I have a sudden urge to hoist a nautical flag!
This is my third make for the #ginghamalong. (My first here and my second here.) With this make, I decided to test Tilly’s assertion that the Bettine dress is perfect for adapting to jersey. Guess what? She’s right!
My gingham jersey comes from Girl Charlee UK and it is fabulous. Sturdy yet soft, vibrant, fun, takes to pressing, behaves almost like a woven. If you are sewing with jersey for the first time, you need this in your life. I didn’t have to adapt the Bettine sizing at all and didn’t bother with a jersey needle in my sewing machine. I just got on with the sewing.
The only major adjustment is the neckline, but there’s a great tutorial here. In terms of band length, I’d suggest a little experimentation is in order and definitely some basting. Every jersey has a different stretch, after all. I basted my neck band in place and could see it was too loose, so unpicked, reduced the length – et, voila! A perfectly fitting neckband, with no gaping.
Once you start playing with bias bands of gingham, the sweetness factor ranks up to Factor Infinity.
I chose to add a bias cut skirt hem band, which really finishes this dress off. Hem bands make for neat finishing and the bias element break up swathes of solid gingham check – a definite danger point with simple silhouettes in gingham.
This fabric arrived at my house two days ago, and now I have a dress. Which means you definitely still have time to enter the #ginghamalong. Our deadline is 13 September, and I’ll share details of the prize draw next week. Exciting!
I’ve already seen some amazing gingham sewing projects on Instagram. So there’s only one question left. Are you Ginghaming?