Sewing the Jasper dress
last weekend two weeks ago inspired me to sew a Lola so I could compare… and would you believe that I also made this one too big and had to cut it down? I’m not a quick learner, apparently.
The first thing I remembered about Lola is “Damn, there are a lot of pieces!” Because the skirt is separate from the bodice, there are suddenly twice as many pattern pieces. I made the mistake of adding a smidge of fabric to each, which is how it came to be baggy… so I cut off the skirt, narrowed down all the princess seams, and reattached. I should have just cut things out as is!
Meet Bounce! My parents are dog-sitting him, and he is a very attractive and friendly photo prop!
I piped the raglan seems with fold-over elastic, like I did for my favourite Lola here. I ran out of black elastic, so I didn’t pipe the waistband… then when it came out huge and baggy, I resewed it with green FOE inside on the waist seam. FOE to the rescue! I use it so much, and almost never for it’s intended folding purposes.
I bought this double knit locally, inspired by a great winter dress Malora made herself in similar fabric. I tried to keep the dress simple and neutral s that I can wear it with my rainbow of leggings: purple, red, turquoise, teal, or these forest green ones. (Which makes me think: I should really make some pink winter leggings!)
Confession time: The neckline gapes, but I couldn’t take it in because of the piping… so I made a huge scarf instead! I bought the plaid at a second-hand store recently, because every winter I wish I had a plaid scarf… and on a whim, I backed it with cream and coral striped jersey! The cream hat is one of my favourite things my sister has ever knit me.
Back to the dress. When I first tried the pattern, I made two big fitting changes: I had to slash-and-spread the sleeve to make more room for my shoulders, and dropped the curving waist seam further down in the back so it actually hit the curve of my back. I like the pocket design a lot, but I skipped it here for a more streamlined look.
I finished the dress in time to wear it to my parents, so that I could get pictures that aren’t on my balcony or in my hallway for a change. It was a fun excuse to take some pics of my family. Do you end up with a million pictures of yourself, and none of your nearest and dearest? I sure do!
This is a solid make, and I’ve worn it already – but it’s not exciting. I’ve had this post ready for a week without publishing it, which is never a good sign! I”m hoping that this will be my last winter make, and from now on I’m sewing in spring colours even the snow is still thick on the ground!