Happy Waitangi Day everyone! For those of you outside NZ, Waitangi Day is almost sort of like Australia Day or maybe Independence Day, but it’s less “go us!” and more controversial. Itcommemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, a contract between the Maori people and the British colonists back in 1840. The Treaty is still a big deal these days (for good reason) although some people think it’s importance implies some kind of “reverse racism”*.
*I can only hope that most of you know that reverse racism is not a thing.
The best part, other than the whole colonial accountability, is that Waitangi Day is a public holiday – which I get to take advantage of now that I have a 9-5 job!
We’ve had a nice day tidying and cleaning in preparation for Mr. Guy’s brother, sister-in-law and their son coming to visit. Also cooking, because we realised we had run out of fenugreek AFTER doing the prep for curry, so had to make a ragu as well. That does mean no sewing over this long weekend but I got a lot done last weekend so I’m happy!
You may recognise this pattern as the Gillian wrap dress by Muse Patterns. As soon as I saw Tanya’s version I remembered how much I had wanted to make another – I’ve made the top version (unblogged) but the dress is my favourite. The fabric is a cotton knit with owls printed on it that I got from one of the 2013 Fabric-A-Brac’s.
I made the same size as last time, (size 38 graded out to size 44 in the hips, with 6cm added to the length) but lengthened the bodice by 2cm because I find the top too short in the bodice. Probably because of the difference in skirt weight between top and skirt, that was overkill on the dress and it’s a touch too long, but not annoyingly so.
While I lengthened the bodice, I kept the neckband the same length so it’s a bit tighter. The contrast fabric I used for the yokes and bands is a cotton-lycra jersey that is very stretchy so it could do with being even tighter!
I think it says a lot about my usual dress sense that Mr. Guy would call a knit dress covered in owls “rather sophisticated, like evening wear”.
I must say, I really really like this pattern. I think it looks fantastic on everyone I’ve seen wear it, and I think it looks fantastic on me. It’s also really fun to make with the gathers and the interesting waistband, and it’s comfortable. The main problem for patterns like these is finding suitable fabrics – I think I’ve mentioned before how dire the fabric situation where I live (I have to drive 7 hours or fly to get to a good fabric shop) and knit fabrics are even trickier to find than wovens. I’ve ordered some swatches from Levana so I might finally get a one-coloured Gillian (and I’ll get to make up the Natalie dress I’ve traced out)
Pattern: Gillian wrap dress by Muse Patterns
Fabric: Owl-print cotton knit from Fabric-A-Brac, Not sure of the cost – ??$20
Notions: Thread and interfacing (for shoulders), stash
Total: Maybe $20 for the fabric.
Photos were again taken at Rototai beach, one of the only places you can take dogs in Golden Bay. And this time at high tide, so Jessie-Dog could go for a swim