Fabric Godmother recently sent me a surprise gift of this peacock optical dot fabric. It has a super gorgeous velvet touch on the right side, but a slippery wrong side, which means it doesn’t stick to tights. Perfection! But what to make?
I laundered the fabric and left it hanging on a radiator for a couple of weeks. Every time I walked past it, I’d think, What shall you become? Then I remembered a couple of dresses I’d seen recently that reminded me of the Drapey Knit Dress from Fashion With Fabric. They were made from a much lighter jersey than the ponte featured in The Thrifty Stitcher‘s book. I was tempted to have a go – so I did!
Here’s my biggest top tip for working with jersey. Leave the sleeve hems longer than you think you’ll need. On three separate makes I’ve shortened jersey sleeves and regretted it. Jersey clings and incrementally rides up your arms. Even a centimetre too short and your ickle wrists start whinging. But, Karen, the draft from the window is so cold and now we are all shivery and statement jewellery doesn’t help. Listen to my wrists. Heed their words. Leave your sleeves long.
My other jersey tips? I always, always use Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 to hem jersey and always test my hemming before setting to on the final make. I loosen the tension on both needle and bobbin. I usually forget to use a jersey needle. (That’s not a tip.)
But out of all the above, I’d underline my recommendation to invest in some Lite Steam-A-Seam 2. Hemming is the last stage in a make; you don’t want it to go wrong. For less than £5, you could save your sewing from disaster – and, believe me, a stretched out or puckered hem can spell disaster, with several hours’ sewing wasted. No one wants that.
The Drapey Knit Dress is a great dress, if you choose fabric carefully and if you’re happy with the deconstructed look. I’d suggest ignoring the pocket insertion. It’s unnecessary complication of this dress’s fabric origami, in my humble opinion, and I don’t see how pockets would ever lie flush to your body.
Thank you, Fabric Godmother. I have a very cosy autumnal dress and you’ve enabled me to deliver a stern lecture about jersey hems!
What do you think to this dress? My guess it’s on the Marmite side of sewing – you either love it or hate it.