paisley crepe is one of my favorites, too, ever sine Meg posted her tunic on the Mood blog.

    • Lauren
      July 24, 2013

      I’m thinking maybe our next MSN challenge should involve it ;) ha!

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 24, 2013

    Great job using this fabric! Beautifully styled dress and I like it with and without the belt.

    • Lauren
      July 24, 2013

      Thank you! I’m surprised how much I like it without the belt; loose is not a typical style for me.

  • Norma
    July 24, 2013

    I am totally in love with that fabric. Next click, Mood!

    • Lauren
      July 24, 2013

      You & me both! Thakoon has some of the most amazinggg fabrics right now for sure!

  • Jenny
    July 24, 2013

    This dress is GORGEOUS. I LOVE it! By the way, I know it’s not your preference to wear loose dresses but it really looks great on you. You’re slim and petite ~ you’ve got the advantage for EVERYTHING looking great on you! This dress is lovely.

    • Lauren
      July 24, 2013

      Thank you! I personally don’t think I look good in everything – but how I think I look in something versus how other people see it, those can differ! I’m glad I branched out and tried a new style :)

  • Angela
    July 24, 2013

    I LOVE his fabrics, have several of them. They really are the best, I’m looking forward to seeing what else he designs.

    • Lauren
      July 24, 2013

      ME TOO! I’ve never been much for following designers, but lately Thakoon & Marc Jacobs are putting out some of the best stuff I’ve seen!

  • Erica B.
    July 24, 2013

    Cute dress! That fabric is great!

    • Lauren
      July 24, 2013

      Thank you!

  • Amanda S.
    July 24, 2013

    I think this looks great on you. Honestly, with the belt, there’s too much going on. That pattern is really interesting! Victory has some really awesome designs.

    • Lauren
      July 25, 2013

      You are totally right – I think this dress is particular would belt better if the main fabric was solid, and possibly even without the yoke tab. Then there would be less going on!

  • Meg the Grand
    July 25, 2013

    I am in love with your fabric choices! The purple and the Thakoon are such a marvelous combination – and you are rocking the high low hem like nodoy’s business. Well done!

    • Lauren
      July 26, 2013

      Thanks, Meg! I gotta say – I hated the hi-lo hem for so long, but I’m really loving it these days ;)

  • Amy
    July 26, 2013

    I just love the casual chic vibe of this dress. I can’t believe I haven’t tried any of Mood’s Thakoon fabrics this summer. It’s just that every time I think I’m going to get one next month, you guys knock it out with that exact same fabric before I make my purchase! At least you guys all look great in them, so I can’t complain!

  • Clothinglabels4U.com
    July 30, 2013

    The dress is GORGEOUS! I absolutly love this