Monday, 16 March 2015

Wrap Dress from the Great British Sewing Bee Book 2!

This has been on my sewing list since about last summer when I got the Great British Sewing Bee - Sew Your Own Wardrobe book for my birthday. I don't have a wrap dress in my wardrobe and I thought one in a mid-weight jersey would be a good all-season make for British weather.
Its been pretty chilly here the last few days, but with tights, a coat and scarf I'm just warm enough. (so yes in this picture I'm pretty darn cold!) 
I'm also off on holiday in a few weeks time and a wrap dress will be great for a beach cover up.

The fabric I used is a medium weight cotton jersey with not too much stretch so it wasn't too difficult to sew. Its a grey/blue/turquoise fabric with a sort of swirly feather print on it. (Yes, that really is the best description I can do....)
All the seams I sewed with a double stitch as is recommended in the book, sewing along the seam line then 1/4" away with a zigzag stitch. I also used a double needle to sew the hems. I've been a bit scared of doing this in the past but it's actually really straightforward and super easy for finishing knit fabric hems.

I used a navy blue pre-bought bias binding, which I've not done before. I've made my own in the past a couple of times but I'm often a bit slap-dash when cutting it up. So pre-made binding made it a lot easier and its probably the neatest binding I've done. I'm pretty proud of my topstitching too!

I'm happy with the dress and the fit, although I'm not sure i'd make another. I feel I only need one wrap dress.... it definitely fills a gap in my wardrobe though!

What's on your sewing table at the moment? I've got lots of plans for my spring summer wardrobe this year so watch this space!

Not really sure what I'm doing here... thinking pose?
Emily Kate.

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