Sunday, 12 May 2013

Classy checked dress - perfect for work

I know, this dress is old fashioned. I've had this Simplicity 2848 pattern sitting in my drawer for a long time and I finally had enough courage to make it. I was first attracted by the cover image of the red dress worn by the model. Such a little cute dress. It's a classic and perfect for work. 

The fabric I used is Grey with Black Check Wool Blend Flannel. I used an orange piping to match the thin orange stripe on the fabric. It turned out to be great.

The instruction only tells you to line the yoke. I fully lined the dress to make it a good shape and comfortable. Here is the photo of the lining inside. I have my dummy Ruby to try it on. :)

This project involved techniques to sew piping. I have taken a lot of photos to show you. 

For the piping between the yoke and the main front, see this post as I was reviewing the Bernina foot no. 12.

The piping around the neckline is one continuous piece. I sewed the piping with the zipper foot and then attached it to the main fabric.

Then with right sides together, I sewed the neckline of the lining, piping and the main fabric. I also understitched the lining.

Here are more photos of the lining.

I learnt more about lining and piping in this project. The piping adds a subtle contrast to the pattern and colours of the fabric. 

1 comment:

  1. This dress is amazing!! The fit in the butt is PERFECT!!!

    I struggle with getting a perfect fit around my hip/butt because I think I have a swayback, or something.... or my hips don't sit at the right spot?

    When trying on the skirt (before attaching to the bodice) on this dress ( I had to sit the waist seam just at my hips for the butt to fit nicely.
    Once I attached the skirt to the bodice, the waist seam sat at my waist, and the fit on my butt went all wrinkly :(

    Any tips?


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