Just walking the dog…
It’s a long time since I laughed so hard as I did yesterday when these photos were taken.
This is my dog niece… Maggie, who’s a corgi, and she was such a good sport.
More dog photos soon… but meanwhile since this is a sewing blog, it seems fitting to tell you about my new denim dress. It’s the Midi-Length Jumper Dress (Pattern G) from Stylish Dress Book : Simple Smocks, Dresses & Tops (often referred to as Stylish Dress Book 2) by Yoshiko Tsukiori.
Midi isn’t my thing, so I ignored the ‘lengthen by 5 1/8″ (13cm)’ instructions at the bottom of the front and back pattern pieces and didn’t add a hem allowance. The result is a little longer than I would wear in the summer-time, but it’s perfect for winter. Note to self… please buy or make a half slip to avoid the tights clinging to dress scenario.
This was my first top stitching experience and I’m happy with the results. For this project, and with quite a few test samples, I used most of a 30m spool of top stitching thread. As the name suggests, I used top stitching thread on the top spool and normal 100% polyester thread in a similar colour in the bobbin. I slightly increased my stitch length and backed off on the speed. I found that the top stitching was much neater on areas that had been interfaced.
One of my favourite things about this dress is the little pocket. It’s perfectly sized and placed.
To my surprise, I loved all the top stitching and I look forward to making another jumper dress soon. The photos don’t really show that the dress is actually a little big for me, particularly under the arms, so I’ll size down next time and see how it goes.
Before I sign off, I have to rave about this denim from M Recht. It’s a medium weight, with a touch of stretch and in a great indigo blue colour with a brown base. Going on Jane’s recommendations, I brought 1.5m of fabric, cut out my back and then… shock horror… I realised I didnt’ have enough fabric for the front. A silly assumption that my denim was 60″ (150cm) wide was where I’d come unstuck. For future reference, it was 52″ (130cm) after a trip through my washing machine and a spin in my dyer.
Not to be beaten, I got creative and my denim jumper dress ended up with a seam down the middle. No big deal.
Pattern: Midi-Length Jumper Dress (Pattern G) from Stylish Dress Book : Simple Smocks, Dresses & Tops by Yoshiko Tsukiori
Fabric: Comfort Stretch Denim (98% Cotton/2% Elastane) from M Recht
Alterations: Ignored the ‘lengthen by 5 1/8″ (13cm)’ instructions at the bottom of the front and back pattern pieces and didn’t add a hem allowance
Accessories: Uimi Indiana Scarf & boots purchased from Florsheim