I recently acquired a printer through a local swap/sell/give Facebook group and I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say it’s changed my life.  That, and receiving March’s Seamwork Magazine, I had to make the Catarina dress RIGHT THEN.


I used a red rayon (?) from my stash (that I also used to make my first Deer & Doe Datura blouse) and I love it so.  I’m almost ready to take on the summer heat in this dress.


I didn’t have any bra strap rings and sliders (and no patience to get any!) so I made the straps adjustable by pulling and tying them at the back, foregoing the waist tie.    As the day goes on, the straps slide in towards the middle and the back poufs out, but I actually don’t mind it.


I didn’t have enough fabric, so I shortened the skirt by about 5″.  I used a red ‘ninja star’ polyester (also used for Seamwork’s Akita blouse) from my stash for the bodice lining and bias hem facing.  I like the little peeks of pattern.



I cut out a size 12 based on my measurements, but this one is so roomy, I think I could go down a size (or two, even).


I’m sad I used up the last of this red fabric but I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this lovely piece this summer and making more!


3 thoughts on “Catarina.

  1. Love the red! Thanks for the inspiration, I need to dig out my machine and have a little fun. Love how you rework / modify each pattern with such ease.

  2. I stumbled across this when searching for versions of Catarina made up and I love it! It’s a super cute dress on you and the back tie adds a really nice detail. :)

    1. Thanks so much, Alice! It’ll be so lovely for the humid summers of the south and I’ll definitely make it again. Good luck on making your own!

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