It had to happen, right? The Cashmerette pattern that made me like wearing a woven was eventually going to be sewn in a knit. I mean, duh! Wovens are ok but knits are better!
Except this didn’t really turn out to be a winner – but that’s my fault for misjudging the fabric and forgetting how short my legs are!
You see, the dress version just adds a shaped panel to the bottom of the tunic-length version I’d made before. The problem is that I have a normal-length torso atop teeny short legs! So while I actually wished the tunic was an inch or two longer, the dress version is way too long. The front hem is supposed to be straight and I curved it up instead – otherwise the whole front would be below the knee on me.
Why not just rehem it? Well, I faced the whole back hem with self-fabric, so the white inside wouldn’t show! Which means it was hemmed before I attached it, and now all those layers are caught in the side seams. I’m open to advice for how to fix it – I could chop it to tunic length, or just cut off the back dipped hem and somehow try to rehem the two layers? Or cut off the side seams and rehem it as a minidress?
For now though, this is how I styled it for work: grey Concord Cardigan, big scarf, leggings and boots. Which of course, covers up the design detail that sets Webster apart – the fun back!
The problem is, I made a summer pattern in a winter weight fabric. At the time of year when this heavy poly crepe knit is appropriate and I want to wear this somber colours, I’m never going to be going sleeveless!
Apart from that, the fabric was actually perfect as a substitution for a woven. It held the dart well, drapes nicely, and works with the all-in-one facing. I used fold-over elastic for the straps in the back, which saved me doing fiddly sewing and moves well with the knit. Too bad I didn’t chose the right bra to wear the day I took photos though – my other webster hides my bra just fine, so I blame the undergarment, not the dress!
(Oh, and I made the front neckline into a scoop, because the deep V always needed a cami underneath.)
I know I don’t sound very thrilled with this dress… but I’m cutting it some slack because it was a relaxing and fun sewing project on the last day of summer vacation, when I was stressing about going to back to teaching. I always say that I love the process of sewing more than the finished product, and this is a perfect example!
I’m leaning toward cutting it off to tunic length – what do you think?