Sunday, March 31, 2013

Maija Isola Dress

I am totally in love with this dress! The fabric is just awesome and I am pretty pleased with how the dress turned out. It´s a very simple (self drafted) pattern. I didn´t want to "destroy" the print with unnecessary seams and darts and I tried to do the vintage fabric justice (it´s a Marimekko print from 1962) with a 60ies A-line style. The dress only has darts in the back and dropped shoulders. In the back, I sewed in a semi exposed metallic riri zipper from my stash that is perfectly matching the turquoise main color. The dark stripe in the third picture repeats every yard or so and probably is a result from a not so perfect print - in reality, it is not that dominant.

I also put a lot of care into the inside of the dress: I lined it with cotton batiste and used red bias tape to finish the facings and the hems. At the back seam, I left the selvedge exposed because I like that the name of the fabric and the designer is indicated. It seems a bit off-center  because I had to match the print on the outside.


  1. Very cool! I like the whole story about the fabric and the dress turned out so nicely. The inside looks also great.

  2. I think you did a great job with that beautiful old fabric. The print is stunning :)