First up, the dress I entered into the Tessuti jaywalk competition. No I didn't win (did you see some of those entries? Amazing.) but did have a whole heap of fun making the dress and I admit that having a competition to enter did make me do things a bit more carefully and properly than I might have done in normal circumstances.
|Those stripes would totally line up if that floral wasn't in the way.|
This dress started off as the lady skater bodice, which I've made before here and here. There was a little extra bit of fabric at my bust in this pattern so I made a small dart and then converted this into a princess seam. Finally putting my pattern drafting class learnings into practice! I also knew that I wanted to mix up the stripes with a floral or another colour. Actually I got the idea of 'replacing' the stripes with different fabric from a boys T shirt pattern in Ottobre magazine.
Originally I had the side piece cut from the Jaywalk but in the end decided to make the side insert floral too. I self-lined the bodice using the Colette tutorial which did my head in for about half an hour until I had an ah-ha! moment (aided somewhat by Nic) and it all came together, and magically I had a finished armhole. In hindsight I should have added a little bit extra to the armsyce too compensate for the lining rather than adding a sleeve because the arm holes are a leetle low. But you can't see my bra so whatevs.
The floral 'stripes' and inserts are a scuba knit leftover from my (unblogged) Mabel skirt. The Jaywalk was lovely to work with but the fabrics had different amounts of stretch and I was a bit worried that there might be some puckering going on, but it worked out ok in the end. I played about a bit with the placement and decided that a thicker and thinner one looked best. Then, it was just a case of cutting out a slightly A line rectangle or the skirt front and back, slicing and re-joining the florals and stripes (I tried to get a whole black stripe on either side).
Originally I tried to pleat the skirt but it was a big floppy fail so I used Megan Nielsen's method of gathering with elastic thread in the bobbin, same as my drop waist lady skater. I did match the stripes on the side seams (honest!) but I don't have a very good picture. I did this by 'sticking' them together with Vilesofix before stitching. Works a treat.
Most of the construction was done on my sewing machine with just some finishing on the overlocker. Normally I would have used the overlocker more, but I didn't want wobbly stripes, or big holes in the bodice. See? Told you I took care over this one.
End result? I really like it. It feels a bit more interesting to wear than a regular striped dress and I've already worn it to work with a black jumper over the top. I did contemplate adding sleeves, but I want to be able to ear it in the summer, but as I have more of the Jaywalk fabric left over I might just make a top (Nettie perhaps?) to wear underneath.
And my favourite picture? Bimble and Pimble photobomb!