If you have read any number of posts on my blog, you may have picked up on the fact that I strongly prefer the “cool” colors (purple, blue, and green). I actually find it very hard to buy fabric that is not predominantly those colors, unless it is a neutral like white or black. But recently I have made 2 brown items.
My TNT pattern for knit dresses with sleeves is a mashup of my TNT t-shirt pattern and Simplicity 2580 (I have made 4! different version of the original dress pattern). For this dress, I wanted the skirt to be shorter and a bit less full. (This also allowed me to squeeze the dress out of my limited yardage.) I basically just made it up as I went along. After my initial draft, I tissue fit it on Annie and then adjusted from there. I also changed the neckline from a crewneck to a “v”. To account for the thickness of the sweater knit, I sewed the seams at 3/8″ rather than 5/8″. I thought that a band of the sweater knit around the neckline would not look good, so instead I made a facing out of powermesh. The facing is catchstitched down to hold it in place. Since the sweater knit is not completely opaque, but rather than line it, I decided to wear a slip.
|Please excuse my undies!|
I still really like this slip, though. The lining fabric is thin and light, but not as flimsy or shifty as some lighter silks can be (china silk, I’m looking at you). Since I was using a fabric that was special to me because I dyed it, I used French seams to make it nice on the inside. I still have more of this fabric, which would work great as an actual lining, but I have another idea that I may go for instead. We’ll see how that works out.
|“Put me down already, Mom!”|