After blogging my Boring Bettine, I wanted to sew something sassy! You might remember the fabric from my Cali Fabric Haul video – it’s a lightweight rayon knit with neon green and vividly pink roses. I thought about making a loose tee with it, so the print would be toned down by jeans… but come on, crazy fabric deserves more fun!
The dress started out life as a Megan Neilson Briar tee. My waist and hips are 3″ outside the largest size (don’t love that limited size range, but otherwise the pattern is nice), so I added some width here and there. I cut the front and back first, then figured out how deep a ruffle I would need to make it a dress. The sleeve length was determined by how much fabric I had left!
As you can see, the finished tunic/dress ended up really shapeless, and the ruffle in the back started quite low below my tush. As my husband said when I showed him, “When you turned around, it just looked wrong!” I turned to Instagram to get styling advice – belt or no belt? In the end, I decided surgery was in order – I used the Comino Cap bodice as a guide to cut the dress in half and add a waist seam with elastic! While I was at it, I took a wedge from the top of the back skirt so that the skirt is shorter, fuller, and the ruffles sit in a better place!
Now that it has a waist seam and ruffle, the dress is reminding me a lot of this Autumn Comino Cap that I made about a year ago – except this dress is definitely the amped up version!
Now for some details:
- I did a 3-thread kinda-rolled hem – I think to make it a real rolled hem I’d have to loosen one looper thread, and tighten the other. Is that right? Incidentally, I don’t take out my 4th needle – I just un-thread it!
- I used knit stay tape at the end of the skirt before attaching the ruffle.
- The ruffle is two 60″ x 10″ strips, which I gathered with the differential feed on the serger. After gathering the ruffle was a few inches wider than the skirt, so I just seamed it a few inches narrower. Easy peasy!
For a change of pace, my husband took these pictures for me while we were at his parents’ house. (Incidentally, we got married just in front of that one-room school house behind me!) Usually we both get stressed by taking pics together, but this time it was really fun! It did involve a lot of my vogueing to show him what I wanted in frame – his instinct is to put my head in the centre of the frame, like this:
We got there in the end! 😉 I also made him sit down for some of the photos, because from his 6′ height, I look really short! One good thing about taking lots of tripod + remote pics is that I’m pretty good at guessing if I’m in frame from the glint in the lens and the angle of the camera. Do you do the same thing?
Oh, one a side note, I made an Astoria sweater from french terry. I’m not sure the khaki green actually goes with this particular dress, but I think it will be a useful layering piece. I”m debating cutting it into a cardigan though – what do you think?
I tried to get some spinning pictures, which lead to a lot of stumbling around on the bumpy grass!
This one of those speedy knit projects that I just love sewing. Started and finished it in a morning before my niece’s birthday party, and I feel like it’s got plenty of personality. Not the perfect fit, not the most practical, but fun, fun, fun! What’s your absolute favourite type of project to sew?
** Stop the press! I just took this dress out of the dryer and it’s shrunk at least 3″ shorter and is definitely now a tunic! I swear I prewashed it… Thankful it’s still totally wearable!! **