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Last week was Selfish Sewing Week. I was hoping to sew last week and blog about it . . . but that didn't happen. Today I am sharing the Blue Stripes Dress that I made a couple of weeks ago.
I used this New Look pattern. Overall the pattern is pretty easy to follow. The band that goes around the neck is too short. Or at least, I did something wrong and just don't know what. I also goofed a bit on the front. I was supposed to have more darting and draping, but I think it's still alright. (I also ditched the ties.)
I love the knit fabric! It's from Girl Charlee when they had their awesome Black Friday sale (or was it Cyber Monday?). It's the Navy Blue Tonal Stripe Cotton Jersey Knit Fabric. It really is quite a deal, even at regular price. (Especially because it's 66 inches wide!)
This dress was a stretch of my skills. I've only worked with knits once before -- ages ago at a 4-H summer program. And, just for fun, it's a striped fabric. Badly cut strips can look ridiculous. Also stripes that don't match up look sloppy. I am so happy that my stripes (pretty much) match up! I was also excited to discover that my sewing machine had a "honeycomb" stitch just for knits.
I have such a terrible time trying to photograph myself, so I had Catherine, age four, take these pictures. How do you think she did? While it was a delightfully warm spring-like day it was quite windy while we were attempting our photo session.
I have the sewing bug again! I am going to attempt Mother and Daughter Easter dresses. (Which I need to get started right away!) We shall see what new skills those bring!