8.5.12

Orange

I love it when fabric and pattern come together.  I was thinking that Vogue 1285 would be perfect made up in a linen knit when Tessuti put a heap of linen knits in their online shop.  I ordered the fabric straight-away.  Then GOOP had "orange dress" on her must-have list for Spring.  Look at all the orange dresses on Net-a-porter.

So I was firing on all cylinders, raring to go, when I stalled.  Turns out I was a bit scared.  I hadn't ever sewn with linen knit before.  I have some linen knit garments that I purchased and love.  Linen knit is different to other knits.  It has stretch, but not great recovery.  The texture and drape is beautiful.  I decided that my best bet was to make a muslin so that I could minimise handling during construction of the real thing.  I did not want to be trying on the dress every 5 minutes, distorting the fabric. 

I had a cheap knit in my stash that somebody had given me that I decided to use for the muslin.  It had a similar handle to the linen knit.  Fitted dresses with waist seams and sleeves are a bit of a fitting nightmare for me.  I made the muslin and adjusted it to fit.  I came back to it a week later and adjusted it some more.  Then I pulled the shoulder seams apart and started draping it on my body double.  Eventually I was happy.  Then I pulled the whole thing apart and compared it to my pattern.  Well my muslin fabric must have distorted considerably, because some of the pieces, after trimming, were bigger than the original pattern pieces.  Never mind.  I got there in the end. 

I wore the dress last week, with a slip I already owned, and a self-fabric belt.


The slip was a bit high at the CF and peeked out at the bottom, so I ordered some more of a viscose knit that I had bought from the Fabric Store to make a slip.  The Vogue pattern included a pattern for a slip, but I did not use this, as it included a waist seam and bust darts, which I thought were unnecessary for a knit slip.  Instead, I just lay my existing slip on my fabric and cut around it.  I folded it on the CF and CB to cut, instead of laying flat, as the front and back are different widths.


I then whipped up the slip, using my overlocker and coverstitch machine.


In this next photo I am wearing the dress with the new slip and a purchased belt.  The waist seam looks a little low.  I had it 1.5 cm higher on the muslin and it seemed too high.  Waist seam placement is something that I never seem to get right.



 I made quite a few fitting adjustments.  Most of them were my usual alterations, but I also had to move the darts quite a bit.  I sewed them on the inside, rather than the suggested right side, partly because they were less symmetrical than the darts suggested on the pattern, but also because I am not too fussed on darts on the outside.

I had to reshape the neckline quite a bit (narrow, shallow chest).  This meant I had to redraft the front bands / facings.  I did not alter the collar, as it had a flat edge.  When I made the dress up the collar was very wavy and home-sewn looking.  At first I though it was the under-stitching or maybe the interfacing.  I then realised that it was because the collar needed to be curved as a result of me curving the neckline edge.  Of course, I only realised this after I had sewn, overlocked and coverstitched the collar into place.  I couldn't bear it though, so the unpicker came out and you can see my solution below.  It has meant that the cut out bits are not the same length, but I think that this is better than the collar that would not sit flat.


At the muslin stage, I gave up trying to adjust the sleeve pattern and ended up draping a sleeve on my body double.  I think it turned out not too bad, though maybe I could flatten the back of the sleeve cap a little more.


You can see the final shape of the sleeve in the photo below.

I did not muslin the full length of the skirt, but perhaps I should have, because it would not hang right.  I don't know if this was a pattern problem or a cutting problem, but I fixed it up.  It is possible that the resulting skirt has less flare than the original pattern (just in case you need to know).  I had to shorten the sleeved and the dress to get the lengths in my picture.

25 comments:

  1. Your new dress looks great - love the use of the linen knit and the colour you chose. I think your orange slip looks great too - I can see it being used for a little hint of colour under lots of other garments.

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  2. I have eyed this pattern off a few times. I love your linen knit version and was interested to hear how it sewed up as I have never worked with it. Great colour!

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  3. It looks great - what an interesting neckline. It sounds like you went the super-cautious route with this dress and all that prep work paid off.

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  4. All of your adjustments paid off. The dress looks great and it must be so comfortable made out of the linen knit. I love the look of linen knit, but haven't purchased any myself yet. Very inspirational.

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  5. Looks like a lot of work - but you now have such a beautiful dress!

    This is one of the patterns that's been sitting on my sewing table for a while as I try to think about fabric, so it's great to see and hear about a sewn example!

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  6. Gorgeous dress. The colour and fit are terrific,and the collar is a great detail. I am very interested in your linen knit experience, how tempting Tessuti sounds right now....

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  7. The color is gorgeous. It's a very soft orange. I was just looking at this pattern at the store yesterday. Linen knit sounds just wonderful.

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  8. I love this sherbet color. It is so soft and floral looking. Really a beautiful dress, and your work is evident. The collar especially looks terrific.

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  9. Ah, I so love this- it just lays so nicely and the details are so soft.

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  10. This is a lovely dress and your jersey is such a pretty colour.

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  11. The dress looks great! I love the color and the collar.

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  12. I love linen knits as well. Must be something about the weather in Australia. They just are so comfortable. I'm from Sydney but wear my linen knits well into winter by layering them. I love your dress and was at Tessuti in Chatswood the other day eyeing them off. Didn't quite make it into my basket though. Still tempted.

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  13. Wheh! Reading all about the muslining and changing you did wore me out, but the dress looks great on you, both fit and color. I am so jealous of the ready availability of linen knits, which I don't think I have ever seen in stores where I shop.

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  14. Just gorgeous. I have an orange carigan from the same fabric which I have worn to death.

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  15. Oops...meant cardigan...I can't type anymore.

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  16. Stunning...just stunning and so worth the journey you made!

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  17. Looks really lovely. You look happier in your knit wrap than me. The colour is so pretty. I'm liking the first look best. The band on the sleeve is nice.

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  18. Your dress is lovely, The neckline is so interesting

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  19. I too have this pattern and some of the linen knit. Didn't think of using this fabric to make a dress. I'll have to rethink my options - love the dress and the slip.

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  20. This is a gorgeous color, and once again, you have a fabric that I've been drooling over! I've looked at that exact color several times so it's nice to see it up close and hear about its behavior. I think I feel that way about tissue knits. I give up on the shape they are supposed to be because they won't stay that way, not even in the first wearing! But this is a really lovely style for the fabric. It feels very relaxed and pretty.

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  21. Oh I just adore your dress. Great idea about the slip. I loved that pattern when it came out and I think the linen knit is just perfect! Great choice.

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  22. This is so pretty, and the color is great on you.

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  23. Lovely dress! I really like the sleeve cuffs.

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  24. Nice dress! I've been wondering about this pattern and yours looks great. I love your fabric choice (and color) with this pattern.

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  25. I so pleased to see this because I have this pattern. your version looks lovely.

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