Swirly thing alert

I had a day out in London with a friend yesterday. Now technically we were supposed to be looking for furnishing fabric, not dress fabric. But we found ourselves having a quick look in the shops down Berwick Street, and she pointed out this amazing viscose knit, and it was reasonably priced.

Viscose knit print

Viscose knit print

So it had to come home with me. And now I need to find a pattern for it. I really want a maxi dress; I’ve seen some fantastic Pucci silk jersey maxis out there on the Internet and I should have enough of the fabric for that sort of style: floor length, long sleeves, and a very deep v-neck. However my fabric’s four-way stretch and very slinky so I need to pick the pattern carefully.

Having spent the day going through my entire collection of Burdas, the big four websites, and all the vintage maxi patterns on Etsy, I think my best option is
Vogue 8489 (line art below) because the interfaced bands around the collar and V-neck will provide some support. I’ll probably double up the fabric in the bodice too. The pattern’s not a maxi but I ought to be able to lengthen the skirt quite easily.

Vogue 8489 view F line art

I suspect I’m going to have to do something to stablize the shoulder and armsyce seams. I’ve heard about sewing clear elastic into them but that sounds like it might turn out bulky. Or is clear elastic much thinner than regular elastic? Anyone out there got any recommendations?

Radio silence

I’ve been having a little break from blogging for the last couple of weeks because real life has been getting in the way. But things have calmed down a little now, and I managed to get some sewing done at the weekend. The weather’s been so unseasonably cold in the UK lately that I was in need of more warm dresses for work. Enter some blue wool doubleknit that’s been lurking in my stash for a while and Burda 122-09-2010. This is the 2010 September cover dress that was a huge hit in the sewing blogosphere at the time.

I’ve made this pattern a couple of times before. I did a version in a grey mystery knit and a sleeveless one in neoprene, but I think the new one is my favourite. It’s very comfortable and easy to wear.

The doubleknit doesn’t fray at all, so I didn’t finish any of the seams or hem the dress. This makes it a bit flimsy at the hemline, but it’s livable with.

I’m hoping the weather warms up soon, but I have plans for some more wool knit dresses in the near future if it doesn’t.