Short Sleeved Floral Jersey Dress
Posted in Projects on Thursday the 16th May 2019 by Vicki Ormerod
When I received this Jersey Fabric
to try I immediately thought it would be great for a light summery dress. It is a light weight jersey with a slight crinkle texture to it. It is drapey, with plenty of stretch but not too slippery. It has a pretty pattern with pink flowers and turquoise leaves on a dark blue background.
I decided I wanted to make a short sleeved, simple dress with pockets, I wanted it to be fairly fitted at the top and slightly flared out from the waist. I didn't have the perfect pattern so decided to create my own using a ready to wear dress that I already own and like the shape of. I started with a top pattern that I have already altered to fit me. It's sort of a combination of the Sew Over It Molly top and Tilly and the Buttons Agnes top. So it has the grown on sleeves of the Molly but the more curved, slimmer shape of the Agnes and the Agnes neckline, but you could use any top pattern you like. I then used my existing dress as a guide and drafted an extention piece to lengthen my top pattern into a dress, flaring it out at the sides a little and adding a seam allowance. I could have redrawn the whole thing as a new pattern, but decided to leave it as separate pieces which will give me the option to use the skirt piece with other tops to create more dresses in the future.
Then for the pockets, I used a free pattern piece from Athina Kakou's website (she also has a lovely jersey dress pattern and loads of hack ideas so do check out her blog!) but again, you could use an in-seam pocket piece from any pattern really.
The fabric was lovely to cut, not too slippery or curly and the dress sewed up really quickly. I joined the shoulder seams and attached the neckband and then I tried the dress on and decided where I wanted the pockets to be, making sure they were at the same position on each side. I followed Athina's tutorial for sewing the pockets, it's very easy to do and I will definitely be including pockets in future makes!
I'm quite pleased with the final garment, I think it is going to be a useful dress for warm weather, and will fit in with other items I have in my wardrobe. It will be an easy to wear, comfortable, throw it on and get on with your day sort of dress. I think this jersey is perfect for a light summer garment and would also be lovely made into a flowy top. I'm also really chuffed that I've managed to create a pattern for the fit and shape of dress that I like, it's a very simple pattern but one that I can use again and again to create many different versions. I can see me making a long sleeved one for winter too. The beauty of dressmaking is being able to create a garment that is exactly what you want!
Thanks for reading, Zoe