Gertie’s Nani Iro sundress

Today we’ve got a guest post by Gertie Pye from Quilting for England! She’s made a gorgeous Figgy’s Zephyr sundress with Nani Iro double gauze that any little girl would love. Read on to find out how she customised the pattern to make the dress her own!

Figgy's Zephyr dress

Fed up of the recent winter weather? Then what better way to bring in summer than to whip up a floaty sundress for your favourite little lady! The Zephyr sundress / romper pattern from Figgy’s has lots of lovely little features which make this outfit extra special without being too complicated.

Figgy's Zephyr romper and sundress

Supplies (for age 6-7 dress):
3/4 metre of double gauze for the main dress and shoulder straps (I used Little Letter by Nani Iro)
1/4 metre of quilting weight cotton for the yoke (I used Kona solid in Rose)
2 buttons

The beauty of this dress is that it uses quilting weight cotton for the yoke, which gives the garment stability, and double gauze for the main dress, which is beautifully floaty and light for summer. If you haven’t used double gauze before, do give it a try – I had worried beforehand that it might be difficult to sew, but it was very well-behaved and gives a beautiful drape which is perfect for dressmaking.

The plaited shoulder straps are a lovely feature on this dress. I used double gauze for my shoulder straps as this fabric lends itself well to being manipulated. You will need a loop turner or similar to pull the spaghetti straps through in order to plait them. It is a bit of a fiddle at first but once you have done a couple you will get the knack!

Figgy's Zephyr

Having looked at various Flickr photos of Zephyr sundresses, I decided to customise mine by adding a couple of simple side ties at the waist. These were just 2 strips of double gauze sewn together which I then pinned into the side seams before sewing up the 2 sides of the dress.

Figgy's Zephyr romper and sundress


Figgy's Zephyr romper and sundress

The button loops at the front of the yoke are made by the same technique as the shoulder straps. This is another lovely bit of decoration that makes this little dress a little bit more special. The yoke is then topstitched all the way around to secure it and hide all the seams. I used matching thread but you could use a contrasting thread for a different look.

Figgy's Zephyr romper and sundress

The very last step is to add two pretty buttons to the yoke. Ta-daaa!

Now we just need some summery weather!

Thank you Gertie!

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