Today kicks off Self Sewing Week graciously hosted by Indie Patterns. So before reading the rest of this post, head over and VOTE FOR ME so I can win some awesome swag!
Sew Caroline has created such an amazing basic knit dress pattern. It's so versatile I'm looking forward to making a knee length one.
I love that she gives you two different sleeve options and that the 3/4th length is shaped to fit nicely at your elbow. Not to mention that there are pockets! You want to sell me on a dress pattern, put pockets in it!
I did some alterations to the pattern. Shortened it by 2", curved the back bodice pattern up at the waist rather than down because I wanted a fitted waist. I also added clear elastic into the seams around the waist, and the shoulder seams so that they wouldn't get stretched out with wear.
I used the floss gathering method to gather the skirt, and I will say now that I will never go back to the basting stitch.
Caroline also recommends using a fused webbing at the hem and sleeve to prevent rolling. It works!
Even after washing and drying it the hem laid nicely without having to iron. That is a huge win, especially for a dress that is made for day to day wear. And I may just wear this dress every day! Don't judge me!
Look at my kids waiting so patiently! Don't worry they were rewarded with frozen custard!
Now lets talk fabric! I had decided on this maxi dress sure that I had fabric in my stash that would work, However, Not only did I not have enough of 1 piece of fabric but I had nothing that screamed "SPRING IS HERE!" So I headed to Joann's to find the most lovely light weight impressionistic floral knit that has ever existed. Using my 50% coupon I got it for about $5 a yard. Not too bad! And I mean, what is more Spring than florals?
Indie Sew has a whole week's worth of projects coming, so it's okay to be just a bit selfish and make something all for you! And if you REALLY want to help me win you can VOTE FOR ME DAILY throughout this week! I promise I'll share!