When I title a blog post with the #1 at the end, it means I’ve found a pattern I like. I have had Seamwork Mesa in my pattern stash for a while and I decided to give it a try with a black ponti di roma remnant from Fabricland.
I made two slight modifications to this dress: lengthening the sleeves to just above my elbows and reducing the shaping at the waist by about an inch. The result is a perfect winter dress that it great for work, or weekends, or going out in the evening… or anything else you want to wear it for!
Ponti di roma is one of my very favourite fabrics to work with. My past ponti makes include both of my side slit maxi skirts (green and burgundy), my self drafted maxi dress, both of my Seamwork Astoria sweatshirts (white and flowers), my Sew Over It Heather dress and my DIY pencil skirt from last month. I like ponti because has both stretch and structure. It is easy to work with and raw edges generally don’t need to be finished.
For the Mesa, I used my serger for everything except the hems, which I used a double needle for. Serging the whole thing made this an incredibly quick make. I did the whole thing, including cutting it out, in an hour and half. If you are looking for a simple knit dress to try, I highly recommend this pattern and this fabric.
My favourite thing about this dress, in addition to how fast and easy it is to make, is the neck line. The wide boat neck is my favourite neckline and this one is perfect. I’m so confident that I will want to wear this dress all the time that I’ve already cut a second one out from another ponti di roma remnant I had in my stash. Stay tuned!