I made a new dress, and I am in love with it. It’s so comfortable!
For the pattern, I did the same thing that I did for this dress. I took my Scoop Tee Pattern and my Maxi Skirt Pattern and lined them up at the hip to make a dress.
Then for the two front pockets, I basically traced around my hand and added a seam allowance.
I’ve had this fabric for awhile. I love the print so much, but the fabric is so incredibly thin that it’s see-through. I couldn’t decide if I wanted to use it because of its see-throughness, but I finally decided I would because I love those chunky stripes. I definitely have to wear an undershirt and a slip with this dress, though.
You can clearly see the undershirt through the dress.
I have tried a few ways for making my collars, but I always go back to cutting a long strip of fabric and going by feel instead of cutting a strip that is a certain percentage shorter than the neck opening. Since every fabric has such different stretch I find it hard to do it that way. Plus, I like to pull the collar fabric tighter around the deeper curves of the neck than around the more shallow curves. This video I found shows exactly what I like to do:
And that’s it. I love knit fabric. It is the best!
I have a new outfit. The skirt is from my maxi skirt pattern. I added about an inch to the length of this one because I wanted it a little longer than others I’ve made.
I got a really good deal on a Craftsy class called Pant Fitting Techniques. I’ve been watching it and I’ve learned some nice things so far. One thing I realize now is that my natural waistline is high in the back and pretty low in the front. So for this skirt, I came down lower gradually from the side seams and ended up two inches lower at the center front.
I’m not sure if that makes sense, and I forgot to take a picture of the waistline. But I really like how it fits me now. I don’t have to slouch the front down to where I want it to hit because the waistband just hits there.
I used the regular scoop tee sleeve for this one, but I did add a little bit of width to the sleeve. Last year when I drafted this pattern I didn’t have much muscle mass in my arms. But then I started swinging heavy kettlebells (heavy for me anyway!) and over the past year, I’ve grown some guns and my pattern fits a little snugly in the bicep area. The pattern slopes in a little for the body of the sleeve, so I changed it to be at a 90 degree angle with the end of the armscye. That gave me just a bit of room, but it was enough.
For both the top and the skirt I used rayon fabric with a little bit of spandex in it. I just love the drape of rayon so much.
I love working with knits because they’re so easy. I had a new skirt and top real quick and they’re very comfortable too.