I am a big fan of Finnish blog Mekkotehdas. Few years ago they published their first sewing book of dresses for girls to 128 cm tall. I loved this book! This spring they came out with a new book, Mekkotehdas Aikuisille (Dress factory for grown ups). I met Sunna and Kirsi, the girls behind the blog and a photographer Krista Keltanen in Tallinn, Estonia this week and we had a lovely afternoon wandering around Tallinn Old Town. They also gave me their new book which I was so happy about! Next day, after closing the book I jumped right into sewing. The book was just so inspiring that I had to sew something from it right this moment
I chose the dress Inger from the book and a soft rayon from my stash. Actually, I bought this fabric from Helsinki, Finland, where the authors live
According to the measurements given in the book, I should have taken the pattern for size 36 but as usual, I went for a size smaller. This is what I usually do, after measuring the pattern and comparing it with my existing garment, of course.
The only thing I changed was the length. Everything else is like the pattern called. The dress has a zipper in the back but it goes on and comes off even without opening the zipper. As the fabric is quite sheer I added a silk lining. The rayon I used is very soft so I didn’t want to ruin the feeling by adding “cold” lining. Silk feels warm! I used up a silk top I had bought from thrift store with future sewing projects in mind. I often by silk garments from thrift store just because the fabric as the new silk fabric is quite expensive.
This dress reminds me my high school days back in the nineties:) I used to have similar dress then. This dress is a bit out of the box for me though as I usually tend to choose patterns with fitted bodice. This dress has only bust darts, so it hangs loose and is therefore extra comfortable. For me, this fabric print combined with the pattern has definitely nineties vibe
About the book. I really enjoy Mekkotehdas style and feeling. Sunna and Kirsi together with photographer Krista take you to a fairytale created for people who love creating beautiful dresses, host cute little parties, walk in the woods and by the seaside… The book is not just about the patterns to make the dresses – it is the feeling you get.
There is about ten dress patterns in this book including one for girls up to 140 cm tall. The book also incorporates instructions for making a make-up bag, a beach tote, scarf with tassels and wrist warmers.
And after closing the book, you genuinely believe that from now on you will only wear cute dresses!