Is there anything nicer than Nani Iro fabric? No, you say...
Well there is just one thing nicer. It's Nani Iro fabric that is gifted to you!
A little while ago Sarvi and I hunted down some out of print patterns for each other. When Sarvi sent me mine she included a shirt (seen here) and a dress that she'd cut out and not got around to sewing before her daughter had outgrown them.
While the shirt was a mystery pattern, I was on familiar ground with the dress as it's the School Photo Dress by Oliver + S.
I've made the dress twice before and had the instructions to hand as well, so the sewing was smooth sailing from start to finish. One note to make, the instructions talk about finishing seams allowances at the beginning if you're using a serger. You should take that to mean; Finish all the skirt seam allowances before you start construction no matter how you want to finish them. It just makes thing so much easier.
This is the View B with the ruffle collar and 3/4 length sleeves in straight size 4. But this time without the pocket (not enough fabric perhaps?).
The Nani Iro brushed cotton is gorgeously soft. Should I ever win the lottery I would have someone make me pyjamas out of this stuff. It's divine. The collar and cuffs are a lightweight shot cotton and the dress is then lined with a pale pink cotton voile. All perfectly cut out for me to sew!
After sewing quite a few invisible zippers with my regular zipper foot, I did buy an invisible zipper foot last year. That combined with the trick of ironing the zipper open results in a pretty darn good invisible zipper if I do say so myself.
I made this dress just before making the purple ruffle-y jewelled thing, so I'm afraid it's been passed over a bit. Hopefully she'll find it suitable for a few summer parties before it's outgrown. It was too lovely not to sew up and put to use. Thanks Sarvi!