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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Back with BURDA 7646.




 It seems weeks since I last blogged, because it has been weeks since I last blogged.  I have been really busy recently and also very tired.   The two probably go hand in hand.  And the tiredness really shows in today's pictures.

 And any social media time seems to have been taken up by Instagram.

And I find that really, although Instagram is quite addictive - and there are sound psychological reasons why this is so, which I will not go into here - I do not enjoy it that much.  And it is very intrusive, in it's own way.

But I do enjoy blogging. So after I have finished my current Instagram challenge, I will use Instagram sparingly and as an add to my blogging, not the other way around.

Today I am quickly going to show you my latest make.  It's a simple dress made out of a Spotlight remnant of a very fine rayon knit.  I think it also has elastane in it, because it is rather stretchy.

I wanted a dress that I could wear on very hot, humid evenings at home.  I thought this rather bright remnant would do the job nicely.  I chose a Burda pattern,   BURDA 7646:


As you can see, it is a very simple pattern, a front and a back.  I didn't like the V neckline so changed it to a scoop neckline.  The neckline is faced.  I wasn't sure about this on a knit, but decided to try it and see what happened.   What happened is that it is okay, but I don't really like it.  With the fabric I was using though, it probably helps to keep the neckline stable.  


While the dress is certainly as shown on the picture, if you make allowances for the fact that the fabric I used is a lot more flimsy and floppy, and for my altered neckline -  the dress is just like the picture.  I don't think this bright, colourful  and large pattern suits me me, but I  knew that - but thought it would be perfect for the planned activity. And sometimes it's fun to wear something quite different! 

The dress certainly feels like wearing nothing much at all, it is so soft and silky and roomy.  I'm ready for that first really hot night - or day, if it comes to that!

It was also the first time I had sewn this type of knit, and I knew I would probably have problems - and I did.  I could not sew the facing to the neckline easily - the machine did not like this fabric.  So I got out the Coverstitch machine and used a chainstitch for the first time.  And I top stitched with the chainstitch as well.  First time I have done that, so the results are not perfect, but quite passable.

The seams were not problematic, the overlocker had no trouble with them.

Then I did the hem.  I did a sample two thread coverstitch hem and it looked okay.  So I then did the hem - and it tunnelled.  I played with the tension and this still happened.  And the sleeve hems, which go against the direction of stretch, tunnelled so much that I seem to have achieved a pin tuck effect!  So I am calling that a unique design feature.

Puzzled by why this had happened, I played around with the machine settings.  I later discovered that the differential feed needed to be altered.  However, you don't really find examples in books anymore - visuals to show you what various settings do - it's trial and error with these machines.

I am also still having trouble with sewing a hem blind, but that will come with time and practice.

So the dress was a learning experience - which is why I used a remnant piece in a pattern that I was not sure about - so that if the learning experience turned out to be more so, the end result could be binned (or re-used more likely) with nothing lost and much gained.

Now my pictures:








That's it for today, it's nice to be back with you all...

Sarah Liz

18 comments:

  1. I love this! I know you said it's not your aesthetic but I think it suits you and that's probably because the mostly solid is closer to your face, but I love the lilies and the large polka dots. Can't see any tunnelling from here... that chain stitch is quite useful and I forgot completely about it until it happened by accident when a thread came out of one needle. I hope you wear this and I think it looks much better than just an at home dress. I may even see if I can get that fabric I love it so.

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  2. I love this dress. I think you used this material beautifully and it suits you so nicely! Perfect for a summer event.

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  3. I think this looks wonderful on you. I like a scoop neckline also. Very nice change. :)

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  4. I like the dress on you. I don't have a coverstitch machine so I'm afraid don't understand the challenges here.
    I too have been neglecting my blog in favour of IG recently but am moving back as ultimately I find IG less satisfying and more frustrating.

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  5. This is so cute! I love the flower pattern placement you’ve done. And it must be like wearing a nightie if it’s as comfy as it sounds. Winner in my book!

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  6. So nice to see your blog post Sarah Liz. It seems I am not alone in the blog/IG dilemma, neglecting the blog although it is the format I prefer. I think your dress is a real winner, and absolutely love the placement of the flowers. Very elegant, and also comfy! Well done.

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  7. So cute and a perfect fabric for summer!

    As you know, I recently rejoined Instagram, and then forgot about it completely for days on end. I think I'm a blogger for the long haul :)

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  9. I love this dress Sarah Liz, and I may seek out the pattern! I sympathise with your coverstitch woes, as I seem to have to re-set mine constantly. I also share your feelings about blog vs Instagram and not long ago came to the same conclusion. I now don't use social media at all at the weekends, and have stopped posting on IG so regularly. It has had an impact on my following and engagement, but I'm OK with that. I like blogs (writing mine, reading yours, discovering others) and the detail you can go into about a make. I look forward to reading more of yours now you'll be back here more regularly!

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  10. Your dress is lovely and will perfectly suit hot evenings.
    I like the immediacy of instagram and the connection with sewing people who live near me, but who I rarely meet.

    I like blogs (& blogging) because of the level of detail involved, appreciation of writing, appreciation of photography and finally the love of creating that abounds.

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  11. It’s been a while Sarah. What a lovely dress! I love the placement of the fabric. It's so beautiful and looks great on you.

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  12. I love the beautiful lillies on the fabric and it sounds very soft. Some knits are very tricky to sew. I don't own a coverstitch machine but I swear by that fusible hem tape that have transformed my knit hems. I think I am more a blogger than anything but it is starting to feel old fashioned to be one ! Either way I get far more done now if I limit social media which is pretty obvious .

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  13. I LOVE this dress, and it is a good look on you. I only have a serger, no coverstitch machine, so do not share your woes on the tunneling.

    While I have an IG account, I have never used it and don't even check it. I too like the depth of blogging. Have taken some months off social media this year as our (US) politics consumed me, and now am back to blogging and reading.

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  14. LOVE, love, love! your pretty dress!!! It is so nice and flowy one can not see any imperfections at all. The bold print and colors complement (and compliment!) you well. I hope you do wear it and come to love it too. I too struggle with IG and blogging and have done a miserable job with both lately as 'life' has kicked in once again. You've raised valid points about IG and put into words a little of maybe what I've been feeling too. Look forward to always keeping up with what you are making whatever social media platform you use! :)

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  15. I agree IG is addictive. I like it because of the interaction with other sewers. Im finding that blogging is becoming less interactive as people switch over to IG. But like you I am finding it making behind on blogging. I have about 6 things to blog right now! Anyway, this dress....!! You keep continuing to surprise me and this is one of those too. Totally in love with this dress and the fabric is perfectly placed for it. Its so eye catching.

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  16. What a lovely dress, Sarah. The print is so prefect. It looks so great on you.

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  17. The print size is a bit large for your delicate frame, however it sounds like the fabric is the perfect weight for the hot nights we have been having, so it is a win.

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