Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sewing A Knit Dress Part Deux

You might have read that I've just entered the land of knit fabric and my passport hadn't expired, so I took another trip with a knit and I like this one the best.

Thanks to kitschycoo, I made both the Comino Cap shirt and dress.  The dress came out better than the shirt, but I decided the fit was not quite what I was looking for.

As I poked around her site, I found the Lady Skater dress.  It has several sleeve length options and I thought I'd give it a whirl.  This time, I wanted to try using my serger instead of just my sewing machine.

I found this fabric at Joann fabrics and because it was on clearance, I decided to use it even though it was a very stretchy, thin knit.  The colors are my favorite together and the softness of the fabric made me wish I could make lots of things with it.  Just my luck, there was just enough left, so I grabbed quickly and got to work.

I don't know what happened in the pictures, but the print looks nothing in those pictures like it does in real life.  The one right above is exactly the right colors.  In real life, I like this print a lot.

I first used a 1 inch hem, but I might have cut the skirt too short to begin with, so I ended up undoing it and just doing a lettuce edge with my serger.  I think it worked well for the fabric.

There's that hanger I removed last time and foolishly put right back up, so as k-ster was taking pictures, I was compelled to move it again.

I love the sleeves on this dress.  It's called a cap sleeve but I would just call this a short sleeve.  Cap sleeves are what I call this kind.

Plié, relevé and stay....

When I first made the dress, I hadn't shortened the waist high enough, so it hit right at my hipbones and I really didn't like it.  It also did something weird because I serged that part.  So, I cut off the skirt and brought the waist up about 2 inches and just used  my regular machine.  I like this waist much better.

Now, if I could combine the bottom of the Comino Cap top with the top of the Lady Skater dress, I think I would have knit shirt nirvana in my sewing room.  I tried this today with what I thought was PLENTY of fabric and it so was not enough fabric, so I had to give up before I even cut it out.  Very sad.

The fabric totally cooperated and came together really well.  My serger buzzed right through it, but I think I need to adjust some things.  I can't say the seams are not puckering a little.  It's all very stretchy, but they don't lay completely flat, like I wish they would.

As with  my other knit adventures, I will leave you contemplating the message I was trying to convey in this photo.

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1 comment:

  1. My serger seams like to lay one direction but not the other, depending on what direction I sew it from.
    -love your dresses. Makes me want to get sewing clothes again!


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