Photos by Drew
This weekend I’ve been sewing up a dress out of that fabric I wrote about last week. I’m trying to go slow and take my time because the fabric’s too good to mess up and because I really want to make it into a dress I can wear over and over again this summer. Sewing is one of those things that always looks easier than it is, or at least to me. I got this really “easy” pattern from the ’70s with pretty large, straight-forward pattern pieces, and I still spend way too much time wracking my brains trying to figure out how pieces fit together or how to sew in zippers (the worst). But I’m just about done–all I have to do is fix some wonky spots around the zipper and do the hem and fit the dress just right, and I’m crossing my fingers the whole thing will turn out.
Anyhow, sewing’s hard, and I’m always in awe of people who can actually make their own dress patterns, and sew them up perfectly. Chie of the Tokyo-based online shop Vivat Veritas is one of those people, and when she gave me the chance to design a dress for her store I jumped at it. The process started way back last summer when I was still stuck on the couch with a broken arm, and I drew up a little sketch of what my dream dress for colder weather would be. Very very simple, a tiny bit ’70s, a small amount of goth, and flutter sleeves.
When I got the finished dress I knew it would be something I would wear all the time, and thus a success. I can’t get over how well Chie can sew—the seams are so perfect, and the dress is even lined (the idea of lining a dress myself makes my brain hurt). She’s made a limited amount of these dresses, so if you’re interested you can buy one of your own right here.