This will be the last post featuring beautiful weather. I will stop teasing you with all that amazing sunshine and impose some cold looking pictures soon but let me share two selfless projects I sewn before going on holiday. Two blue maxi dresses in floral print; one for my mom and the other for my M.i.l (Check her knitting skills here, here and here.)
Lady Skater (modified)
My Mom really loves the lady skater bodice + gathered maxi skirt. She wears her previous version so much. Looking at her maxi dresses collection I saw a nice design to replicate next time. A kimono style with high waist shirring both at the front and back. Anyone has experience with shirring jersey? I would love some tips. Not much to say about the pattern: easy construction, great fit and good wardrobe builder. I used triple zigzag stretch instead of twin needles. Very effective and easy method to finish a knit neckline. This gorgeous fabric was bought on a previous trip to Brazil. How cute she looks!
Back in december my Mom-in-law asked if I would have time to sew her a dress for our upcoming Brasil trip. She knits all this amazing stuff for me so how can I refuse. We looked at many patterns settling with Simplicity 1806 after some lovely versions + reviews online. My only request was that she would get the fabric of her choice and cut the pieces ready for me to sew.
The pattern instructions were compressive and maybe a bit extra complicated for how simple the dress is. I did love that the neckline had facings making it a neat finish but It caused grief when we had to re-size the dress which I will delve in detail. You see, even though my Mil sewn a lot in her youth she still finding her way back to it. On the caution side she cut a very large size.
When I was making the dress my instinct was telling me it was going to be too big and lucky I did construct the dress differently from the directions just in case as she wouldn’t be trying it on. We had to unpick the facing and the fabric didn’t like it. A triangle was added for more modesty. In the end we did manage to get a decent fit which we will use as a base for the new bodice. We both agreed that I should re-cut and sew the bodice again in a smaller size.We really like the pattern shape on her. The fabric is John Kaldor bought at her local fabric shop.
Aren’t my mo(m)dels adorable? What’s on your sewing machine?