Saturday, 28 March 2015

Anchors Aweigh! Printed Jersey Dress

I posted a sneak peak of this dress on my facebook page yesterday. I got up, decided it was going to be a dressmaking day, and this fabric which has been sat in my stash for some time finally decided what it wanted to be!



It's a 'franken-dress' which started life as a 'Lady Skater' but with numerous chops and changes became something more akin to a 'Moneta' by Colette Patterns. Incidentally the 'Moneta' is pattern of the month over there so if you SUPER quick, it's currently on offer.

So changes:

  • I redrafted the neckline into a wider almost boat neck scoop.


  • I omitted the sleeves and, cutting two of each bodice piece, used the clever 'Datura' construction method for a completely clean internal finish.


  • I changed the skirt shape from a half circle to a gathered rectangle base using clear elastic.



Now as usual this 'make-it-up-as-I-go' dress wasn't entirely plain sailing (get it?). Firstly I used woven elastic to gather the skirt panels. It stretched out due to elastic fatigue and added too much weight and sag when I attached it to the bodice.

Luckily I found that, having not accounted for the lighter weight jersey and the weight of the skirt pulling on the bodice, I had enough extra length to simply cut it off with my rotary cutter for round two.

Next also due to said extra weight, I ended up having to ruin my beautiful neat innards by taking the bodice up at the shoulder seams. I simply stitched them across cutting off the excess and finishing the raw edge with my overlocker.


I should have gone with my gut and not topstitched the armholes and neckline as they're slightly stretched out -I'm hoping this will shrink back a little in the wash.

There was a little tunneling at the twin needle hem, but as usual this pressed out ok. I'm not 100% sold on it's finish but it's perfectly acceptable and wearable.


I was hoping that today could be the first 'no tights' day of spring but alas, the weather has gone from beautiful at 8.30am to horrid at 11am, so this one will have to wait till tomorrow for it's first outing when I shall be wearing it sans tights regardless!

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