We have two great options: the superb lightweight, versatile Hemp/Organic Cotton Denim and this one used below, which is 25% Hemp 75% Cotton, a substantial 340gsm yet actually quite smooth, supple and a little drapey. At 150cm wide, the dress below was eked out of a 110cm cut.
The dress is Style A from the Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori - the translated and western-sized version which we have in the shop:
The sizing is very generous - in fact whilst I measured a size 14, I use the size 10 in this pattern and even still took it in a bit at the sides because the denim sits in a more pronounced A-line shape. The pattern has bust darts and soft gathers at the front for shaping, and for further shape and visual interest I added a button tab at the centre back to cinch it in a little. The tab was made with three layers of denim for structure and the buttonholes made with a fabulous vintage Singer buttonholer attachment. Buttons are handmade porcelain from Hobart, and have been sitting in my stash for a couple of years!
Friends, I cannot say enough good things about sewing and wearing this denim. It is easy to cut and sew and has enough suppleness that even sewing through multiple layers and joins is no problem. It holds its shape well and does not crease easily. Possibly best of all, it has an apparently Teflon-like ability to repel dirt: I have worn this at least five times (with tops and leggings underneath) and it still doesn't seem to need a wash. How eco-friendly is that? (I promise it doesn't smell either. Does it Fiona? No, she says!)
- Jane & Fiona xx