Sunday, March 27, 2016

Wren dress

Happy Easter! I can't believe it, but...I actually made a plan to sew up a dress and got it done in timely fashion for said date! (Insert pat-on-back emoji)



When the Wren pattern first came out I fell in love! I love wrap dresses. I believe wrap dresses are the new little black dress- every lady can feel great in one! This wrap dress pattern includes a gathered skirt (my favorite kind) and a very elegant neck line.


I enjoyed sewing this dress up. Knitwear is probably my favorite thing to make. Maybe because I really love my serger and that's what I sew my knits on. It is probably also due to the fact that knits can be comfortable while still looking cute-which I think, is something that any lady can appreciate! :)

The pattern instructions are very user friendly and I feel like even people new to knitwear would be able to complete this pattern.

Some serger/knit sewing tips of my own:
1) Learn your serger and coverstitch machine inside-out before trying to make a garment.
          I know I am probably not the only one that likes to throw caution to the wind and dive right in. But nothing kills your sewing mojo faster than being in the middle of a project and a thread breaks or tension is off. If you already know how to thread your machine and how to read your stitches for adjusting tension, your project is going to go much more smoothly if you aren't having to stop and read your manual or having to do a mad dash to YouTube.

2) Knits are not like wovens when it comes to laying it to cut out your pattern pieces.
        With most woven fabric, you take the time to evenly match up selvages, etc when folding your fabric and laying out your pattern pieces. I know that there are several professional ways of figuring out/correcting grain. But I try to sew by "feel" as much as possible. When I am laying out my fabric I fold it up as best as I can selvage to selvage and while holding it up in the air, I kind of shake the fabric and move the layers around until there are no twists/wrinkles near the fold. I know my way seems a little willy nilly, but I have done this for all of my knitwear and so far they have all laid straight on body.

3) If you serge all of your knitwear seams, baste stitch curved edges on your regular machine before serging it.
           Once your serger knife gets ahold of your fabric, there is no going back (but don't let that scare you! Just be cautious). Also, if you baste stitch first, you won't have to deal with pins. Pins are also something to be cautious of. You want to make sure you remove them in a timely fashion. Believe me, it is not fun getting a pin jammed underneath your serger knife.

4) Baste stitch side seams
          I'm not going to spend any more time on fitting than I have to. So sometimes I just pick a certain size on a whim if all of my measurements don't match up exactly(after all, it's a knit, it will stretch right? haha). So I will baste up my side seams and try it on first before serging. I've already had a time where this has been helpful. The shirt was almost too small. Because I basted the side seam, I knew not to serge/cut off the full 5/8" seam the pattern was calling for.

5) Don't give up! You will be so glad to add knitwear items to your handmade wardrobe.


1 comment:

  1. I love this dress and the photos of you both are great. Thanks for sharing!