Like pretty much everyone else in the sewing world, I was excited when Sarai at Colette Patterns announced Seamwork Magazine back in January. I’ve really enjoyed reading the magazine this year, but hadn’t bought any of the patterns until the Mesa dress suddenly came onto my radar last month, probably through the gorgeous versions by RED and Bianca.
I’ve got quite a stash of short lengths of jersey, and I thought that this would be a great stashbuster for those. They are mainly lengths that I bought intending to make t-shirts… until I realised I don’t really wear t-shirts that often. Dresses however, I wear almost every day!
I decided to start with this lovely jersey that I bought last year from Goldhawk Road – I think it’s a viscose jersey, and the printed flowers are flocked. In tune with the weather recently, I decided it would make a great work dress to start the autumn!
After reading that the dress comes up quite short, I decided to cut the pattern to the 3XL. According to my measurements, I needed a medium in the bust / waist and a large in the hips – I didn’t want anything too clingy! I didn’t quite have enough fabric to cut the sleeves unfortunately, so I decided to leave it sleeveless! I actually ended up chopping off around 3 inches from the hem – so would have had enough fabric for sleeves had I done this from the start. Oh well!
Mesa is advertised as only taking an hour to sew – perhaps that’s the case if you’ve got a proper sewing area and everything ready to sew. This definitely isn’t possible if you’ve got a teeny sewing space and have to keep switching which machine you’ve got on your table! However, even with switching around and fitting changes, I would guess that the whole thing took me about 3 hours.
I sewed up the sides and shoulders on my overlocker, and finished all the edges with my Bernina. I actually used the twin needle for the first time and I was really pleased with the result!
All in all, I’m really happy with this pattern – in fact I’ve already got another one lined up on my sewing table! This time, it’s going to be even shorter… and have sleeves!
Have you made any of the Seamwork patterns?