This is my first make from Seamwork , an online magazine by the team at Colette Patterns. I've subscribed to the magazine since day one, and for months have been perusing the gorgeous patterns, all of which are designed to be super quick makes (each one should take about 1-3 hours). When I saw Mesa, in the knits issue, I immediately put two other WIPs on hold to whip one up for some instant gratification (and a new outfit to wear for the weekend).
Mesa is a knit shift dress with a scoop neckline and side slits for some added interest. I cut an XS and graded to a Small at the hips. I made mine pretty form-fitting but I think it could look cute as a looser fitting shift dress too....especially to better hide a post-dinner food baby. ;)
Full disclosure: this make actually took me about 4 hours, not the suggested 1 hour. I was being suuuper careful when cutting, trying to maximize my fabric, and making sure to match the stripes at the side seams. Also, I encountered some issues when hemming with my twin needle (I blanked out and didn't set the right settings on my machine...whoops! Took me a few attempts before I realized what was going on and selected the twin needle setting on my machine).
Since the pattern is simple, it works well with a statement fabric: geometric prints, loud colours, or, in my case, this amazing stripes & floral print from Art Gallery Fabrics (purchased at the workroom). The print is called Paparounes Crimson (i.e. red poppies) from the Skopelos line by Katarina Roccella. The line is inspired by the Greek island Skopelos and I think it does a beautiful job of evoking Greece, summer, and vacation in general.
I've been loving the floral on stripes trend I've been seeing lately, and this print incorporates that with a slight twist - the stripes aren't perfectly uniform in shape or colour. Instead, they look like they were painted with a thin paintbrush... it is such a nice take on this trend and one of the details I love about this fabric.
I will definitely make this dress again - I could see making a few. I could also see it working into the fall too, in a weightier fabric, paired with tights. I don't have anything like that in the stash right now so will have to keep my eye out. What's your favourite summer-to-fall transition pattern?
Pattern:Mesa Dress from Seamwork Magazine (Colette Patterns)
Size: XS graded to a S at the hips
Fabric: Paparounes Crimson, Skopelos line by Katarina Roccella (Art Gallery Fabrics) (95% Cotton, 5% Spandex; light weight, with 4-way stretch)