If someone had to describe what I’m best known for, it definitely wouldn’t be solid fabrics or extra added details! I’m more of a “let the print do the talking” girl. But every once in a while, I enjoy a wee challenge just to remind myself that I know how!
Enter this pretty cherry red poly double knit crepe, with patch pockets, a zipper and a hidden buttonhole! The fabric was only in my stash for a day or two before I decided to use it as a wearable muslin of the Style Arc Adeline dress. So many of you had recommended this pattern when I asked for a cocoon dress with boxy sleeves on Instagram, and you were right – it’s a great pattern! Style Arc had a sale that weekend, so it was an easy choice.
One of the nice features of the dress is the wide facings for the neckline and hem. I don’t usually like v-necks because they flash show too much bra, but this one is so pretty! I even did a decent job of coverstitching around the point of the V.
I almost, almost didn’t put the pockets because I got lazy… but come on girl, just do it! Patch pockets can be hard on a knit, and in a solid there is nowhere to hide. I used knit stay tape along all the edges, and used a narrow zigzag to attach them on.
Inside the pocket there is a little secret – a button hole so that my sister can thread her insulin pump through and access the controls discreetly! Anne wrote a great post for the Sewcialists called Sewing for my Insulin Pump, and this was one of the suggestions we haven’t tried yet!
While I was at it, I also added a zipper in the back – not normally necessary in a cocoon dress, but I wasn’t to practice for some more accessible clothing I have planned for someone later this year. I finally used an invisible zipper foot for the first time, and WOW! So much easier that using a regular zipper foot! I used non-stretch interfacing and it went in beautifully.
So, voila! Proof (to myself) that I can handle zippers, buttonholes, and visible topstitching on a solid fabric! Hardly revolutionary, but fun nonetheless. Now I’ll go back to sewing a crazy print, ok?
Happy, the dress looks great on Anne – and great minds clearly agree that a v-neck dress needs a scarf in winter! This one is Liberty wool that she liberated from my mom, I believe… which makes me feel either better or worse about this beautiful wool scarf of mom’s the I borrowed 6 years ago and kept! Mom, do you forgive us?
Happy sewing to all of you!