Don’t ask me why I felt like I needed Seamworkmag’s Mesa pattern because honestly there’s no rhyme or reason in my thought process sometimes. Call me lazy, but why not take an already existing pattern instead of having to go draft something on your own. ¯\_(?)_/¯ Add the cost of the subscription and why the hell not? Truth be told, I’m kinda glad I purchased it because I can tweak it as a block to other types of dresses.
My first one, let’s call it a wearable muslin, fits a bit like an slightly oversized tee in the waist, which was what I was hoping for. There’s a bit of pooling in the back that kinda sorta is fixed with a belt. For my first try I omitted the neckline instead opting to serge, turn under once and finish with a zig-zag stitch. I’ve worn it around a few times around the city and the dress is comfortable AF. I’ve even biked on it and no lady parts have been on display. The fabric could be modal, i’m not entirely sure what I get whenever I go to Trumart.
Now for my piece du resistance. A few weeks ago, on a trip to Spandex house, there was this floral medium weight neoprene knit that somehow found it’s way from the cutting table to my shopping bag. Given it’s stiffer nature, I had intended to use for a circle skirt inspired by A pair and a spare’s scuba skirt, but then opted to test out a second mesa dress this time with a midriff cut out. Tadaaaaa, you didn’t see that coming did ya.
I decided to create a cutout on the front to break up all the floral repetition. It could probably use hidden elastic to keep it a bit snug, but so far it hasn’t stretched out that bad; I had forgotten how neoprene likes to mold itself. This version does have a neckband, that was then top-stitched down; to avoid pooling in the back I took in about an inch at both sides. (I started with a small to be on the safe side.) Look, I’m really digging this dress. I’ll probably wear it out everywhere and be known as the girl that always wears that flower dress.
Excuse me while I go feel my look.