It's my summer for sundresses and the new Oia Dress by Itch to Stitch doesn't disappoint! If you're looking for a comfortable, trendy, slightly more advanced sewing project, this dress is for you.
While I was testing the pattern, I kept telling myself "this pattern is drafted so beautifully!" I had no problems with anything not matching as it should, which made it a joy to sew. The instructions were thorough covering every detail of the dress construction. One tip I have for you when you sew this dress is to be sure to carefully mark every single dot and notch.
Before I go into any more details, the Oia Dress is on sale for one week after the release date! (It was released on Aug. 13, 2019) It is a PDF pattern, and I think most of you know I lean towards printed patterns, but I had zero difficulty putting this one together. You're also able to print only the bodice cup size you need, which saves you paper and ink.
The dress features A, B, C, D, and DD cup options for the princess seamed bodice with straps wide enough to cover your bra straps. Did I mention it has in-seam pockets?
(Disclaimer, in these pics the bodice looks a bit too large under the arms. Because I still don't have a lot of shoulder flexibility I wasn't able to zip the dress up completely in the back. When hubby is around to zip it up all the way, the fit is spot on!)
I had to shorten the straps by 2", but that's the beauty of sewing. You get to adjust components to fit your unique shape.
Did you know you can purchase gold grommets at Home Depot? I didn't until I began sewing this dress. Unfortunately the gold didn't look right against this fabric. With so few local shopping choices for fabric supplies, I was fortunate enough to locate some silver ones at Hobby Lobby.
Speaking of the fabric...I purchased this linen-blend floral print (with metallic threads) at Hancock Fabrics in 2015 to sew myself another Vogue 9112 (the Marcy Tilton Cirque Dress that I blogged about here.) After I got it home I decided it was too thick for that dress and I put it aside to wait for the right project. It might have taken four years, but it worked beautifully for the Oia Dress!
SR Harris makes it difficult to get fabric and supplies when I don't have time to order them online!
I gotta tell you, it was quite satisfying to sew something a bit more challenging than what I've been sewing lately!
And, since I'm now a Texan, I have a growing collectionof hats to wear in the hot sun, including this "cowboy" hat.