29 April 2011
Materials: 2 yards of a jersey print fabric (listed as cotton, but definitely synthetic) from Fabric.com; Vogue 1224 pattern.
Time: A couple of afternoons.
Cost: $10 fabric + $4 pattern = $14. (In parentheses: $30 list price for this pattern? I know that it’s part of your designer collection and all, but seriously, Vogue?)
Lady mags are always going on about how easy jersey dresses are. Easy, comfy, wrinkle-resistant, and on and on. So I decided to whip one up from this length of jersey that’s been hanging around my fabric stash for the past year. It would, I figured, certainly be a fast and almost slapdash project after the Lady Grey.
Here, as always, some quick internet research on the pattern saved me a ton of potential sewing headaches. This is a very simple pattern, meant to have a tight-ish skirt and a loose-ish top, but most of the bloggers who’ve made it up noted that the top was very loose and the skirt very short and tight. Duly noted; when I cut out my fabric, I:
- Cut the bodice pieces one size smaller, and the skirt two sizes larger, than my usual size
- Added 1″ to the bodice length
- Added as much length as I could squeeze from my fabric to the skirt (which ended up being a little over 2″)
While making it, I also shortened the neck elastic a lot, and sewed the skirt and lining hems together on the inside, because I am lazy and dislike hemming.
After all of the pre-research, this was a really quick project; it took me as long to thread the neck elastic through the neckline as it did to do the rest of the construction.
I also ventured for the first time into the land of using a twin needle for the neck and arm edges, and it wasn’t nearly as fearsome as I’d imagined. The tips on this page were very helpful; I ended up using a bobbin of hand-wound woolly nylon, as recommended, and strips of Steam-A-Seam as a stabilizer to prevent skipped stitches.
The verdict: this dress is, as advertised, extremely, almost absurdly, comfy and easy. Jersey dresses! Who knew? Besides women’s magazines, that is?