Monday, 18 June 2012

Chevron jersey dress


I've made another jersey dress! And I love it! I used the second pattern I talked about here, figuring why change a winning concept? =) Thank you so much for the input in the comments! I took your advices to my heart and have decided to drop the first pattern and focus on perfecting this one. 
These pictures were taken during our last in-doors social (lindy hop to a great live band) last weekend.


The front. You can see I made an attempt at the hairdo Sara made for me in Stockholm, still need to practice a bit...


From the back. The chevron-pattern on the bodice goes in opposite direction from the pattern on the skirt. It would have been clearer with a true bias, but I was short on fabric. The whole dress came out of 1,4 metres, 150 cm width. There was nothing but tiny scraps left! The neckband creates some ripples, because it's actually a bit too short as I ran out of fabric...


Some construction details: I shortened the bodice 1,5 cm /1", and the skirt 2 cm. I felt the skirt became a little bit too short, so I might add those 2 cm back. This time I stablilized the midriff piece with fusible knit interfacing, as you can see above. 


As all the seams were cut on some kind of bias, I sewed in stablizing tape in all the vertical seams, as well as the underbust seam and the shoulders. To the waist-seam I added a 5mm elastic, to help hold up the weight of the skirt.
With the fusible and the tape, this make feels like it has a much higher quality and durability than the first jersey dress I made with this pattern, and I have a hunch there will be more dresses from this pattern! =) 
All in all, I'm happy with this make, and I've already worn it twice!


Although the future def holds more jersey projects for me, right now I'm back to sewing wovens. I'm working on a very summer-y blouse+skirt combo, a nice little fluff project =)

Have a great week!
Love/ Erika

14 comments:

Evis said...

Du är jättesöt i den!

Eurielle said...

You are so talented and patient in working on your pattern till it's perfect for you . Well done !
I know it's what any bonafide seamstress should be doing but I've been such an approximative seamstress so far and I'm only in the process of learning to sew properly.
You are inspiring and your dress is very cute.

Keep up the good work !

Lady D said...

That dress looks comfy for dancing in.
I've just bought some jersey to try sewing with.

Isis said...

Ursöt!

megafie said...

That looks beautiful! I've been afraid of sewing chevron myself, but seeing your lovely dress is great motivation to give it a try!

Suzy said...

It's gorgeous! You look beautiful! I have started a dress from a vintage pattern with a striped fabric and it's quite similar to yours, expect it's a woven!

Erika said...

Evis; tackar!

Eurielle; thank you so much! Sometimes I think it might be better if I could wing it a bit more, I tend to overwork the toilles... Maybe that's why sewing jersey is a good excercie - I can't do a toille =)

Lady D, thanks! Exciting, looking forward to seeing what you'll make with the jersey.

Isis; Tackar! =)

megafie: Thank you! I was very hesitant about attempting chevron, and almost backed out in the last minute. However, it turned out to be easier than I thought it would be. I suppose it all depends on the fabric... So I'd say go ahed and try!

Suzy: Thank you so much! How great you're working on something similar! I thought it had a vintage feel to it, but hadn't really done any researches =) Looking forward to seeing your finished dress eventually!

Lady D said...

Got inspired by the lindy exchange last week and the vintage fair...so have some ideas to try out.

Tasha said...

Love this! The chevrons are just great, I love that effect. I have yet to take the plunge and sew with jersey, it is a little daunting. :)

Kitten said...

Wow, så snygg den blev! Jag kan nog tänka mig att kvaliteén blev en annan med förstärkningar i sömmen. Vi lärde oss förresten i skolan att man kan använda en remsa av stadkanten ur trikån som förstärkning i t.ex. axelsömmar också...

Annie said...

Vilken underbar klänning! Precis en sådan som jag också går och söker efter. Jättesöt!

Erika said...

Tasha; thank you! I was very hesitant at first as well, but am not happy I took the leap =) Not sure I would have dared it without my serger, but then I have an ancient sewing machine that doesn't do fancy things like an overlock-stitch...

Kitten; tackar! Hmm, intressant med stadkanter som förstärkning... Det här tyget var väldigt sladdrigt, men med en bomullsjersey borde det ju fungera. Ska testas i framtiden! Tack för tipset! =)

Annie: tackar! Åh, jag vet, har letat ett tag efter en sån här. Till slut gav jag upp och gjorde ett eget mönster, lika bra =) Dessutom lite kul att ha gjort även jerseykläder själv! Blir absolut flera klänningar från det här mönstret i framtiden.

Jessica Cangiano said...

Completely lovely, fun dress. I really like the classic colour palette, and could see countless accessories and shoes working with this terrific piece. Great work on it!

♥ Jessica

Erika said...

Thank you, Jessica!