Optimism, Enlightenment and Happiness
Posted in Projects on Sunday the 12th January 2020 by Vicki Ormerod
I love yellow. I think yellow shines with optimism, enlightenment, and happiness. Beams of golden yellow carry the promise of a positive future and can spark creative thoughts. Recently I find myself getting drawn to yellow (especially mustard yellow) more, and I instantly fell in love with the colour of this Ponte Roma Knit
With my second project for Minerva, there were a few ‘firsts’ – this was my first time to sew ponte knit, also the first time to work with plaids patterns. As much as I loved the fabric, and wanted to get onto sewing as soon as possible, I must admit it took me a while to decide what to make. I found different styles of plaid dresses I quite liked, but I had to think how I would have to play with prints and patterns to suit my baby bump. :)
I chose the Reese Tie Up Eyelet Dress with slip as it is designed with comfort in mind. It can be made from both knits and wovens and the perfect slip can be worn alone or under the dress. I also thought the fitting could be quite flexible with the eyelets and ribbon.
I often use a project planner as it is a great way to organise and record sewing ideas and projects. I love using Seamwork’s free printable sewing planner.
In The Making
One of my main focuses for this project was pattern matching. My preferred method of cutting stripes and plaids is to cut pattern pieces from a single layer. Cutting pattern pieces flat avoids the pinning process required for cutting two layers at once. For cut-on-fold pattern pieces, I cut one side first, then flip the pattern piece, align centre front/centre back and then cut the remaining side.
If you’re looking for more resources on different types of stripes, plaids and pattern matching, I find it very helpful to read Seamwork’s blog on tips and matching techniques.
Don’t forget to understitch! The understitching helps the edge roll ever so slightly inward, keeping the facing edge smooth and unseen. Plus, it’s easier to press the facing inside if it has been understitched. While it might seem like an extra step in your garment construction, it actually makes turning and pressing easier. It also makes the garments look more professional.
After understitching the facing, I turned it inside, pressed and top stitched to secure the facing in the place.
I decided to go with smaller eyelets, different to Mimi G’s dress on the pattern front. I practised adding an eyelet on a scrap fabric first, as it would be quite hard to reverse a mistake. A total of 48 eyelets (4mm) were used.
Once I finished adding the eyelets, I put the black ribbon (3mm) through and made a bow on the bottom.
Considering this is my first time to work with a plaid pattern, I think I did an alright job and am happy how it turned out. The fabric’s thickness and stretch make the finished garment professional and very comfortable to be in. I like it how I can adjust the tightness with the ribbon.
To Sum up..
- Pattern: ‘The Reese’ Tie up eyelet dress with slip, by Mimi G, Sew Sew Def, size Small - Fabrics and Notions: Ponte Roma Knit fabric (mustard), 48 black eyelets (4mm), 2m black ribbon, fusible interfacing - Design Modifications: Used smaller eyelets - Fitting Alterations: None