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Fun Tiered Skirt in Polka Dot Viscose (Saraste Shirt Hack) by Sylvia

Hello everyone,

My name is Sylvia aka @theravelout and I am ecstatic to be writing my first blog for Lamazi Fabrics! It’ll come as no surprise to anyone who follows me on Instagram that my first project with Lamazi is a pattern hack. Hacking patterns is where my brain loves to go and I let it lead the way when it comes to my sewing. 

Saraste Shirt Polka dot fabric

I have always wanted to make a dress with a tiered skirt. Immediately I saw this gorgeous polka dot viscose, I knew it was time to make that dress. Since the fabric is a classic print, I decided to make it as fun as possible. 

Classic Polka Dot Viscose Dressmaking Fabric

Fabric Details: This lightweight classic polka dot fabric is 100% viscose and has the most gorgeous drape. I chose black but it comes in red and navy as well.

Classic Polka Dot Viscose Dressmaking FabricClassic Polka Dot Viscose Dressmaking Fabric

It’s suitable for all types of garments including tops, loose trousers, and skirts but I had my eyes set on making a swooshy dress with it. 

My measurements: Bust-40”, Waist-34”, Hips-45”

Pattern Details: For the bodice of my dress, I chose to use the Saraste Shirt by Named Clothing. It is one of the many patterns from their book Breaking the Pattern. This shirt checked off all the boxes: a button up with a collar. I made size 6 of this pattern. For the tiered skirt, the waist ruffle is based on my waist measurement multiplied by 2. The hip ruffle is based on my hip measurements by 1.8 Both tiers are separated by lining. I also made a waist band for the skirt which is where I joined the bodice piece. 

Modifications: For the Saraste shirt pattern, I made a cropped version of the shirt (about 14” in length). I also shortened the sleeves as I was going for a casual look. After sewing the bodice and skirt pieces together, I inserted an elastic in the back for a cinched fit around the waist. Because of the elastic, I do not have to button all the way down to wear the dress which is an added bonus. 

This fun black and white dress fits perfectly into my closet and I hope to continue to building my wardrobe to a point where it is cohesive. I am glad this adds to that goal. 

Happy Sewing,

Sylvia XOXO


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