I finally made something I can blog! After sewing a bunch of kids clothes, bras, pattern testing and getting ready for the #betterpicturesproject, it was starting to feel like I hadn’t done a good finished garment post in a while. So buckle up and get ready for lots of pictures – I made a dress!
The pattern is one of Jalie’s newest releases, which is designed to be a ballroom dance dress or an every day dress. It’s a basic princess seam knit dress – until the skirt, where it flares out at the hips and becomes a full circle skirt. The skirt is the real star of the dress, so I did a lettuce edge with the serger to emphasize the fullness.
I’m a Jalie fangirl, so I really *wanted* to love this pattern… but there are a few odd things about it! For one, it calls for 60% stretch in the width, and 40% lengthwise, which is a LOT of stretch! I went with a rayon lycra jersey, because I couldn’t think what else would stretch enough. The rayon is so heavy that it stretches out the shaping in the princess seams and makes the bodice rather shapeless – I ended up reinforcing the bust seams with clear elastic to help support the skirt. I can’t quite figure out what the perfect fabric would be. I think ITY would make it feel dated… cotton lycra would give a LOT of body to the skirt… honestly, I think it makes more sense to size up and use a fabric with less stretch. It could make a beautiful party dress for winter in ponte!
Next, it’s designed to have a higher neckline in the front and lower scoop in the back… but even on the cover they suggest wearing it backwards, like I have here. But here’s the thing – why should princess seams drafted for my back fit my front, and vice versa??? There is only a slight different in the front and back, so I just cut two fronts instead!
Which brings me to the last issue with the pattern – I sewed the largest size! In fact, my measurements put me just a bit beyond it. Usually Jalie has a huge range from kids to plus sizes, but because the skirt design takes so much room on the page, they decided to do a smaller size range with this one. Looking at the pattern, I feel like there was space to squeeze a few more sizes on, though probably not the full range. It’s a shame, because I think the design would be lovely on larger figures!
All of which is to say – I didn’t like the dress when it was done. I sulked. I tried it with a million belts. I tossed it in a corner. And yet, I think I’ve come around to it! The skirt is super fun to wear, and I can see it as both a winter and a summer dress. (Above is me pretending I’m styling it for winter! 😉
Who could say no to this??
(Now, Jalie says this dress is designed for spins on the dance floor without flashing anything, but, um… nope. Some of my pics were NSFW!)
This fabric didn’t even last 24 hours in my stash – and it feels good! Whipping up a quick knit project is definitely my sweet spot. Plus it’s been bothering me that I hadn’t sewn this pattern up in the month since I bought it. If new patterns sit around too long, I feel like I shouldn’t have bought them! What next in your sewing queue?
Oh, ps. Flickr is making annoying updates and I keep ending up with bits of code showing in the post that I don’t see when I’m drafting it… but I’m too lazy to fix it! Can we all just pretend that code isn’t there? Thanks!!! 😉