firstly, i should note that my blog graphics have been vastly improved by the very talented alex from when all you need is... she has done an AMAZING job for me and am really happy that my graphics now reflect a bit of the real ernest flagg.
back to the challenge - a seasonal challenge where lara and i use the same fabric from darn cheap fabrics and make up whatever takes our fancy. i had some surgery on my leg and haven't been able to travel to melbourne for a while so lara did the choosing this time. when she messaged me a pic of the fabric i loved it immediately, if i had been at dcf with her it is definitely a fabric i would have been drawn to straight away. lara's message said it was a poly knit, almost like a fine gauge jumper knit. its a lovely fabric and very stable to sew.
my make is a moneta / lady skater mash up and i am thrilled with how it worked out. i have never hacked patterns together before but figured a knit would be very forgiving so went for it without a stunt run.
i have made the lady skater previously, a great pattern but the main problem for me, as rachel points out is also an issue for her with the dixie diy ballet dress is that it hugs the tummy a bit too much for me. hence i thought the moneta would be a good option as it has a gathered skirt.
i bought the colette moneta pattern before googling for reviews. once it was in my inbox i started to look for some reviews and rachel's was one of the first that came up. she points out that she got excess fabric in the upper bust area. when i stuck the pdf together it struck me that the bodice looked like a weird shape at the side seams so i decided to do a mash up with the kitschychoo lady skater.
i did the following simple mash up:
- used the lady skater bodice, straightened off the bottom and added the moneta neckline
- used the moneta skirt
i used 3/8" seam allowance throughout, except for joining the bodice to the skirt where i used 1/2" to give me a smidgen more allowance to help get some nice gathers. when joining the bodice to the skirt i started the gathers in ernest from about 1 and 3/4"from the side seams so that i don't get extra bulk near my hips.
i constructed the entire dress on my overlocker (a first for me) and used a twin needle on my sewing machine for the neckline and hems. about a minute after sewing the shoulders and sleeves on it occurred to me that i really should have lined the bodice but at this stage i couldn't be bothered unpicking the sleeves. its ok, but i might look into getting a slip to wear underneath it for a bit of extra warmth in winter.
this will be a great dress for work and works well with a black jacket. it is a perfect addition to my 'no iron' work wardrobe. win!
doing all of the construction on my overlocker made this an incredibly quick make and i will be on the look out for another suitable fabric to make this dress again to add to my no iron work wardrobe. i am quite new to turning under necklines and sewing them down with a twin needle. does anyone have any tips on how to approach the shoulder seams? my machine struggles getting over the seam bulk. having said that i really should just start using my cover stitch machine now i seem to have conquered my fears with overlockers…
even though its been a while since posts i have been doing a lot of sewing so if i can get some photos taken i have lots more to show you in future posts.
now i'm excited to go and check out lara's make.