The Ishi Dress. Also known as the dress I hounded An about for months. And then I got the pattern, printed the pattern and… nothing. For weeks. Of course, I was busy with a craft show and blah blah blah. I finally got around to making my long-awaited Ishi Dress and I am more than pleased with the result. I’m actually kind of obsessed. I have zero negative things to say about the pattern. I want my next Ishi to be color blocked, though I really do like the subtle seaming result of using just one fabric as I’ve done here. Check it.
Dress: Ishi Dress pattern by Straight Grain
Crown: Glitter+Wit (I have a new web shop-woohoo!)
My girl is three and a half years old with measurements of 20″- 20.5″- 22″. Her height is about 37″. Yep. She’s pretty slim! These measurements put her in the 3T height and 18m width for the Ishi pattern, so I compromised and sewed up the 2T size. I chose the short sleeve, slanted pocket options. Since I was determined to use a knit (and also determined to be as lazy as possible) I chose neither the zipper or button back, and instead eliminated the back center seam allowances and cut it as one piece. I did have to adjust the neckline to fit over her head.
The fabric is a scuba knit. It’s pretty thick, so the sleeve, pocket, and dress hems are all turned once instead of twice before stitching. I also made my own facing pattern pieces for the neckline. I sewed most seams on my serger and the entire dress only took about an hour of sewing! I think I can probably get that down to forty minutes next time. ;)
Photo sessions with this girl lately are PHEW… let’s just say I can’t wait until this threenager business is over with.
An- I love the Ishi Dress pattern; it’s even better than I imagined. Thanks so much for having me on your tour!
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