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Mar 24, 2017

My Self-Draped Knit Dress: a Work in Progress


A day of draping and non-stop sewing -- my favorite kind of day!

I am happy to say that I've made good progress on my knit dress assignment, though it's not going to be finished for tomorrow's class.  I got carried away and spent a lot of time on small details.  I wanted the dress to have piping.  That slowed me down quite a bit but the results (see top pic) are worth it!


You can see me sew my piping here.  In case you're wondering, you do not have to cut bias strips to making piping with a knit -- there's already plenty of stretch.   The piping really makes the midriff yoke stand out, and since I used my same fashion fabric, the effect is more subtle than if I'd used a solid color like black.

I experimented with a lot of different ideas; I wanted to make something truly wearable.  A halter neck was a possibility but seemed like a bit of cheat, since you don't have to deal with armholes (let alone sleeves).



Initially I thought I'd use the gray polyester knit I'd purchased the same day I bought my print knit, but it was too thin for what I had in mind.  I'll use it down the line I'm sure.


Even though my print knit was more substantial than the gray polyester above, I decided to interline the bodice and midriff yoke of my dress with cotton jersey.  I figured if someone was ever going to wear this dress, they'd want a little more support and coverage.  The extra layer also helps to support the weight of the skirt, which is gathered, and makes the knit fabric look more substantial.  I also interfaced the yokes and front facing edges with knit interfacing.


Rather than use paper pattern pieces, I cut my pattern out of cotton jersey.  It made more sense to me since I'm using a stretch fabric.


Since every knit handles a little differently, I had to do quite a bit of trimming and adjusting while assembling the dress.  I still want to add bishop sleeves but that will have to wait until next week.


Here's how things look as of this evening.  It's nice as-is, but I really want it to have sleeves. 


As usual, much more sewing -- and draping -- ahead.

Have a great day, everybody!

Mar 21, 2017

Learning How to Drape in Knit


In my Saturday morning draping class (Draping IV), we're currently working in knit and I'm finding it very challenging.

Mar 16, 2017

My Jockey Journey or "The Crapification of Men's Undershirts"


Readers, today I need to get something off my chest and I don't mean my undershirt.

Mar 6, 2017

My Self-Drafted Men's Shirt + Kenzo Klunker?


Here's the shirt I designed last week for my menswear patternmaking class at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).

Mar 2, 2017

GLAMOUR ALERT -- Lenore Models My Yellow Crepe Ensemble!


Readers, a special treat!

My beautiful friend Lenore (who, among her many talents, is a handbag designer), has modeled my wool crepe ensemble, my final project for a draping class I took at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) last fall.

You can view the results on the Mood Sewing Network here.  

Feb 25, 2017

NAME THAT PATTERN -- Comeback Edition!


Readers, it was time.

The sewing blogosphere hasn't been the same since I retired NAME THAT PATTERN, the Internet's favorite sewing pattern game.  So I'm delighted to report that we're back, and with straighter teeth, fuller lips, and a noticeably firmer jawline,

Feb 23, 2017

FULL FRONTAL: Peter Models the Camo Shirt Jacket!


Readers, as promised, the BIG REVEAL.

Check out my new camo jacket over at the Mood Sewing Network here!

Feb 21, 2017

More Camo Capers!



Remember this jacket I made last August?

Feb 16, 2017

1920's Butterick Men's Shirt Pattern - The Muslin


Yesterday I realized that I'd traced the wrong size for the Japanese shirt pattern I'd intended to make:  I'd traced a Medium but I actually needed a Large.

Feb 13, 2017

New Sewing Project, New Pattern, New Sewing Machine!


Well, more like a new-to-me sewing machine.

Feb 9, 2017

SNOW LEOPARD! -- Michael Models the Animal Print Shirt


Let it never be said that Michael isn't an intrepid model!

Feb 6, 2017

Feb 1, 2017

First Fabric Haul of 2017


Readers, it's been a while since I've shared a fabric shopping haul with you.

Jan 18, 2017

Hear my recorded interview!


Hey, friends!

You can hear a recording of the interview I did yesterday with Dawn and Alethia on That Sewing Blab by just clicking HERE for Crowdcast and HERE for YouTube.

Jan 17, 2017

Whatever Happened to the Bed Jacket?


Friends, when is the last time you saw someone wear a bed jacket who wasn't starring in a 1940's film noir?
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