April 13, 2011

Sneak Peek #2: Meet Diane!


This is the Diane Kimono Dress! Several of you with keen eyes caught a glimpse of her in the blog banner photo earlier this week and wondered if there is a pattern for THAT dress. The answer is, YES! Patterned after the simple construction of the Claire Cami Dress, Diane is a drawstring dress with no closures. You just slip this dress over your head and cinch up the drawstring....easy to sew, easy and comfortable to wear!

I decided to add kimono into the name as the criss-cross fashion of the bodice and some of the fabric choices I made lent an Asian feel. The Dolman sleeves are incorporated into the bodice, so the sewing is fast. The waistline on this design is raised with a very forgiving fit. I have offered four cutting lines for the skirt on the pattern, so if you would like to make a version to wear with skinny pants or leggings, that is an available choice. I slimmed the skirt a bit for this dress as compared to Claire, but I added a fuller fold line also so you can choose for a full or slimmer skirt. There is also a tiered version. I decided to make that one like the tiered skirt in my Fashion Formula Skirts booklet where you cut strips for the last two tiers instead of giving a pattern piece. I think it simplifies things a bit.


This dress makes up very nicely in regular quilting weight cottons. Two of the dresses featured here are made in lighter softer fabrics. The tiered one is made from cotton voile and it is dreamy to wear...so soft and flowy. I highly recommend trying out this type of fabric for the dress. Another of the dresses (blue and gray) is made from cotton shirting. Cotton shirting is lighter weight than regular cotton, but not as light as voile. The result is a nice soft dress, another good fabric choice.


Diane is at the printer also, and will be available for sale early next month. Well, that is it for sneak peeks this week....next week, I will be showing the new bags!

Happy Sewing!

37 comments:

picperfic said...

I really want to make that dress this very minute...how will i know when I can order the pattern?

Kay Whitt said...

I will post here and on my fan page on Facebook. You can also go to our website and sign up for the newsletter. We send out notifications as soon as new designs are available. Thanks for your enthusiasm!

Katie said...

What an awesome dress! It looks like the perfect dress to live in all summer!

Sarah said...

I love this one too! I love your dresses!! :)

terriachmann said...

Gorgeous!! Can't wait to order...

Alisa said...

I love these dressed!!! Can we pre-order?

ANDREA B. said...

This dress is so cute and I look forward to making it. It is a perfect little summer dress with endless possibilities. Thanks for the "peeks" this week.

CityCraft said...

KAY!!!!! you were reading our minds!!! This is exactly what we have been looking for!!

Sherri said...

I love this dress...and the first sneak peek dress too...it will be hard to wait a month!!!! Can't wait to see the new bags! I'm making a new bag for quilt market...wish the bag patterns would be ready before them...I'm having a hard time picking a pattern!

Jenean said...

I love this! just beautiful!

Shannon said...

I love this! I can't wait to order it and Betty June!

PamKittyMorning said...

Ohh I love this.. what kind of size options will you include?

Ginger said...

What a cute dress! Shortened, it would make a cute shirt too.

Kay Whitt said...

Hey Ginger,
I DO include a cutting line for a shirt length in the pattern...guess great minds think alike!

Kay Whitt said...

Pam,
There are 7 sizes included in the pattern, XXS-XXL. You can see the size chart on any of my tissue patterns on the website with the design description. Hope to see you at QM next month!

casanda24 said...

I LOVE this dress. I can;t wait to make it. I get more comments on the dresses and the one coat I made from you Sew Serendipity book. But I have to know what line the blue dress is from. I need that fabric too.

Kay Whitt said...

The blue dress is one of my faves! I LOVE that fabric. It is by Free Spirit in a collection called Queen Street by Jennifer Paganelli. I think it is presently available for sale. Check out www.QuiltHome.com as they carry all of Jennifer's fabrics and are one of my favorite shops!

thefirstlady said...

Love that dress!

casanda24 said...

Thank you so much!!!!

sissyjane said...

Is there a back view of this lovely dress anywhere? I have an aweful neck and can't have it too low in the back. Maybe I could alter it somehow? Help! I love this dress!

sissyjane98@yahoo.com

Kay Whitt said...

SissyJane,

The back neckline of this dress is curved and high, so it sits on the body like a regular rounded neckline would. It does NOT cross in the back like the front, so I think you wouldn't have to do anything!

Mama_A said...

Looks like this woudl be a great dress for nursing mums?

Kay Whitt said...

The overlap in the front is pretty secure. I don't think it would open up enough for nursing.

Susan said...

I really love your dress pattern, but I am wondering... would it look better on a "thinner" person and is it a pattern for a beginner sewer?

Thank you!

Kay Whitt said...

Susan,
My patterns are suited for a lot of different body types, not just thin folks! And the Diane is a great pattern for a beginner. There is no zipper to worry about!

rachel said...

hi, the dianne dress in red and the third light aqua blue dress, what are the fabric please. It is autumn now and there is some snow in the ground but these dresses make me think of the summer to come thanks

Kay Whitt said...

Rachel,
The red dress is Kaffe Fasset fabric for Westminster and the third dress is Queen Street by Jennifer Paganelli for Free Spirit. You can find the red fabric at www.quilthome.com. As for Queen Street, you will need to do some Google searching to find the pieces. Hope that helps!

L.C. said...

I hate to say this out loud, but I wear a 3X and was wondering how difficult it would be to alter the pattern for my size. I consider myself not a beginner but not intermediate either. I'd love to wear dresses and skirts all summer! It is difficult to find dresses that are modest and that are long enough. Thanks!
Lynne
lynnebohman@gmail.com

Kay Whitt said...

LC,
Not sure how hard it would be to alter the pattern to fit your size. I would think that it would be fairly straightforward since there are not many pieces to adjust. I highly recommend purchasing a reference book called Fit for Real People. It takes you through the process of altering any tissue pattern to fit. It is a paperback book that is available through Amazon. Hope this is helpful!

Lynneb said...

It's fabulous! I am dreaming of this dress. Thank you for another must have pattern!

Rachel said...

I just ordered this pattern and am wondering what the fabric requirements are (roughly). I am going to have some sewing time next week and would love to order the fabric ASAP so that I can get to it!

Kay Whitt said...

Rachel,
If you will email me through my website, I can send you an attachment with the fabric and notion requirements for Diane.

everyday splendor. said...

I ordered this pattern from a vendor on Amazon. I was wanting to purchase my fabric before the pattern comes in the mail. Do you by chance have the notion/fabric list posted anywhere online? Do you email it out by chance? Thanks so much!
Lindsay lclombard@gmail.com

Robyn said...

I was also wondering about fabric requirements. I like to know what they are before deciding on a pattern. Is this information posted anywhere?

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Craftysquirrel said...

Hi , I'm about to make this dress in a knee length version but can't decide if I want the full or slim skirt - I'd like to see a picture of it made up in the knee length full skirt - you don't happen to have a photo or link to one?
Thanks

Mark & Terry Rawlinson said...

Is this dress Pattern still available??