Tuesday, 22 December 2015

A Christmas Party Megan Dress

 My first Megan dress, from Tilly and the Buttons book Love at First Stitch, I made over a year ago. As that was in a thick ponte knit fabric, it seems to have become aligned with autumn\winter in my mind, and I hadn't actually thought about making another until I bought this beautiful black wool with red polka dots from Sew Over It. I thought with a few fitting changes it would make the perfect little warm Christmas party number. Although it's barely dropped below 15 degrees and I wore a summer dress out last week....!

The problem with my first Megan was that it was too roomy all over, particularly around the back neckline and zip seam. I wear it often, but I do feel its stretched over time, and as its made from a knit fabric I don't even have to undo the zip to get it over my head.
To get a closer, more form fitting dress I decided to take out around 1.5 inches down the centre back seam. I also took out excess fabric around the front and back neckline by overlapping the pattern piece and converting the excess into the darts.

I cut out my pattern pieces last Friday evening, and after a few hours sewing on Saturday morning (even with redoing a dodgy invisible zip!) it was ready to go for Christmas drinks that evening. It's just a really straightforward and easy pattern to sew up, and a great wardrobe builder. The only issue is that its one of the only dresses I have where the zip goes right up to the neck, and I cant reach it myself (and i'm pretty bendy!). So if I wear it out late and come home to a fast asleep soon-to-be Mr Makes, I've not got much choice but to sleep in it!

As I'm back at my parents house for a couple of days my mum was in charge of taking photos this time, and our rather needy labradoodle decided to photobomb...!
And as it's difficult to see the cute pattern on this fabric, here's a close-up...

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