Hi all! I am back this week with a new dress. As fall is really here, I realized I wanted to have some more cold weather options. So, I set out to purchase some thicker knit fabrics at the yearly Fall fabric market, which was allowed to continue with 1/2 the amount of stalls due to coronavirus measures.
Lots of stalls have started a websop too in these times, so I am able to link everything I purchased!
I didn’t purchase as many fabrics as I would normally do on a fabric market, but I am still happy with my haul.
- Cherry cotton jersey from delappenkraam.nl
- Floral Punta di Roma from delappenkraam.nl
- 2 ribbing fabrics, black and lime (the lime is for practicing) from fourniturengigant.nl
- Pinking shears (these have been on my wishlist FOREVER!) from fourniturengigant.nl
I knew I wanted to try another cowl pattern, as I was unhappy with how deep the one is on my hot pink dress. So, I drafted another with the instructions by Threads Magazine. You slash and spread the pattern in this way to make a drapy cowl.
Then you add a facing, which is sort of a copy of the neckline but mirrored. This will make the cowl drape better and not show the white inside of the fabric. If you would have a plain fabric that is dyed through, you probably can get away wih a normal hem.
Everything fit pretty well on the 2,5 meters I purchased, there was enough for a wide skirt too.
Here’s the center front panel showing the cowl neck.
And here’s the facing, folded inward and matching up with the shoulder seam. Pretty neat!
I used the serger on most seams, but here I am just topstitching the facing edge down.
The skirt is 2 gathered rectangles of both 1.40 meters wide. I always use two gathering rows as it makes the gathers more even in my opinion.
I’m skipping over quite a bit but you’ve all seen me set in sleeves and sew princess seams, right? Here I am showing the waist elastic that I stitched to the bodice with a zigzag stitch (it barely shows on the dark fabric). This supports the weight of the skirt, which is quite heavy as it’s 2.80 meters wide!
After chopping 8 cm off the sleeves, I hemmed the sleeves and skirt, and I tried it on – it looked horrible! The skirt was so heavy it pulled the whole cowl down, resulting in no drapy cowl neckline and an uneven waist seam. The waist elastic helped a little, but not enough. In other words, my cowl neck pattern failed me again…
I decided to stitch another piece of elastic straight down the center front, and I ended up really liking this option. You can barely see it here, tho!
Overall I am not super unhappy with this dress, but I am giving up on this type of cowl neck. Next time I will draft a separate cowl to stitch to a normal neckline. I’ve already begun drafting and looking for more fabrics online LOL!
I also made some really cute masks out of this quilting cotton with little thread spools on them. Aren’t they adorable!
And of course I made some spooky masks too as it is October!
Thanks again for reading,