It’s about darn time that I have something to show you that I’ve sewn! And also my new hair cause of course I changed it AGAIN.🙂
I started this dress in 2015…in the BEGINNING of 2015. Here we are in March…
I finished this dress sometime in January after working on it very sporadically over almost a year. And now with more free time and my cousin taking pictures for me, I can share it with all of you!! ( and all my awkward hand poses and faces yay!)
The pattern I used was the Moneta dress from Collete patterns, which my lovely friend Rachel at Sew RED-y inspired me to try! She’s literally made 6 of them and each one is more lovely than the last! It’s a knit dress pattern with a few different sleeve options, a boat neckline that scoops a little lower in the back, and even a free downloadable pack of collars to customize it even further! AND…AAAND it has pockets. HALLLELUEAAAHHH.
The fabric is a silky, soft bamboo jersey knit from Girl Charlee, but it seems they don’t sell it anymore! I also bought some of their combed cotton jersey and they are similar weight, stretch and feel, not sure how it sews up compared to the bamboo jersey though.
I’ve tried sewing with super soft, fine knits before and it was just a disaster haha! But the bamboo jersey, though it is lightweight, sewed up AMAZINGLY. The only thing I will say that isn’t my favorite is it’s a little see-through…so maybe I should have lined it or wear something underneath. But I didn’t for the photos…MEH.
ANOTHER great thing about this pattern is that it has plus sizes up to 3x! I cut a size XL last year and then gained a few extra pounds…so it’s a little tight. I’m lucky the fabric is stretchy to accommodate my larger areas…*ahem boobs* and I think that’s why it’s a little see-through too…cause of how much the fabric is having to stretch. NEXT TIME I’m going to do the 1x size and it should be more comfy cause it won’t be as tight!
This was my second time using a twin needle to finish all the hems for a knit project…BUT it’s the first SUCCESSFUL time so I’m super proud of that!!
This was the first time I’ve used clear elastic to gather knit fabric together and even though it was a little tricky to keep the gathering even, I totally love this technique! I love that the elastic is in the dress and keeps the waist were it needs to be. It’s very secure and it’s flattering I think!
Besides that, there’s not much I would change about it! I do think I want to experiment with changing up the neckline, because even though I like how the back scoops down and is super classy and vintage feeling…it also is annoying because my undergarments like to peek out. And usually I don’t like having to fidget and constantly worry that my under thangs are showin’.
And on that note…I’ll leave you with some of my awkward poses because this is just the best it’s gonna get hahahaah
What do you think of this dress?! I totally recommend you try this pattern if you’re wanting to try sewing knits! Everyone needs a good knit dress.
What have you sewn or crafted recently? post a link so I can see it!
LOVE YOU. MEAN IT.