My Self-Draped Knit Dress: a Work in ProgressMarch 24, 2017 / byPeter Lappin / Categories : Feeds
A day of draping and non-stop sewing -- my favorite kind of day!
I am happy to say that I've made good progress on my knit dress assignment, though it's not going to be finished for tomorrow's class. I got carried away and spent a lot of time on small details. I wanted the dress to have piping. That slowed me down quite a bit but the results (see top pic) are worth it!
You can see me sew my piping here. In case you're wondering, you do not have to cut bias strips to making piping with a knit -- there's already plenty of stretch. The piping really makes the midriff yoke stand out, and since I used my same fashion fabric, the effect is more subtle than if I'd used a solid color like black.
I experimented with a lot of different ideas; I wanted to make something truly wearable. A halter neck was a possibility but seemed like a bit of cheat, since you don't have to deal with armholes (let alone sleeves).
Initially I thought I'd use the gray polyester knit I'd purchased the same day I bought my print knit, but it was too thin for what I had in mind. I'll use it down the line I'm sure.
Even though my print knit was more substantial than the gray polyester above, I decided to interline the bodice and midriff yoke of my dress with cotton jersey. I figured if someone was ever going to wear this dress, they'd want a little more support and coverage. The extra layer also helps to support the weight of the skirt, which is gathered, and makes the knit fabric look more substantial. I also interfaced the yokes and front facing edges with knit interfacing.
Rather than use paper pattern pieces, I cut my pattern out of cotton jersey. It made more sense to me since I'm using a stretch fabric.
Since every knit handles a little differently, I had to do quite a bit of trimming and adjusting while assembling the dress. I still want to add bishop sleeves but that will have to wait until next week.
Here's how things look as of this evening. It's nice as-is, but I really want it to have sleeves.
As usual, much more sewing -- and draping -- ahead.
Have a great day, everybody!
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