OK, I know I said that I had a couple of tops to show you but I made a dress and it pushed its way to the front of the blogging queue!
I used the fabric that I bought at the Spoolette meet up at Dewsbury. It’s quite a thick jersey fabric (I’m sure it’s got a proper name like ponte but I’m not 100% certain as it didn’t have a label!) This is my second attempt at sewing a garment in a knit fabric. The first one (here) was fun to sew (not to cut out) but it’s all pulled out of shape now – not enough to stop me wearing it though!
This dress was a nightmare to sew because my sewing machine really wasn’t coping with it at all. I used either a stretch stitch or an overcasting stitch – both of which I’ve used before with no problems but this time my thread kept doing this:
When I was on the stretch stitch, literally every cm or two I would hear a clunking sound and my thread would snap. It wasn’t so bad using the overcasting stitch but it still did broke every 20 cm or so. This ought to have been a quick sew but the constant stop-starting made it take ages. I tried adjusting my thread tension, my foot pressure. I re-threaded multiple times, used a ball point needle, used quality thread and it kept on doing it. Does anyone have any ideas?
A little bit of sewing origami but it was perfectly explained on this YouTube tutorial here. I made a small error at the back where my back seam doesn’t match perfectly at the neck line and some of the facing pops out, but I can live with it.
The only ‘thing’ I have with this dress, which I only realised after seeing these photos, is that the fabric shows EVERY lump and bump. I have a lot of these and there’s a reason why you can’t see my bottom half in the above photo! I think I would like to make it again in a patterned fabric as it might disguise all the lumps and bumps!
This will make a great dress to take on holiday though. Just pulls on over the head and no ironing required!