December 20, 2016

Sew: Polka Dot Frankie Dress

I took my polka dot Frankie dress for a spin today. We went in to the city to see the Christmas sights. Mr "almost 8" took a shot so I could blog it for you all to see.

I found this fabric in the depths of Clear It on a recent trip with my MIL. I was in the "not buying anything" category until I spotted this for some ridiculously cheap price. There is always room in my stash for spots (and stripes!).

The pattern is of course the Tessuti Frankie dress. I put the pattern centre front 1cm from the fabric fold, adding a total of 2cm to both the front and back width. I think this works well, but next time I will try just adding 1cm to the width as well as lengthening the should seam (as mentioned in my last post). Now to find more printed fabric to make more Frankies!

Project Details
Pattern: Tessuti Fabrics Frankie Dress, 3/4 sleeves, XL
Fabric: Jersey from Clear It
Alterations: Added 5cm to short dress length, slashed and spread sleeve by 2.5cm, added 2cm to centre front, omitted jelly tape
See also: Sew Brunswick #1 | Sew Brunswick #2

I was only allowed one photo by my photographer so you'll just have to believe me when I say it's pretty good.
December 18, 2016

Sew: Printed Tessuti Frankie Dress


Another day, another Frankie dress. This is my fifth attempt at this dress. I just can't give up on it. The first was in a ponte and wasn't stretchy enough so was gifted to a friend. The second was in a pink jersey and it was unwearable as you could see every lump and bump so that one was gifted to Savers. The third was a winner and was my black midi version. The fourth is a spotty version that is finished but yet to be worn. And this here is my fifth that I wore this afternoon for our street's Christmas party.

This version is a summer dress. Short sleeves with the short dress length. I added some width to the sleeve and will add more again next time. I'd like the short sleeves not to be fitted. I only added an inch to this due to fabric restrictions. I bought 2m and the pattern says 1.85m. I will buy more next time so I can add another 2cm or so. I also added 1cm to the centre front by laying the pattern piece 0.5cm from the fold. I find the pattern narrow across the shoulders and chest. My navy spot version has 2cm added so we'll see which I prefer once I wear that one.

Project Details
Pattern: Tessuti Fabrics Frankie Dress, short sleeve/short dress, size XL
Fabric: Painted Leaves Navy, viscose/elastane jersey from Tessuti Fabrics online
Alterations: Lengthened by 2.5cm, slashed and spread sleeve by 2.5cm, added 1cm to centre front, omitted jelly tape from back neckline
See also: Sew Brunswick #1 | Sewing with Kate #1 | Sewing with Kate #2

I haven't finished with the Frankie dress pattern yet. I'm determined to make it work. I really like the neckline. I like that it's high and provides sun coverage. I've just discovered Sewing with Kate's shoulder adjustment to add width to the shoulder seam. I'll be giving that a go next time.

November 14, 2016

Sew: Tessuti Gabby Dress

I sense a pattern emerging here. Late to join the party/bandwagon yet again...

This is of course the Tessuti Gabby dress pattern that was released many years ago and has been made by countless sewers around the world. It's a great pattern that is simple and stylish and a great way to use a feature fabric.

The fabric was purchased from Tessuti Fabrics in Melbourne over a year ago. I was hoping for a bit of Gorman style with this make. Not sure I pulled it off but I'm pretty happy with this dress. It will get a lot of wear when the Melbourne weather finally warms up.

Project Details
Pattern: Tessuti Gabby Dress, size XL
Fabric: Valeria Nero printed viscose from Tessuti Melbourne
Alterations: Lined with silk cotton
See also: Boo Dogg and Me | Thornberry | Sewn by Elizabeth | Up Sew Late

October 24, 2016

Sew: Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt


Another pattern that I'm late to the party with. Never mind. This is the Sewaholic Hollyburn skirt which is a lovely pattern that is well drafted. I've made it in a stretch wool suiting but I'm dying to make it in a wool crepe with a lovely drape. It would also be fabulous in a linen for summer. The possibilities are endless!

Project Details
Pattern: Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt, size 16
Fabric: Stretch wool suiting from The Fabric Store
Alterations: None
See also: Sewn By Elizabeth | Owl Laughing | The Long & Winding Bobbin

Sew: Cashmerette Appleton Dress

As always, I'm late to the party with this pattern. I like to see how everyone else goes before I attempt a pattern!

The pattern is of course the Cashmerette Appleton wrap dress. I do love a good wrap dress but the last one I made slips off my shoulders so I get sore shoulders when I wear it. The Appleton stays exactly where it is supposed to. The wrap provides good coverage up top and I won't need to wear a slip underneath (when the weather finally warms up!). I find the top layer of skirt drops down when I wear it. This is fixed if I tie it up under my breast but the wrap wants to tie around my waist where I prefer it to tie. I will need to look in to this more before I make my next version. I'm planning a plain black one next.

The fabric is a viscose knit that I picked up at the House of Cloth a few weeks ago when I went to Bendigo with some fellow sewing ladies. It was hanging in the window and I couldn't walk past. I love the colour. The fabric is pilling slightly where it rubs against something, like my work lanyard or under my arms. We'll see how it goes. The only other issue with the fabric is that the tie is a little to heavy for the fabric and I can't pull it too tightly around me. I'll use a thicker knit with more stretch next time.

Project Details
Pattern: Cashmerette Appleton Dress, size 16
Fabric: Viscose jersey from House of Cloth
Alterations: Lengthened skirt by 6cm
See also: Crafting a Rainbow | Thornberry | Idle Fancy
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