Hello my lovelies. I hope you've all had a great week. I'm currently trying to keep my hands busy with other activities as my sewing machine is currently in the hospital. I don't think there's anything majorly wrong with it but it seems to be struggling to sew jersey fabric. I have tried several things such as changing threads, trying different needles, changing the tension and stitches. I am lucky enough to have an overlocker so I might just have to start sewing all my jersey's on that. Not sure why I don't currently... weirdly I just prefer sewing on machine and finishing the seams with the overlocker. I guess it's just habit as I'm used to sewing woven's that way!
Anyway, on with the post!
I bought the Sew Over It Vintage book shortly after it was released last year but sadly it started to gather dust on the shelf. I never stopped thinking about it though - the projects in here look great!
I finally got the book off the shelf at Easter earlier this year and made a version of the kimono (which you can see here if you're interested). The instructions were fantastic and I couldn't wait to delve in to the other projects and, a few months later, here we are.
I've already blogged about my box-pleated skirt, but here is my cowl neck dress!
I absolutely love this dress. I get compliments pretty much every time I wear it. It's the perfect 'throw-over-your-head-and-go' dress.
The dress is a simple elasticated dress with a cowl neck front. Simple to draft, make and wear. The holy trinity one might say!
The fabric is a sweet little viscose number from Fabric Land with peacock feathers. I believe it was £4.99 p/m and I got 3M. I simply love the colour of this fabric. It was actually quite easy to work with too. I cut out all the pieces using my rotary cutter and the job was a good 'un!
As I explained in my previous post, the Sew Over It Vintage book explores the world of self-drafted patterns based on your measurements. This dress was quite straight forward to draft although I will admit to having a few issues with regards to the bodice. I am, how shall put this, rather too blessed in the bosom department and the way this pattern is drafted kind meant there were a few issues getting it to look right, especially as the front and back bodice are the same. But I soldiered on and I think it looks ok. I might tweak it again at some point - I'm worried it's a little too baggy.
Construction wise, this dress was a dream. I used my walking foot in my machine - if you have the funds to spare DEFINITELY get one! It was also a rather quick make. Perhaps an afternoon if I recall?
The next time I make this dress (I already have it cut out and waiting!) I will use less elastic at the waist. I did unpick the waist to shorten the elastic once but it's still a little too big for my liking. Although I normally wear this with a belt so it's not a huge issue (and I can't bear the idea of unpicking it a second time...).
This dress didn't initially feature in my 'capsule wardrobe' list but I'm definitely plonking it right in there. It's the perfect little dress for me right now. As I said, such a great little throw-on dress how could it not be in a capsule wardrobe? I've probably worn this the most out of all my most recent makes and has been a bit of a life-saver this summer tbh. Autumn is here guys so we'll find out soon enough! It's also probably one of my most complimented makes. Win win win!