Dear Fellow Bloggers
Immediately after completing my too-much-work red velour muslin that didn't become a velvet jacket, I happened upon some irresistable brown jungle print on the bargain table of my local Spotlight. A Very Easy Vogue dress pattern from my stash came to mind, so I bought 1.5m of the material, thinking it would be more than enough. I lashed out and spent $9. This probably sound like too much to Americans used to $2 bargains but trust me this was good quality knit for half price. Any way I could visualise it as a nice little dress with a pleated neckline similar to the drawing.
I had sewn this dress twice before and neither was a success. The first time I did it out of a slinky satin and although it looked good I had not allowed for enough ease across the shoulders and armpits and therefore the dress didn't get worn much which was a pity. The general rule for using a woven on a pattern that is designed for knits is to go up a size, but to have the pleats fall properly and to have enough ease for movement I should have added one inch all around and taken it down from there. Ah live and learn.The second time I did a winter version in a plain Manhattan knit with sleeves and the material was just that little bit too heavy. Is this starting to sound like Goldilocks and the three bears?
Anyway this time I got it right - a soft fluid slinky knit.
It is amazing what self bindings, back seams and a bit of determination can do.
I will do a review of both patterns on Pattern Review later.
I'm really happy how both items turned out but especially the dress.