There's been way more sewing than blogging around these parts this year. I've had a few experiments
Meanwhile there was one outstanding success. What a relief! My daughter asked for a clone of a favourite dress and I came up with this.
The material is a scuba knit from Lincraft.
The inspiration dress below is a little tunic/mini that DD bought last summer from Millers.
Now, I've got to tell you that in the past my efforts at cloning garments from scratch has brought mixed results and I would far rather start with an existing pattern as a base if I can find one close enough. This dress is drafted snuggly through the shoulders then goes wider under the arms. I knew I'd seen something like it in my stash somewhere and dug out all my knit top and knit dress patterns.
The one that I ended up starting with and modifying was the cardigan from the Kwik Sew 2759 twinset reviewed many times on Pattern Review here. I could not find it on the Kwik Sew/McCalls website so it may be out of print. It is one of the patterns that was expertly drafted by the late Kirstin Martensson.
Anyway I took the pattern and modified the neck, added neck binding, narrowed the shoulders to a size S, with the body at a size M, added to the sides and length continuing in the A line of the original dress.
Edit: I noticed later when I was putting all the pattern pieces away that the front neck I drew is the same as the front neck from the tank that is part of the twin suit pattern.
The back neck was copied from the RTW dress.
It all came together well. Needless to say the drafting of KS is better than what I could mange on my own ;)
The sleeve was relatively untouched except it was widened a little at the sides while retaining the size S sleeve cap.
The result? DD has already made the dress a work staple and wants me to try a sleeveless top version with bound armholes. Well I do still have the leftover material :)
Note. I know there are purists that will be horrified that I cut into KS patterns but I know enough to modify it back to a cardi for me if I ever choose to. Also my time and tracing material was limited!