Friday, 24 December 2010

Dress or top

This week I was tossing up which version to make up from Kwik Sew 3658. The top or the dress.
Initially I made this up as a dress for Christmas eve dinner. Our weather today is mild but overcast and my planning is to have a couple of knit outfits available.

This dress uses a large knit print Pitt Trading in September at $2/m. The fabric has a dry knit feel to it, so it should wash/wear well. The other aspect of this print was it's on a black background, which I liked. The print colours are bold enough and the only way I could keep the pieces continuous was to have the print aligned rather than match up, if you know what I mean.

This next version was the Christmas day version but for the life of me I couldn't figure out where to measure from to get the hem right. The reason for this is the collar is all part of the bodice and it is self faced. At the hem I've added continuous piece but this hasn't worked out. This version was also earmarked to be without sleeves but there was too much fabric in the front shoulder seam so I've added the short sleeve.

The red/grey fabric is from the winter Knitwit direct collection and I've still got plenty left for different styled knit dress for weekend BBQs. When I wore this version with my bare legs I realised it was a bad look, so I think this will need some work outfit for autumn. I'll have to do a bit more planning with the next version made from this print.

This last top was made (cut and sewn) in an hour on Christmas eve morning before I left for work. What motivated me was that my key task at work was to clean so it was 'down tools, gloves on and cleaning products in hand'.

The fabric is from The Fabric Store $8/m from a sale last year. I've used this fabric for a dress and then realised that it's works best for tops.
Merry Christmas to you all, happy sewing and enjoy the festivities over the holidays.


Sharon said...

Wow, I hope this mornings top was a TNT or you are putting me to shame.

Love the two dresses, they are very different and you can't tell they are from the same pattern.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.

Ruthie said...

Fabulous prints, really like the garments.

Sheila said...

Lovely dresses and top with such pretty prints.

Happy Holidays.

Kim said...

Great dresses and top. I have had this pattern forever and have yet to make it. I really like your versions.

MushyWear said...

Merry Christmas! You sure have a good eye for knits. I love all three prints, especially the first. How nice to have added all of them to your wardrobe!

velosewer said...

Thank you all. Finding great prints is a constant challeng. I hope you all have a lovely break too.

Anonymous said...

just came accross your blog, really like your dresses!


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