I can't quite remember how much fabric I purchased - I think maybe 2.5m which was enough to cut the skirt on the bias with a centre front and centre back seam. I cut a size 4 which is pretty much consistent with my measurements. I followed the instructions of basting the side seams once I had the bodice together to test sizing as I didn't make a muslin. I then went ahead and sewed the straight size 4.
I am new to sewing knits, but this went together easily. Most of the care was given to stripe matching which worked out quite well in the end.
|Stripe matching at front centre seam + water stain I somehow managed to get from the plants just before this pic was taken|
The stripe matching didn't start so well for the sleeves. Not having sewn stripes much before I originally cut the sleeves matching the stripes at the shoulder seam. When I started pinning I realised this was a problem and luckily had enough fabric to cut some new sleeves. This time I chose a stripe to match at the upper bust area and it all worked out OK from there.
|Sleeve stripe matching|
I used my coverstich machine for the neck, sleeves and hem. I have never used an overlocker so it is a bit of learning curve with the differential. Here's another stripe matching pic, just cause.
As I was pretty happy how this turned out I went and cut 2 more, but with short sleeves. I didn't consider it at the time, but the fabric for the new dresses was lighter weight and not as stable. I should have shortened the bodice a bit due to the pull of the fabric, but in the end I just gave the dresses bigger waist seams. I still wear the other 2, but do think that I should unpick the seams and elastic and shorten the bodice marginally. The only problem is I have way too many things on my to sew list so I doubt this will happen.
I also had some small scraps left over, perfect for some little tees for bub presents. This is the flashback skinny tee pattern, which is a great pattern that goes together easily.
The second tee is made from a few tees I got for myself on sale, but when I got them home I realised I was tempted by the sale and they were just a bit tight...