New Look 6262 Luxury Crepe Dress by Emma
Posted in Projects on Monday the 9th July 2018 by Vicki Ormerod
The colour way for this is a amazingly bright Emerald and it’s such a lovely rich colour. I had my first experience with a green crepe pretty early in my sewing and it wasn’t that I was feeling adventurous, I didn’t even know what the difference was between fabrics! Obviously crepe is not the beginners friend! As a result, it produced a less than satisfying dress which I never wore. I had dreams of it being amazing though so I wanted to replicate that dress.
This pattern is pretty and feminine and allows for a little cap sleeve, which is important to me as I don't like to show my arms. The skirt is quite heavily gathered and I thought the crepe would lend itself well to this.
The pattern is quite simple in construction though there are quite a few darts for shaping and I was glad that the fabric pressed quite well. The sleeves are quite heavily gathered which make for a quite feminine little cap. I was a little worried that the gathers would be a challenge because it is quite a thick crepe and I find thicker fabrics can be trickier to gather, so I sewed a few gathering lines to be sure and it gathered up nicely . The dress requires a invisible zip and this was pretty easy to insert too, I had overlocked my fabric ready so it was pretty simple though I will say this fabric doesn't fray desperately as some crepes do.
A few tips for working with this fabric; use super sharp pins as the fabric is quite substantial but liable to snag. Also, definitely allow the hem to drop, this is something I am guilty of skipping in my urge to finish my garments but with this fabric, it's essential. I had to straighten my hem quite a bit once it had hung but it also makes it easy to press and hem.
So, she's done. I don't sew with plains often but this is so luxurious that it doesn't feel plain. It feels classic and floaty and I love it. What do you think?
Thanks for reading,