If she had her druthers, Sara would never wear any dresses. We went to a wedding last weekend and Sara's take-away thought was, "I never want to get married because I don't want to wear a poofy dress." I do happen to have a Burda magazine pattern for a wedding jacket and slacks ensemble for the bride! But maybe she'll change her mind when/if the day comes. Or I'll pay her to elope.
But for now I made her a dress for the wedding (to be blogged later) and this knit dress. Knit dresses are like long t-shirts and therefore quick to make.
In the line drawing, you can see the details much better. The sleeve caps are gathered and the sleeves hems are pleated. The yoke is a single layer and all the hems - even the neckline - are coverstitched.
The dress on the magazine model looked fairly short, so I added a couple of inches to the length. But I think the original length would have been better, especially since much of the shaping is lost with the long length. If I didn't have a border print, obviously I would just shorten it.
I think the pattern has great potential, and I'd like to try it in a solid color, to emphasize the details.
The sleeves are pleated then hemmed, and cramming that pleated fabric under my coverstitch machine foot meant something of an ugly hem. Is there a better way to do this? Hemming it in the flat or I suppose basting the whole thing first, would help.
I thought you'd enjoy the selvedge printing on this one. And here all this time I thought it was a paisley border!
Border print cotton jersey: Mill End Textiles
Nana Knit Dress: Ottobre 6-2008-37