Clare spotted this fabric at Darn Cheap Fabrics when I was on a stash enhancement visit one day. The printed side is smooth, and the reverse soft and fleecy. She wanted an easy warm winter dress.
I reprinted the pattern and taped pieces together to eliminate the contrasting sections. Then I was left with a very straightforward front pattern piece, back pattern piece and sleeve pattern piece. I cut size 146 and added some length- I remembered that last year’s dress was very short! I cut full length sleeves, narrowing them toward the wrist, and eliminated the back zipper completely. So really, imagine the line drawing of the original pattern simplified to the absolute basics!
Because there was a definite “stripe” to the print, once again I had to pay attention to print matching. I tend to match from the armholes down, and from the bottom of the armscye up for raglan sleeves. In this case I cut the front piece first, then lined it up beside the back piece to ensure that the print would run across it properly.
I cut a neckband from black viscose spandex and cut it to length and applied it according to Gillian’s tutorial. Way easier than attempting a neckband in the self fabric, and I think a better finish than using a facing around the neckline. The black contrast just somehow finishes the otherwise super simple dress quite nicely.
Construction was all on the overlocker, but I did use the sewing machine with a twin needle to finish around the neckline and to hem the sleeves and the bottom of the dress. This was SO fast to sew. I think including printing the pattern and cutting out the dress it took around an hour. Maybe an hour and a half. And most importantly – it was exactly what Clare had envisaged. The sewing mum wins again!
Speaking of sewing mums winning, if you don’t already follow the blog Five and Counting, you definitely should. Nicole sews the most divine clothing for her entire family, including herself, her husband, and her six children who range in age from toddler to young adult. She does beautiful work, always incorporating the wishes of her kids into what she sews. Her blog is a must read.