Hurrah! Almost done, here is my 5th 6PAC piece. I wore it today, and it performed brilliantly.
Before I begin, let me explain the state of my lower legs. Tuesday was the day my Women’s Institute chose for our monthly walk. It was very hot (for the UK) about 27 degrees C, so I wore my capri length trousers as did almost all of us, apart from those in above knee shorts. The farmers whose land was crossed by the footpaths had not cut back the weeds lately. I was scratched by brambles and stung by nettles. They are healing but no one would ask me to model shoes for a while!
Right, down to the dress. It’s marvellous, and the drafting is spot on. What else is there to say? I chose a cotton jersey from one of my favourite ebay sellers shazzafancydressandfabric4u . She sells printed jerseys in small quantities, you aren’t quite sure what the fabric blends are, but the patterns are up to date. If you see something you like , buy it straight away as it will go quickly. Anyway, this one is very light with not much stretch.
I have never used a jersey on the bias before, and the layout puzzled me. I had to sit and look at it carefully to make sure I had the pieces correctly positioned. Also finding clear floor space for a large piece of fabric was difficult. My jersey took a lot of persuading to lie flat and square. That was the hardest part of the entire make. I cut a size 30 bodice with a D cup, and this gave me a snug fit. I cut a 30 waist skirt.
I don’t have any nice fusible stay tape, so I used cotton tape instead on the shoulders and pocket seams. Will Steph ban me from buying any more patterns? My new overlocker has a slot in the foot to feed tape through whilst sewing a seam so I do it that way now. It works really well so I’m going to stay with it.
I was a bit surprised to see the neck and sleeve bindings were cut on the grain. I had the feeling they are usually cut to make use of the stretch, but I haven’t had any problems. I sewed up the dress as per the instructions, and it was all fine. The neckline doesn’t sag at all, and I am very pleased with the fit of the back.