Heat wave! Just because our winters are long and cold here in Minnesota- that doesn’t mean are summer’s aren’t hot …and humid. This past week- we were under a heat advisory. Our house is nearly 100 years old and we don’t have air conditioning. On Friday, it was 92 degrees Fahrenheit in our dining room. Thank heavens, I had just finished the Fiona Sundress by Closet Case patterns- a fetching choice when weather and moods are steamy.
Even though there are several denim Fionas out there- including the pattern styling shown here- I also chose a substantial denim with stretch from Treadle Yard Goods for my Fiona. My daughter thought that denim would be too hot- but denim is wilt proof and I wanted fabric with substance for a more structured sundress. The cut of this dress is fabulous- flattering and definitely cool- even in this heat.
This was my first experience with a Closet Case pattern. And I found the pattern fit true to their sizing chart. I cut a size 4 and graded to a 6 in the waist and an 8 in the hips. I followed the clear and thorough instructions. Once the dress was sewn up- I decided to let out the hip side seams a bit for more ease since the fabric was so stiff. I also fiddled with the strap placement.
During construction, I was hoping to find some way to distinguish my denim Fiona from all the others, so I am super grateful for the inspiration from SewitCurly to cover buttons with flowers. I used Liberty Strawberry Thief scraps- Liberty scraps are endlessly useful. I used the simple button covering kits widely available. I covered buttons quite a bit when I was sewing for the kids when they were small- but that was ages ago. It was satisfying and fun to pop out some one of a kind buttons.
I am super pleased with the results. And a sure sign of a winning project is when daughter asks me to make the same for her.