Knipmode jersey dress

I’m always on the lookout for patterns for jersey dresses. I fluctuate a lot in weight because of water retention through hormonal changes and so jersey dresses are perfect for me. I love a jersey dress with a retro vibe and so I was pretty happy when Knipmode April was delivered to my doorstep.

It had this pattern in it:

If you buy the pdf (only €4,95), you get all three variations. I wanted the slim skirt with the longer sleeves. I really love the shawl collar and the cut of the skirt. I love those skirts that emphasize the midriff.

I had this cotton jersey that I got from Naaiplezier (I think this one’s gone now, but they have a great selection and I would happily buy everything from that shop!). I needed about 1,5 metres to make this version (do not follow the cutting lay-out from Knip) in size 40.

It really was a breeze to make. I honestly don’t follow instructions these days and if you have made dresses before you can easily make this without instructions. Just follow the notches and pleats on the pattern pieces. Do remember that Knipmode, like Burda, doesn’t add seam allowances, so you would need to add those yourself. Knipmode also has a lot of ease so I went one size down, but added some length (about an inch) to the skirt. Overexposed shot of the midriff:

Overexposed shot of the back (I hunch fyi):

Not going to be the last version I’ll make of this dress. I’m also looking forward to making the topversion.

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Colette Patterns Myrna dress

It seems my relationship with Colette Patterns is having a bit of a renaissance as I have made my second Colette pattern in two months and it has been a great experience. The Myrna dress came out recently and I fell hard for it and got it immediately. It hits that sweet spot of seventies does forties for me. Then I received the prettiest viscose in my February box from Sew Hayley Jane:

It’s from Art Gallery Fabrics and it’s from the Tiny Dancer series. I knew it would become the Myrna dress immediately. It’s floaty and summery and the dress could become a perfect summer party dress.

This was a nice pattern to sew. It runs true to size and everything came together perfectly. After Claudette this is another great experience with a Colette pattern. I know they lost their mojo for a while, but I’m definitely enthusiastic again about the patterns. I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern and am very pleased with the fit. It’s only fitted at the waist and I chose my size based on finished measurements. I chose to have 2 centimeters ease. There’s 3 darts on the back neckline and the front is shaped by gathering. The gored skirt has 8 skirtpieces.

I used a couple of different finishes on this. The neckline was finished with foldover elastic. This will ensure that the neckline won’t stretch out and gives it the perfect amount of body.

I finished the seams with pinking scissors. This gives you a finish that won’t show up on the right side of the fabric, which is very nice with lightweight fabric like this. I used a rolled hem on the bottom and sleeves.

Will make this again!

Burdastyle: and now the real thing

Remember this dress?

It was inspired by this Burdastyle dress:

I did not have enough fabric for the real thing, but I kept thinking about a white version of this dress and so I bought fabric and traced the pattern (I always put off tracing, but it’s never as bad as anticipated). I used my new rotary cutter and it made the proces of cutting so much faster. The pattern itself was easy to sew up. I didn’t use the instructions. My order of sewing has been firmly ingrained by my sewing teacher. I did read through the instructions to avoid making the same mistake I made with my Orsola (I sewed up the straps first, not the way to go). I sew up the entire front first, then the entire back, add sleeves, sew the sideseam in one continuous flow, finish neck, sleeves and hem.

I got the fabric from here. It’s called optical white and lovely to work with. The pattern calls for 3 metres, but because the fabric is broad I managed to cut it out of two metres instead. There was a slight cutting mishap on the front bodice, which I discovered after attaching the knot and skirt and then decided to fix by making a yoke.

I’m pretty happy with this dress. It’s nice for those inbetween seasons months, like March and October.

Will definitely make again. Maybe not with the yoke though 😉.

Sew House 7 Tea House dress

I have been intrigued by this dress ever since seeing Devin Iott’s version, but it didn’t feel like a pattern that would look good on me. Because it kept popping up in my imagination I decided to wait for a sale and then get the pattern to get it out of my head.

I decided on making this first in a fabric that I didn’t really like:

At first I made the midi version, but that did not work on me (sadly no photo to demonstrate this). I think I like the shape on me? I’m still not sure! I did know I wouldn’t wear it as was, because it reminded me of a hospital gown. So I dyed the dress tulip red (as it says on the package).

I like it a lot now! Construction wise this was a breeze. I lowered the pockets to create less bulk around the hips, but otherwise this is as the pattern was intended. If I would make this again (which I might), I would use either a heavier fabric than this cotton lawn or a more drapey fabric.