Pattern: Kiomi Dress by Lotta Jansdotter (from her book Everyday Style which I talked about last year)
Fabric: Robert Kaufman Polka Dot Double Gauze in pink
I researched the heck out of our Disneyland trip this year. In part because I’m a planner and in part because it was a few days after a cancer checkup and it was a healthy outlet for my nerves. If you are into clothing and researching Disney you will come across Disney Bounding – a kind of everyday cosplay of Disney characters for grown-ups. Adults are not permitted to wear costumes in the parks, so instead you wear regular clothes that evoke a character. I was plenty busy with sewing three dresses for my daughter (Ariel, Aurora, and Alice), but I couldn’t get the idea of a low-key, modern take on Minnie Mouse out of my head. So, the night before we left I sewed this dress.
A big shout out to the awesome Disney photographer who captured the pictures of Minnie and me. He caught this great moment, and the pose below was his idea. I love that Minnie has her knitting basket right behind her.
This dress comes from Lotta Jansdotter’s Everyday Style. It is super easy – just 2 pieces plus binding. As written the dress has a symmetrical hem and a belt. I wanted the look of a breezy swing dress so instead I brought up the front hem 5-6″ and tapered out to the side seams. I also did french seams because I was feeling fancy.
This dress is going to be a summer staple for sure. The double gauze is so light and airy, the shape is easy to wear, and yet it manages to look glamorous. Have you sewn up your summer wardrobe yet?