Posted on Tuesday the 29th October 2013 by Miss Dibs
I really enjoyed working on this month's project for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. The weather has well and truly turned over a new leaf so it is all wet and windy now in the UK. Waking up in the morning is becoming more and more difficult for me, and I am already dreaming of the days when darkness only comes calling at 10 pm. I have not really gone into cold weather sewing mode yet, but my project this month is meant to ease me (gently) into sewing with heavier fabric.
The fabric I used is a plum tweed jersey, which has a grainy texture to it, and has little specks of black. It is quite warm when worn, and it was a dream to sew. I did not really know what to sew with it, but I knew it was going to be a dress. So I went through my pattern stash, and pulled out McCalls 6752
. If you have this pattern in your stash, get it out NOW and make it. It is so quick. This is probably the easiest thing I have made with a pattern. If you are new to sewing knits, I strongly recommend this pattern.
I made view B, but since I wanted a maxi dress, I lengthened the hem of the skirt. That was really easy to do as you can see from my little pictorial below. You'll have to forgive my attempts at drawing. I am no Picasso.
1 - Decide on how long you want your skirt to be, and add the extra inches to the existing skirt length, not forgetting to add extra centimetres for your hem allowance.
2 - Draw a straight line perpendicular to the first line
3 - From the widest point of the skirt hip, draw a line down, connecting it to line 2.
And that folks, is all. I am sure there are more professional methods of doing this, but this is what I did, and it worked for me.
I wore the dress last weekend to go shopping with my older sister. As you can see from the picture above, I ventured out in my flip flops because though it was windy, it was not cold. A good thing I wore them though because when I got to Oxford Street, I bought a pair of brogues, and wore them immediately. My flip flops conveniently disappeared.
Now for some tomfoolery