The pattern for Kat strapless dress by Grainline Studio was a birthday gift from my friends.. Better said, it was only one of three parts of the surprise, and the best one :) Kat dress was one of the first indie patterns that I loved, and still is very high on my list.. I’m a big fan of strapless dresses.. With this one I liked the lines that different fabrics make.. Pure magic.. I also loved the skirt with only couple of pleats and high-low waistline.. The design is simple and clean..
This was my first time using this pattern and I wanted to make a wearable muslin.. Last winter I bought 4 or 5 pieces of very lightweight cotton from the remnant bin.. I didn’t like much the color, too pale for my taste, but the pineapple print and super low price were a big plus.. In my fabric stash I have found green lining that perfectly goes with pineapples.. Beside the lining, there was no other fabric to go with the main fabric.. That’s why I decided to use neon green piping for all the horizontal lines instead of combining different fabrics..
The first thing I had to do before cutting the pattern was to find my size.. I have to admit, until that happened I thought that size 0 was only a joke.. Things to be funnier, my size is between 0 and 2! I decided to cut the size 0, because the seam allowances are included.. I hate included seam allowances.. I love the freedom of choosing my own, which are usually very small, between 0.5 and 0.7cm.. In case of this dress I constantly had to remind myself of half an inch allowance.. That’s why I made a few mistakes you can see on the bodice..I inserted the boning in the lining.. The skirt I sewed only with one piece for the front, and two for the back.. At the back I inserted a yellow metal zipper.. Along with the piping that is my favorite detail..
I continued with my habit of not reading the instructions.. Just took a look at the illustrations and sewing of 34 parts went smoothly (21 – bodice, 7- bodice lining, 3- skirt, 3- skirt lining).. Now I can look for fabrics and make a real Kat colorblocked dress! I still don’t understand why there’s no more of Kat dresses out there..
Behind the camera – my favorite sister Dina
Vel’ka hvala Sn, Dj, O,I i Drx! cmk