Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The New Oia Dress from Itch to Stitch in a Linen Floral Print

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.
I was one of the pattern testers for this dress design and am happy I volunteered to do so, even though this dress was more time consuming that what I've been sewing lately.

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?
I did two muslins of the bodice to make sure the fit was accurate before I started on my final dress. The first one I started with the size 8 DD, but it was too large. I used the size 6 DD and the fit was great. When you sew this dress be sure to go by the measurements, as they are accurate.

(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.
The back closes with an invisible zip and a hook and eye at the top. I was slightly off at the waistband seam when I stitched the invisible zip in and didn't bother to restitch.  With the busyness of the print it's not that noticeable.
I was a bit nervous about adding the grommets as it's been quite some time since I've done so.  Due to my surgery, I'm still working on strength in my hands and had to have my husband add the grommets.

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.
My fabric ended up being too thick to make the self-fabric ties, so I purchased this silver cording (at Hobby Lobby) to use for the ties. 

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!

The dress is fully lined making for a beautiful finish inside. I used a batiste I was able to find at Hobby Lobby.  I'm telling ya, being so far away from my beloved SR Harris makes it difficult to get fabric and supplies when I don't have time to order them online!
The lining is designed to be a few inches shorter than the dress. I added some hem tape I had in my stash. I'm still having some difficulty with hand sewing, but the hem didn't turn out too bad under the circumstances.

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.
Be blessed y'all!

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  1. Your pretty sleeveless dresses, this ITS one, and the Butterick floral print in the previous post, look so cool and comfortable. Perfect for venturing out in the heat. So now that you have the cowboy hat, how about a pair of cowboy boots?

  2. Another REALLY amazing little dress! I especially love the print on this one (very Bohemian) and the lace-up front is so unique and fun! Your choice of silver cord and grommets is perfection and makes the lace-up styling stand out nicely.
    You're so talented Sharon!
    I also think that including your current struggles with crafting tasks is honest and compelling. The HAT is like a cherry on top!! :-) Much love and a huge hug, Jude

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