I’ve signed up for this year’s Sew my Style challenge. Unlike last year, I fully intend to make all of the items in this years list. I’ve jumped ahead of the game with January’s challenge, making it while still on Christmas holidays.
I had the perfect fabric for a ‘sunny’ dress – a jersey fabric by Dana Willard from www.madeeveryday.com
I’m not too sure about the drafting and instructions for this pattern, and while I went with for the pattern, I did my own tried and tested method instead of using the instructions.
I cut and traced the pattern for my son’s girlfiend’s size and cut out the fabric. It didn’t use much fabric at all – I was able to cut all of the pieces within the length of the dress (about a metre).
I only used the serger and the cover stitch for this pattern. It’s nice to ‘whip up’ a dress. Contrary to the pattern suggesting sewing up the side seams first and inserting the sleeve, I sewed the shoulders together, then inserted the sleeves flat, then sewed up the arm and sides in one.
I then folded over twice the skirt and sleeve hems, plus the neckline and double stitched with the cover stitch et voila!
Here are some pictures of Jodhi wearing the dress:
As soon as I saw the dress on Jodhi I thought she looked amazing. It really made her look fab. She is not convinced, but I disagree wholeheartedly with her! What do you think?
I ended up making a second one for Jodhi – at her request. She wanted it more of a top but to cover her bum and she chose the fabric. Initially I was just turnning the hem, arms and neckline under and topstitching but I wasnt happy with the result. So I decided to put bands on all of those areas but to switch the stripes around for an extra bit of interest.
The fabric wasnt the worst I’d worked with but I had dealt with better, so it was a little frustrating and I was pleased when it was finished.
Jodhi really loved her dress/top so that made the effort worthwhile (she’s extremely fussy about what she will wear).
I also made one for myself but as a plus size person, it looks ridiculous on. My fabric choice – a baby pink crepe scuba – didn’t help matters. It showed every lump and bump and left nothing to the imagination. The neckline also stretched out a lot and is wavy so that has gone on the pile to recycle the fabric. You can’t win em all, eh!?
Until next time, thanks