Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Paisley Border




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!


Sources:
Border print cotton jersey: Mill End Textiles
Nana Knit Dress: Ottobre 6-2008-37

22 comments:

  1. Well its a cute dress on a cute little girl :O).. but I have to say I am with Sara on the whole dress thing LOL. I have bought a couple patterns thinking I would maybe make them. I see some on blogs and I really think are cute, but to date there are zero dresses in my closet. The one dress up affair I attend annually I have worn black slacks, heels and a nice top. sighhh ya I just never seem to think I like a dress LOL... :O). Oh and I got married in jeans and cowboy boots... yes really LOL.. Just me and the honeyman in our jeans and boots, 28 years ago LOL. Oh well the JP was there :O) and umm the gal he pulled out of his office to be witness LOL...

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    1. Hehe! Well, that sounds like my dream wedding. I'm sure she'd be tempted by the jeans and cowboy boots idea (:

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  2. I can definitely see Sara wear a striking wedding dress that has no poofiness in it.
    For now, this dress is really lovely on her.

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    1. Yes, I can see her wearing something clean cut and sophisticated.

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  3. Cute dress and I love how you have used the border print.

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    1. Thanks! I've been having fun with border prints lately.

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  4. I think the dress is very beautiful. No advice on the sleeves. As far as spelling goes? I can not throw stones - however.....my embroidery machine has a button that says FOWARD . Meaning to move in the front direction. In some languages....I guess the R is too hard to pronounce so why print it too????

    Sam

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    1. Printing machines with a typo is worse than a misspelling on fabric!

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  5. That fabric is gorgeous, what a pretty dress! I had to smile at her opinion on weddings; well I certainly wasn't going to get married and keep house, and look at me now ;-)

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    1. Thanks! I was never going to get married either. I imagined myself exploring jungles, making archaeological discoveries...

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  6. I love the dress! I'll have to look for that pattern. I just tried to make a knit top for myself and was very challenged using my coverstitch for the hem. Definitely not because of the thickness. I guess there is a learning curve for me with knits and a coverstitch machine.

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    1. I do think there'e a learning curve with coverstitching. Really thin fabrics give me the most trouble.

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  7. I really like the way you used the boarder print.
    Your story about her dislike of poofy dresses, made me think of a picture I once saw of Bianca and Mick Jagger getting married. That was some white pantsuit!

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    1. That was some wedding suit - classic 1970s.

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  8. Pisley...too funny. What a great dress--the pleating on the sleeves is a great detail. I'm trying to think how you could cut down the bulk, but I'm at a loss.

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    1. Pisley cracked me up. I bought the fabric at a discount warehouse (my usual fabric source) - I wonder if it was ever sold retail with that misspelling.
      I needed to keep the pleats from pulling apart when they went under the machine. Trying to do that with the sleeves already sewn...not so neat.

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  9. he he great border name!! That giggle aside, I love this - I particularly like the yoke - it is so pretty & comfy too I bet.

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    1. I got a good laugh from that border name! I like the yoke too and can see more of this pattern in the future.

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  10. Sara looks so pretty in this dress! but her comment made me smile! Hehe, maybe she will have changed her mind when her wedding day comes around! Your green dress is beautiful too. I hope you enjoyed the wedding! imo there is nothing more fun than a big old family wedding :)

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    1. In so many years, who knows how much she'll have changed her mind (: And yes, it's fun having all the family gathered in one place, eating good food.

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