I can’t even count how many times I’ve used the Sew Over It Shift Dress since I bought it in October – maybe 4 dresses and 2 coatigans?
This time it’s a sleeveless version, modelled on a cold, windy, snowy day… but it’s all about this fabulous fabric!
Please note the snow in the background. I was pretty cold, and got some very odd looks!
It’s a poly double knit, slightly textured on the good side, and fairly smooth and slippery on the inside. I bought it as a factory remnant, and there was only about .8… but I knew exactly what I wanted to make, and with some very creative patchwork, I was able to squeeze out a dress!
On the front and back, the main fabric ends at that top stripe. For the front, I patched together shoulders with the stripe going vertically on one side, and horizontally on the other.I was completely out of fabric for the back “yoke”, so I used black cotton lycra knit. I figure it will always be covered by a sweater anyway, since a polyester dress won’t be appropriate by time it’s sleeveless weather!
But how to finish the edged? The background of the print is actually a very awkward-to-match indigo-navy colour, so I couldn’t find any fabric to match. I didn’t want clunky-looking fabric bands to distract from the print, so I used the pattern to draft some all-in-one facings.
See the facings in the middle photo? I did a fully clean finish with the burrito method – speaking of which, anyone know a good tutorial on how to do this? I keep wondering if I should make one, but I don’t want to waste time if someone already covered it better! 😉
I took these pics on the same day I photographed my pink wool coat – and this carrousel in a city park seemed like the closest to a springy background that I could find! Unfortunately for me, it was *just* warm enough that some icicles were dripping, which led to this, as one dripped down my back:
Hope that made you giggle like it did me!
This is one of those satisfying projects that was quick but had just enough creativity to keep me thinking. It turned out just like I pictured, and I’m excited to see just how many cardigan colours I can find to wear with it. Gotta keep up my reputation with my colleagues for being the brightest-dressed person around!