My journey with knits continues ….
My wardrobe is full of knit dresses. I love them because I am prone to yo yo with my weight and a knit dress is very forgiving of the odd extra pound or two – oh let’s be honest and say it is the odd half a stone or two. I love the way that the fabric seems to stretch with you although like elasticated waists on trousers it can lead you to a false sense of security and a feeling that there is no immediate rush to do anything about those extra pounds – what extra pounds – my dresses fit just fine!
Anyway I digress – I decided to pick something simple for the next chapter in my knit adventure and after much browsing of the internet came across the Sewaholic Davie dress. I have never sewn a Sewaholic pattern before although I had heard through the blogging grapevine that they were particularly suited to pear shapes like me. The dress looked very simple and I especially liked the floaty hem at the bottom – I like a bit of girth in the hem department.
This was a really simple dress to make and I made no adjustment to the pattern apart from extending it slightly around the hipline because there are pear shapes and then there are my kind of pear shapes which are slightly larger than the average.
I used my overlocker for the whole thing and it was very quick to make up. I put bias binding around the armholes which were a touche on the large side for me – I don’t like the side of my bra showing when I lift my arm – but wasn’t too bothered as I always intended to wear a cardigan with it.
I missed out 2 design details – the first was the keyhole opening at the neck simply because I have no idea how to stop and start my overlocker mid seam so if anyone can point me in the right direction I would be grateful! I tend to let my overlocker just run away with itself. It took me ages to summon up the confidence and courage to sew a sleeve in using the overlocker. I wasn’t sure how to end so just let it veer off course when I reached my starting point.
The second was the top stitching of the seams as I am not sure how you top stitch an overlocked seam – there seemed to be no point to it. Am I missing something?
On the whole I am really pleased with how it turned out.
It is a nice little wardrobe staple for the office – this photo was taken at the office by my 21 year old male colleague who is such a sweetie – he is now my official photographer. Would you believe that we have a new dress code at work which is wear what you like. So I am now surrounded by staff wearing jeans and trainers. Yesterday someone came in wearing shorts and flip flops – I asked if he was going to the beach. I am sooooo old fashioned. There is no dress code at all now so I am thinking of turning up for work in my pyjamas and fluffy slippers to see if anyone complains. I guess it really is time for me to retire (if only I could afford it!)