Here is the dress I wore at the wedding in Abruzzo. The photos were taken at the reception venue…it’s a very typical Italian wedding venue.
When I started considering making a dress, I didn’t have much time left but I had this fabric in my stash. I had fallen for this fabric last time I was in Rome and visited a new-to-me fabric store called Diffusione Tessile. What I would call a dress fabric heaven as it’s filled with bargain pre-cuts nicely arranged on hangers with a tag specifying the width and lenght. Besideds, it’s not a messy store…something I highly appreciate. At the time, I had no idea what to do with the fabric, but I bought it anyway.
Clearly the design posed a problem when trying to figure out a suitable pattern. It has an L-shape over two panels and it’s a dreapey jersey knit. So, the only option I could think of was a rectangle maxi dress. From that point on my mind when blank and resorted to the Internet to search for pattern ideas. Eventually, I settled for Cation Designs Maxi Dress Pattern tutorial (I really love her drawings)
I have to admit it took me much longer than an hour to make it! I used the fabric left to make a belt. I cut the fabric to match the design at least at the front as I wanted to avoid breaking the motif. The only thing I regret about this dress is the length. I cut it to 44 inches as suggested on the tutorial. I figured it would be floor length as I am 5.3 (1.60 m) and she is 5.5 (1.65 m). You can imagine my surprise when I tried it on. As you can see it reaches my calf…and it’s not like I have long legs!
The best thing about this dress is that the fabric doesn’t wrinkle… perfect for travelling!
Fabric Store in Rome
Diffusione Tessile 97
Via Mattia Battistini 175
Closest subway stop: Metro A Battistini (8-minute walk). 7 Stops away from Spagna station and 5 from San Pietro – Musei Vaticani (St. Peter’s). Bonus: you get to see a non-touristy residential area.
Walking directions from Battistini station
Below is a picture of the actual store, so you won’t miss it if you go. It doesn’t look like much from the outside but there are two floors with plenty of dress and home dec fabric. They had plenty of choice for lycra/dancewear (that’s where I bought mine for the show)