Happy January! I love Meg’s #SewTwistsAndTies challenge, and I knew months in advance what I would make: The Jalie Rachel dress in stretch velvet! I loved this dress when I first tested it in the summer, and couldn’t wait to make a winter version.
My summer version was sewn in a CC bust/EE waist and hip, but I added a bit of fabric as I cut it out to make sure that I had enough room in this fabric. Upon remeasuring myself this Christmas, I probably should be sewing a EE/GG in Jalie patterns… which sadly puts my lower half in the largest size range. If you are a pear shape like me, I suggest adding some extra length and width for your bootie – you can see how my skirt side seam and hem are pulling a bit out of alignment. If you are tall, consider adding length above and/or below the waist.
There are three different tie/tieless versions to this pattern, but I love this version with the short tie on one side and the long tie that wraps all the way around the waist on the other. It’s very easy to sew, and makes for a comfy but chic dress!
The neckline is turned and stitched, but I think there is also a neckband piece included if you prefer that look. My velvet did not like being turned and stitched, so I had to notch the fabric all the way around to get it to sit nicely. Now I wish the neckline was an inch or two lower, but I can’t be bothered to redo all the fussy clipping!
Are you taking part in Sew Twists and Ties? Check out the hashtag for some inspiration and giveaways!