I have been busy this week with replacing my old car and cleaning my old one ready to sell. So I have had limited time to sew this week. Just as well I have a dress to blog about that I made earlier this year before winter set in. I'm not sure why, but I never got around to blogging about it. It probably had something to do with lack of time.
The pattern is Burda 6694:
Before I made the dress I made a top (version A ) . I was planning to insert the higher neck into this dress, but after making it up, realised it would be far too tight. So I made the square neckline insert, only raised it as it was far too low on me.
The fabric I used was a thick ponte (polyester, viscose and spandex mix). It was not too stretchy and certainly was thick enough to skim the body nicely. It was purchased from Spotlight - I was lucky, and found just enough in the remmant bin with a price of about $2.50 :). Just right!
I made some alterations to the pattern - the sleeves were shortened 1 inch at the L/S line and another 1 inch came off the hem. I shortened the front 1 inch along the L/S line. I altered the back as I have a narrow and straight back - 1/2 inch at the upper back and through the sleeve, and 1/2 inch at the L/S line. This removed most of the pooling that usually occurs in my middle back without this alteration. I added about 4 inches in length and added a back vent. As I have already mentioned, the insert was made deeper - two inches. Any more than that, and the dress would not go over my head.
The neck is bound by a strip of knit bias. I did not use the ponte, as it was far too thick. I used a piece of leftover cotton jersey. I did widen the bias strip by 5/8 inch, as it was just not wide enough to accommodate the thick layer of ponte:
I added a feature button at the bottom of the insert. And as for sewing, I just used a slight zig zag stitch - I find that my overlocker does not like to sew thick knits together, so I don't argue the case. I also like the look of the slight zig zag !
As my overlocker balks at very thick knits, I decided to bind the armhole seam with stretch lace:
One day I will pull out my old Babylock machine (about 25 years old) and see if that likes thicker knits. I just keep forgetting...
Now for some quick views of this very simple but very nice looking dress:
While I am happy with this dress, I notice I still have the dress dipping at the back and rising at the front. Have you noticed that the Duchess of Cambridge also has this problem? I think it may be something to do with small backs and bottoms, so, if her dresses act in this fashion, I think it is okay if mine do! Until I can work out the solution, that is. I may need to take out more through the back, but I don't like to overdo things, or you end up with the opposite problem.
I'm thrilled I mad this dress because I did not have a practical and smart dress that was easy wear and easy care. While I don't wear dresses much, I do feel much happier having one in the wardrobe for those occasions when I need it.
Until next week, everyone, wishing you a great week ahead,