I’m sorry, but I just cannot get enough of these Thakoon cottons from Mood Fabrics.
These are literally the BEST fabrics for summer, as far as I’m concerned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!