Deer and Doe Zephyr Stripe Dress
Posted in Projects on Sunday the 7th July 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
As soon as you feel this Cotton Jersey
you can tell it’s great quality. It is a medium weight with a firm stretch. With it’s subtle stripes, I thought this would look great sewn up into a Deer and Doe Zephyr Dress
. It’s a princess seamed skater dress designed for medium weight knits.
To make the most of the stripes and since the fabric has a good amount of stretch in all directions, I cut the front and back panels with the stripes running horizontally and the side panel stripes running diagonally.
I modified the dress slightly from the pattern by adding a curved waistband and a panelled, flared skirt. I cut the waistband with the stripes running vertically and the skirt panels similarly to the bodice.
For the skirt, I drew the panels straight onto the fabric. To calculate each panel size, I measured the waistband and divided it by 6 (the number of panels in the skirt). This is how wide the top of each panel needs to be. I drew each panel onto the fabric, making each one wider at the bottom and adding a seam allowance to each side.
The pattern instructions detail how to sew the v-neck binding. I found them quite difficult to understand and would have appreciated some clearer directions. Although not perfect, I’m pleased with my first attempt on how the neckband turned out.
I added clear elastic on the seam allowance to stop it stretching out during wear. I also used clear elastic on the shoulder seams and on the waistband seams. It’s easy to attach using an overlocker (if you have access to one) or a zig zag stitch. As the jersey doesn’t fray, I didn’t bother finishing any of my seams.
For the armholes, the pattern instructs you to fold the binding entirely to the inside. Instead, I attached it using the same method as for the neck since I like it peeking out, especially with the stripy pattern.
Overall I’m pleased with the end result. I’ll definitely be making lots of variations of this dress again.
I love the cotton jersey and how the stripes look in the panels. It’s a really great quality jersey, which can be hard to come by without paying through the nose. It’s lovely and soft too and would make fantastic underwear, leggings and baby clothes.