Do you remember my post when I talked about my kimono sleeved dress that I loved so much that I kept on recreating it? Again and again with slight modifications – a lace yoke panel top, a straight red jersey dress, a grey tee…. all based on the same pattern? Well, just before I left for my Christmas holiday, I hit the repeat button just one more time. The result: my nautical themed jersey dress.
Sorry about the angle of this pic - I couldn't find the tripod so
balanced the camera precariously on my bike seat
I created this one as an everyday summer dress that I could wear to the beach, out to lunch or just hanging around the house. It’s made of jersey so it is super comfy. I modified it slightly to include featured buttons on the shoulder seam – I created a 1 inch facing for the yoke panels so that the edges were finished and the shoulder seams had a 1 inch double layer of fabric for the buttons and button-holes. After attaching the facing, I edged the sleeves, finished off the shoulders with the buttons, and hemmed the bottom of the dress. Voila. All in all I think this took me a few hours, but maybe that was because I wasted a heap of time searching through my buttons trying to find the perfect ones (I ended up finding nothing in my stash and buying these at Lincraft on a last minute shopping run).
Here’s my breakdown:
·1m navy cotton-lycra jersey from Addicted to Fabric - $15
·30cm red/white striped jersey from Tessuti - approx. $4
·6 x Italian buttons from Lincraft @ $1.20 each = $8 (rounded up)
Total: $20 + 3 hours labour.
Not bad considering I wore it at least 3 times on holidays and decided to whip it out for work today (not exactly a work outfit, but it’s casual Friday and hardly anyone is back at work!). I promise to file this pattern away now. I’m done with jersey for a while and have a Papercut Sigma dress on my sewing table ready to finish.