I loved the Ishi dress pattern by Straightgrain as soon as I first saw it, which incidentally was when An put out the call for testers. I really wanted to put my hand up to test it but I just had too much on at the time. Then when the pattern was released and I heard about the Ishi contest I decided that it was Ishi sewing time!
After all I had the perfect fabric! I bought the Art Gallery panel that you see down the front from a fabric destash group that I’m part of on Facebook. It was just a very narrow piece, but just perfect for an Ishi… that is, it would have been perfect if I’d had enough for both the front and back pieces, but alas I was just a few centimetres short! Not too worry, I decided to use a completely different black and white fabric that I had in my stash… and I kinda love it! I’m claiming it as a ‘happy accident’ of sorts. I’ve also used the back fabric for the lining/facing, which you can see poking through in the photos below.
I think this fabric works because it picks up the little bits of black in the fabric used in the side panels as well as the theme of horizontal lines. (The fabric used on the side panels is a Cloud9 design found at Spotlight.) For the large pockets I used a vintage coral/ peachy fabric that I found in my stash.
I sewed a size 4 for my petite wee girl (who will be 5 in November.)
The Ishi dress is such a classic A-line design and so versatile, I definitely will be sewing more of them… perhaps one with piping, or long sleeved for these Winter months we’re still in the middle of here… or perhaps one for Pipi (who you can see did not want to miss out on a photo opportunity!)
But, for now anyway I’m going to turn my attention to Kid's Clothes Week, which starts next week! Anyone sewing an Ishi for KCW?