I was SO chuffed with my last Lady Skater dress success that I thought I’d make another to help me get a handle on Cosmic Lulu‘s stretch stitch functions. Of which there are many – some of them, I’ve discovered, better suited to particular jobs than others! But despite a shaky start, this dress has also turned out pretty good, and very wearable.This is a medium-weight synthetic ponte from those lovely folk at The Textile Centre. It was meant to be a quick sew to fill in that ‘Hmm-Spring-Still-Feels-Like-Winter-Today’ gap in my wardrobe. HOWEVER, it nearly didn’t happen at all, as I stupidly had only ordered one metre of fabric instead of two, and by the time I realised it was GONE from TTC’s website – ARGH! Cue, Desperate Pleading Email! But the wonderful Jane saved the day by finding me the very last remnant – hurray! Thanks, Jane 🙂So off I went, and soon had the hang of the triple stretch stitch. Brilliant! Now, what about this standard overlock stitch for my armhole seams, I thought? Bad, BAD idea! They went seriously wibbly. And y’know how people say you can’t unpick overlocking? – turns out they’re right. I had to re-sew the seams and cut away the original stitching. Here it is just before the
hacking trimming.I pretty much stuck to using the triple stretch after that, and it all came together fine. This ponte is a bit clingier than the jersey I used last time, but I went with exactly the same pattern alterations as before, so it wasn’t until I saw the photos of my wonderful sway-back adjustment that I realised how many VBLs (that’s Visible Bra Lines) were on show!You may have noticed that this dress is in a SOLID COLOUR! Yep, it’s true: even I have moments when a plain(ish) dress is the order of the day. However, I couldn’t really leave it entirely plain now, could I?! Especially when my gorgeous new machine has SO MANY stitch functions to choose from. How about a nice bit of bright orange decorative top-stitching around the neck, hem, and cuffs? YES please!And yay – those sleeves didn’t turn out too badly after all!It may have been a glorious evening when these pics were taken in my garden (many thanks to brother Rob for making it all look so good!), but overall it’s been a pretty chilly May here in the Marches, so I’ve had more opportunities to wear this dress than I expected this month. I’ll admit that I don’t love it as much as the last one, but it does what I wanted of it, and I had loads of fun doing the top-stitching.
So now I’ve done a stretch jersey dress, what next? Weeeelllll, there’s a something a bit special in my stash I’ve been saving for a long time, until I had the machine to do it….WHAT?? – VELVET?!? – You must be JOKING!!
Wishing you all a GLORIOUS weekend 🙂