I’ve been working on a 50s inspired pleated dress for the last couple of days now, found this amazing striped blue and cream cotton at a carboot like a pro!
Yeah we all know how much of a ball ache any type of patterned fabric can be to work with when making..well..anything.I should of taken some photos but alas I forgot, but, the key I’ve found to dressmaking with patterns, always cut on a single layer of fabric, match your pieces and remember your seam allowances. Once you get into the hang of this you’ll be superrrrrrr!
I’ve been working with a Cynthis Rowley pattern I bought a little while back, number 1873. For my first full pattern it was a bit difficult, I’ll do another blog post on how the pattern turns out when I completed a dress with sleeves.
Back to my point, the dresses were too short! You know when you do something and continually just cant figure out whats wrong with what you’re making. It was the length, and i realised a bit too late with the stripey number.
However my mum came to the rescue, as per, I decided to add a 4 inch strip across the bottom I took some pictures to show you the process
This is the general look of the dress I changed the front middle pleat the other way round as with the stripes it wouldn’t hang correctly
I turned up the bottom of the dress by 1cm and cut a piece of fabric the same length as the bottom and the width I was looking for plus
extra for my hem. I then stitched both of these pieces together making small “pleats” with the fabric at seams to help with the curve of the dress. I pressed and after this photo was taken I zig zagged my stitch to overlock it.
This is the join, remember if you’re working with stripes too keep stitching along the line to keep it even
And this is the final product!
I’m super happy with the result, and the weight of the bottom gives such structure to the dress!
Finished my first attempt at sleeves finally will do another post on that this week…eventually.. oh life!