MMM and some new dresses

Hey hey everyone!

We’re coming towards the end of Me-Made-May for another year! How has your MMM been going? This month has been less than fun for me – I badly sprained and chipped a bone in my ankle at the end of the first week, and since then have been hobbling around with a splint boot and crutches. (In case you were wondering, I was kickboxing at the time…)

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Some of my MMM outfits for the few times I’ve left the house this month.

Anyway, this has more or less had me stuck at home for the last 3 weeks, so I have been wearing very comfy clothes most of the time! We’re talking less “secret pyjamas”, more just “pyjamas”. I’ve been trying to keep up with MMM as much as possible, but some days I have just worn leggings as comfort and practicality are the most important things for me at the moment.

The me-mades I’ve worn the most this month have been all my jersey makes – my various Mesa dresses, and a pair of PJs I made last year. And my two new knit Laurels!

In previous posts here and here, I’ve told you about removing the darts from the Colette Laurel dress. Partly because I wanted to see what it would be like, but also so I could use it for making jersey dresses with the lovely Laurel shaping, but without needing to worry about the darts. I have a minor obsession with T-Shirt dresses at the moment, and needed to make it happen!

The first version was with this lovely dandelion print knit from Art Gallery Fabrics:

The second was with this stunner, also by Art Gallery Fabrics.

Changes from the Colette Laurel original Pattern:

  • Rotated out bust darts and back darts
  • Pinched out small darts in the back of the neck
  • Added a knit neckband – 2″ by 24″ in V1 and 23″ in V2
  • Removed an extra 1/2″ from the side seams from bust to waist in V2

The construction was the same in both dresses: I sewed the shoulder seams, set in sleeves and the side seams on my overlocker, and attached the neckband, and hemmed them with a zigzag stitch on my Bernina. The whole process from cutting to hemming took around 2-3 hours for each dress. About all I can cope with sewing-wise at the moment, as I can’t be on my feet at the ironing board for too long! Another few weeks and I should be back to usual though.

These dresses have already been in constant rotation and they are so so comfy but also feel like I am well dressed πŸ™‚ Definitely a winner in my book!

I wanted to take new photos for the blog but obviously am having trouble getting out and about at the moment so the Insta photos will have to suffice! I’ve got a bit of a blogging backlog, so should have some more projects to share soon!

 

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Delightful Doris

Hi all!

As you might have noticed if you follow me on Instagram (@cinderellissews), Me-Made-May is now in full swing!

So far, I’ve been fairly happy with my outfits, nothing too out of the ordinary:

Day 1 (top right): Lady Skater/ Moneta dress
Day 2 (bottom right): Sewaholic Renfrew top
Day 3: Floral Mesa Dress
Day 4 (left): Mesa T-Shirt

Day 5: my gorgeous new Doris Dress!!!

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My original plan for last weekend was to sew this fabric up as a Colette Hawthorn. Interestingly, although I thought it would make a gorgeous hawthorn, I couldn’t envision it properly – you know sometimes that perfect pairing of fabric and pattern just pops into your head? I couldn’t quite see it, and was thinking about maybe adding some little kimono sleeves, or changing the neckline slightly. Then, Sew Over It released the Doris Dress, and I immediately had “the vision” of the finished item – a pairing of this lovely lawn, and the Doris Pattern. I bought the PDF, taped it together and made a toile in one evening – very satisfying progress.

As is to be expected, the pattern went together beautifully. I have now sewn two SOI patterns back-to-back and have been really impressed with the drafting. Everything lines up perfectly, and I’ve never found it easier to get pleats to line up across seamlines. The only slight issue was that I had about an extra 1/2″ ease between the back darts, that I only noticed when it came to stitching the skirt to the bodice. I haven’t checked the pattern to see what happened, but I expect this may well be a cutting error on my part because none of the pattern testers mentioned it. To make it fit, I just gathered the CB section on the bodice and eased it into the corresponding section of the skirt. Because of the looser fit in the back, it’s not hugely obvious.

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The only other change I made was to bring the neckline up by 1/2″. This made the facings a little uneven as I forgot to change them and didn’t realise until they were all on, but a hefty bit of pressing sorted that out!

The fabric is a cotton lawn from Minerva Crafts (they still have the other colourways in stock!). It’s gorgeous and soft, but unfortunately see-through enough to require an extra layer. I decided to underline it (rather than lining) in white cotton lawn, which gives the dress a really luxurious feel. I simply cut out all the pieces in both fabrics then overlocked them together. However, it does add bulk! I decided to finish the hem and armholes with bias binding to make the hem as flat as possible. The underlining means that it doesn’t wrinkle as much, and shouldn’t require excessive ironing.

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Pretty insides!

I’m very pleased with the invisible zip:

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I made the buttonholes on my mum’s Janome, using the cute rounded buttonhole option:

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The rounded buttonholes look a little less bulky than the standard square ones.

I decided in the end to forego the back tie – the dress isn’t quite as loose as I thought it might be. There’s certainly ease, but it seems to just skim, rather than swamp my figure. It’s a perfect day dress! I’m really happy with it!

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Oh and I even added in a label at the back πŸ™‚

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How’s your MMM coming on?