When Named released the Evolution Theory collection I fell in immediate love with the Tuuli Dress. Or to be more exact, the sample dress the model was wearing. I wanted it bad. It was one of those times where you see a pattern launch and wish you could buy the dress cause it’s so perfectly you. I bought the pattern as it was a style that appealed very much and figured I’d keep an eye out for fabric. So the pattern sat on the shelf, waiting.
My fabric stash is in perfectly ordered rainbows on the shelves of my sewing room. People often tell me that having all my fabric on display is a bad idea because of sun fade. They are right, it is a risk. The room only gets morning sun and the sun is on the fabric at most for a few hours a day. However the UV levels are high in New Zealand so the sun is very strong and even a few of hours could cause fading. But I get so much joy from being able to see my fabrics. Running my hands over the piles imaging all the beautiful clothes I will make from them. I am not a particularly fast sewer, at my current rate of production of 20-30 garments a year I have at least 6 years’ worth of sewing on those shelves. Having the fabric on display inspires me in a way that having them in bins absolutely did not.
One day as I was sitting on the floor re-organising my patterns I pulled out the Tuuli dress and sighed, if only I could find the fabric for this. I looked up at my beautiful rainbows, straight at this jersey knit I had bought several years ago from Fabric.com to make a wrap dress.
Not only was the dress meant to be, but apparently this blog post was meant to be too. Emma from Emma’s Atelier took these lovely photos for me last year at a WSBN meet up and I wrote the post to go with it. But then the SD card with the photos disappeared. I searched high and low but no joy, I really loved Emma’s photos and was so bummed I decided I wouldn’t bother posting. Then a few days ago I put my hand down the side of an armchair and found it. I’m so happy to show you one of my most favourite makes and the lovely photos.