I’ve sewn a second Yuki! (Where does that name come from?) This time in gingham cotton for the shell and black silk for the drawstring collar. Goyjus! The drawstring was much easier to turn in this finer silk, and it makes for a really lovely detail. Top tip – don’t press your drawstring tie. You want a nice bouncy cylinder.
Interesting to see the back collar details
Good gingham is like a good man – hard to find. There’s a lot of school uniform poly cotton out there. So I snapped this up from TMOS, especially at £3 a metre.
The cotton has a loose weave, almost like seersucker. This makes it shift about quite a lot, so careful pinning of gingham stripes was needed for cutting out, to avoid gingham sloping down my body.
I also added some reinforcing stitches at the pocket openings, because I don’t trust the fabric to resist strain. I’m actually curious to see how much laundering this dress stands. I’ll keep it on a cool wash.
I wore the dress yesterday on a sewing meet up that also took in:
- Ray Stitch‘s new store in Islington, where we had chance to say hello to Gertie who was teaching
- Loop knitting shop
- Sew Over It Islington
- Grabbing a gastropub lunch in The Blacksmith and The Toffee Maker
I really recommend this route if you’re looking for a fun weekend excursion! On which note, I’m off to walk Ella through my beloved East End. Hope you have fun lined up, too. Don’t forget the sunscreen, peeps.