Unfortunately, Missoni is w a y out of my price range. I was willing to settle for the one-time Missoni for Target line, but guess what? The event was held during my ready-to-wear fast….. sad, indeed.
Just suppose I could buy the +$1,000 dresses as I pleased…… Something tells me the size 4 on the 6 foot model would look like a different dress on 5’2″ me…… to be young, tall, thin and rich 🙂
Since my return to sewing clothes 17 months ago, I realize I can have my cake and eat it too, and I just completed my first Missoni dress.
What’s even more exciting to me is the dress suits my lifestyle and my body.
Using this simple McCalls pattern, I took several precautions to avoid the potential disasters associated with sewing loosely knit striped fabric. Having made the pattern before, I was familiar with the fit and cut a size smaller.
I selected my fabric from dozens of Missoni knits at Mood Fabrics. The crochet knit was sheer so the bodice of the dress was underlined with this cream silk knit from Mood Fabrics. [Editor’s note: Sarah bought her fabric at Mood NYC, where we have a huge selection of Missoni fabrics. If you’re interested in purchasing a Missoni fabric like Sarah’s or have a certain color in mind, send an email to email@example.com.]
The fashion fabric and underlining were cut as one piece and immediately basted together while on the cutting table.
Rather than cutting the pieces on the fold I opened the fabric to a single layer, cutting one side of the pattern, flipping the pattern piece over and cutting the other side. By doing this I was able to make sure the stripes were perfectly straight – my biggest fear.
You can imagine my relief to see the matching stripes.
Well, now I’m ready to make another one–my style, my price and my way!