Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Seamwork Mojave in Gauze

The Seamwork Mojave dress/beach cover-up/kaftan/tunic thing caught my eye right away when it came out, but I only just got around to sewing it while on my recent Labor Day Seamwork bender (see also: Seamwork Akita, Seamwork Mesa). I love the neckline and the little gathers below the bust...


Turns out I had the perfect fabric for the Mojave in my stash, the perfect occasion for which to sew a beach cover-up, and the perfect excuse for a new cover-up.


The fabric: some kelly green gauze I have had in my stash for several (4?) years now. I bought it from Fabric.com on clearance. It was ridiculously cheap, if I recall.  It's quite thin and sheer, very soft, a bit shifty to sew with, permanently wrinkled, but perfect for this style of loose kaftan.


The occasion: a good friend's wedding weekend extravaganza at a gorgeous vacation house on the Chesapeake Bay.


The excuse: I somehow managed to lose my other me-made beach cover-up, a batik Burdastyle Anda, which is not the end of the world, as it had seen far too many scuba diving trips and had a permanent seawater/locker room funk ingrained in it.


My sewing notes: this is a very quick and easy sew, as advertised. Even quicker, if like me, you skip finishing the seams separately and pressing them open, but instead opt for finishing them together and pressing them to the back.


I did have a little bit of trouble sewing the two adjacent pieces of the yoke together. I ended up with a small space between them, which is fine, but not how it's supposed to look. The slit is a bit low-cut anyway. I think next time I might try to devise a way to have the yoke be one piece with a slit, rather than two separate pieces that abut one another.


Also, the neckline is really wide on this dress. Really wide. I know my incompetence with the yoke is exacerbating this, but I still think it would be really wide even if I hadn't screwed that up. It slips off my shoulders a bit, so I imagine it would be tough for a woman with narrower shoulders than mine. You can see it sliding wider and wider below, opening at the center yoke:


I also had to topstitch the back facing down, as it would not stop flipping outwards. (Forgot to take photos of the back, sorry, but it's a basic back piece with no darts.)


I still really like the final product, though! I just know that if I were intending to wear it as anything other than a beach cover-up, I would need to make some adjustments to the neckline/yoke to make it work.

Here it is in action in the wild, if you will, at the Chesapeake Bay wedding extravaganza:


22 comments:

  1. Very nice Mojave! I actually ended up making a center back seam and taking 4 inches (!!) out of it to make mine fit better through the shoulders. To fix the low cut things (since I wanted mine to be more day wear than beach wear), I just hand stitched the V shut on the bottom 2 inches. I like your one piece yoke idea better, though, would love to see it if you try it!

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    1. Wow- 4 inches! Good idea to stitch the V shut...

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  2. yes!! i love makes in the wild - after seeing it in person - it is a great beach cover up!

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    1. ;-) Just for you, since it's your special week.

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  3. I made one of these last night! I am very small in the shoulders and it is very very wide around the neck, but like you, I'm wearing mine as a coverup so it's okay, but it is hard to keep on! Yours is very cute!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! I agree- the wide neck is ok for a cover-up, but would need some tweaking to make it wearable as a dress!

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  4. This is really cute on you. I've really liked the ones that I've seen sewn up (particularly Megan's who commented above)--it seems like it's the perfect little cover-up pattern.

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  5. This looks like the perfect beach cover-up and I love that kelly green! You are all about the seamwork patterns lately, good for you! I'm glad to see them made up! Hope you had fun at the wedding!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Yeah, I definitely went on a Seamwork bender- I've been liking their recent stuff!

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    2. I hope you try those Moji pants - they look awesome!

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    3. Ha ha - I haven't made that pattern yet, but I am curious, too!

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  6. Yours looks so much cuter than mine. I think because the fabric you used is better suited for the project and such a gorgeous color.

    I really enjoyed making mine. It was a quick project and I played around with my decorative stitches around the neckline to add some extra fun. But it's not really wearable other than as a beach coverup. I would be very interested in a daytime wearable version of this pattern because it's cute.
    http://www.clothinghacker.com/2015/08/12th-man-seamwork-mojave.html

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    1. Yours is really fun- great idea to add decorative stitching! I think you're right: as is, the Mojave works as a cover-up, but not a dress. Too wide at the neck! My bra straps would show.

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  7. That looks super cute on you! :)

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  8. It's so cute and summery!!! Love!! As a beach coverup, the low-cut-ness and wide shoulders don't matter as much, but I can absolutely see how this could be improved to make a more casual-weekend farmers' market type dress. I love that you are sewing the Seamwork patterns!! I am so excited to follow suit!

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    1. Thanks, Inder! Seamwork's had some cute stuff lately. Can't wait to see your take on some of them!

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  9. Looks perfect for the beach. I would like to add a button at the top of the front neckline for daytime wear....

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    1. Ooooh- good idea. A button and a little loop could work!

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  10. Super cute! I love that shade of green. I had similar problems with the neck being too wide and had to remove a few inches from the center back. I sewed a panel inside the yoke for the deep v, but it's a little fussy and doesn't sit quite right. I may just go back and partially sew up the v like Megan suggested.

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I think sewing up the V after the fact is definitely a good idea. I'm still trying to figure out a way to make the yoke one piece for a future Mojave. I'll be sure to post about it if I do!

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