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Fabric Review…Black Ribbed Knit by Ali

This is a very interesting Dressmaking Fabric. It’s heavy and chunky and will be fabulous for winter so I decided to make a simple Sew Over It Molly dress which can be worn with or without a belt. 

The fabric parcel that arrived from Minerva was huge, it’s a bulky fabric, and the cut edges were very fragile on unwrapping. The rib unusually runs horizontally and so the stripes of rib very easily come undone. I washed it at 30 degrees and then trimmed the top and bottom cut edges.

Black is very tricky to photograph but I hope you will be able to see what I mean.

The Molly dress is very easy. The back and front are cut on the fold, there is a sleeve piece and a neckband and that is all. I made sure I cut along the lines of the rib to minimise the unravelling and then sewed the dress on the overlocker so all edges were enclosed. I decided to add sleeve cuffs just to neaten the edges and overlocked the hem before stitching on a long stitch length on the sewing machine. I cut the neckband lengthways for a little contrast.

The fabric has a lovely amount of 2 way stretch and this makes this dress very comfy to wear and very flattering. 

I haven’t washed it again yet so can’t comment on how well the colour is lasting, but I think it will be a nice warm and cosy dress on colder days. It comes in a grey colour too which would make a lovely sweater dress like the Molly.

Happy sewing!

Ali x

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