So, I'm an engineer by trade (and I actually think a lot of engineering/mechanical skills translate to sewing!). Almost ten years into my career, I do very little technical work at this point, but I still have a soft spot for a pad of graph paper, a straight edge and a very good mechanical pencil. When I saw this fabric, part of Nani Iro's spring/summer collection, it reminded me of all the pads of engineering paper I went through in college...in a very good way.
As I mentioned, this fabric is by Nani Iro, purchased through Miss Matatabi, who is my very favorite. It's a border print, with a large grid through most of the fabric, and smaller, sketchier grid along each selvage. I knew I wanted the border along the skirt hem. I also considered placing it along the sleeve hems but decided against it. It's hard to see in the pictures, but this fabric also has these tiny little seeds or dots printed on it. There is also some white smudges printed near the selvage. Because it's white on white it's very subtle, but it gives the fabric some great dimension.
This fabric is 100% linen, and it obviously wrinkles like crazy. These pictures were taken after I wore it to work one day. It is also, in my opinion, not the most flattering dress. I still love it and I think it will be a good summer dress. It is fully lined with white linen and is easy, breezy, comfortable!
The bodice is my TNT Simplicity 1873. I eliminated the CB zipper on this dress (benefits of having a small chest for my waist size!) and added a slit back with a button closure at the neck. It just has a thread chain loop to fasten, which I did by hand. I have never been about to make machine thread chaining work for me.
The pattern calls for the bodice and sleeves to be lined only, but I added a skirt lining because duh, that's where I want it lined! I also changed the skirt to a gathered rectangle to preserve the border print.
Like I said, overall, this doesn't come out to be the most flattering dress I've ever made. I think a fuller skirt would have helped. But it's a comfortable option that's still professional, and I'm sure I'll be very happy that I have it by August!
Pattern: Simplicity 1873
Fabric: Nani Iro Linen
Changes: eliminated zipper, added slit back closure