Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Pin-striped Dress

Stash-busting 2015:  A Marcy Tilton Design

Fabric:                       3.1 metres of striped knit @ $7.01 ($2.00/metre)

Pattern:                     Vogue 8975 @ $8.55 ($5.99 online sale + shipping)

Sewn on:                Janome 4120 QDC using the knit stitch and the regular presser foot. No twin needle sewing was done on this project.    

Seam finish:           Serged on Janome MyLock 234D.  Hems were left down with serged edges.  

The best part of this dress was putting it together. I really did enjoy sewing this one, it is just like putting together a puzzle. The sewing went quickly and as long as you transfer all the markings onto your fabric pieces you shouldn't have any issues. I actually spent more time cutting out the pieces as several pieces were cut as one.

I do wish that it was longer though. I did notice that it falls about knee length on the model on the pattern envelope but since I am only five foot nothing, I thought it would be at a favourable midi length on me. Not so. It is not horrible, I just wish it was a wee bit longer. Since I did not want to lose any length from the dress I did an overlock stitch and left it at that at the hemline.

And I did think that my derrière was getting a little larger because I notice that the back hemline sat higher than the front hemline. I was mistaken as this is mention in the pattern description as a design element. No, seriously, I'm not kidding. The pattern states, "front longer than back." I wish I noticed that before I cut out my fabric!

There are parts of this dress that I absolutely love; the pockets, the overall fit around the bust and shoulder and the sleeves. If I do make another version of this dress, I would raise the front neckline next time but otherwise I also love the finish of the neckline.  

All-in-all, it is an extremely comfortable pullover knit dress.  

This medium weight knit fabric has been in my stash for more than a decade. I picked it up when Fanny Fabrics closed down and even though it wasn't a love-at-first-sight sort of fabric, I picked it up because it was such a good deal. The fabric worked well with this design. It has small pin-strips running through it which highlights the different directional pieces of this design. Total cost for the dress came to $15.56 dress and added bonus it looks like my sewing mojo is back.  

Happy Sewing!


  1. Oh my gosh! Thanks for mentioning that hem design feature?! I have been sitting on this one for a while. I would love to it see on you. Looks lovely!

  2. Nice dress! I miss Fanny Fabrics

  3. Your dress is sooooo much prettier than the envelope examples!! I have passed this up time after time because of the latter. Now I think I'll give it a go in a solid knit. Thks for the heads up on length, I'm 5'7", usually add 3" to any pattern. And I definitely want my back longer as well. Just not into that Tilton tilted look that sometimes looks like a mistake! Great dress!


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