I have confession, I felt a bit guilty about sharing this early Spring make. I see my friends blanketed in snow, making Blackwood Cardigans and Toaster sweaters with no promise of the weather changing for the better. I wondered if it is impolite or bragging even, to bask in the sun with 60 degree temps? I considered waiting to share this until the national forecast improves.
Then my brain kicked in. None of these friends were complaining about the weather! They were not sulking in their cozy beautifully made clothes! They are not policing whether (hahaha!) I, or anyone, is making seasonally appropriate clothes! I totally projected my miserable Midwestern winters onto people! I would resent happy sunshiny clothes if I were freezing, but I can be petty when I am miserable. I am trusting that you reader, are more adult than I and will enjoy this dress regardless of your temperatures.
I bought the Mccalls 7894 pattern as soon as it was released! I fell in love with the seam lines and saw the potential for color-blocking and hand-sewing in organic cotton jersey.
|Laser-cut pattern weights available in my Etsy Store|
In the end, I chose Coral (1 yard), Mustard (1.5 yard), Sea Blue (1.5 yards) and Off White (.5 yard).
The pattern is designed for woven fabrics and with a side invisible zipper. I wanted the style of A with the length of B. I made a few simple modifications to adjust it for sewing this jersey fabric. I sized down to account for the stretch of the fabric and body skimming, but not clinging, ease. In the interest of time, I used my serger for the internal seams reserving hand-sewing for the visible seams.
Here are the changes I made:
- Sew the bodice darts on lining back
- Stitch bodice lining front to back at shoulders, press seams open
- Using a wide zig-zag stitch, sew clear elastic to the wrong side of fabric along the length of front and back neckline
- Stitch sides together from seam top to bottom ignoring zipper opening
- Repeat steps 1,2 and 4 on bodice front
- Continue construction for view A from step 5 to 22
- Sew skirt panels together, ignoring the zipper opening
- Using a wide zig-zag stitch, sew clear elastic to the wrong side of fabric along the waistline top
- Continue sewing per pattern instructions
Brace yourself, I am giving you a close booty shot next. Not a normal angle for me, but the lines of the blocking work really well in the back.
Because the jersey does not fray, I left it raw to curl in time.
This turned out exactly as I expected. I am on the fence about how I feel about the sleeves, however. I have a baby face and I am often mistaken for much younger than I am. The gathered sleeve cap and elastic casing with these crayon colors feels a bit "sweet" to me. I may remove the casing and let them flow loosely. What do you think?
This dress is very comfortable to wear, it is like wearing my favorite t-shirt with a twist. I am thrilled with this final color combination and see the potential for another, maybe in maxi length, on the horizon.