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Deer and Doe Zephyr Stripe Dress

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.

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