I’m slightly freaking myself out! Double trouble, and no mistake. But if you want an excuse to buy four metres of fabric instead of two, keep reading…
I’ve made two more Molly dresses from My Capsule Wardrobe: City Break, using two lengths of Andover jersey in magenta and navy that I bought from The Village Haberdashery back in January. I’m enjoying the challenge of clearing out my stash. Two fabrics of equal weight and quality – why not mix things up?
I tried not to go mad, though. Less is often more in these cases. I cut each a contrasting neckband and used contrasting stitching at the neckline, hem and wrists.
If you use a contrast colour neckband, you’ll want to be sure that your row of stitching is at a consistent depth from the edge of the neckband.
I chalked a line in from the folded edge (not the raw edge) of the neckband to be sure of consistency.
Then I topstitched down in a colour that matches the contrast neckband.
Here’s what I do if I have a seam intersection that I want to meet accurately:
1. Pin the two seams carefully in place so that they meet.
2. Baste over the seam line and the pins.
3. Remove the pins and sew the entire seam. The line of basting ensures that the two seam lines don’t shift out of position as you sew.
Any other tips?
When starting a row of sewing around an area that will be on view (ie a neckline) I always try to start the row of stitching on the back neckline so that where the beginning and end of the row of stitching meets shan’t be on show too much.
That’s about it. This fabric behaves impeccably. I’ve worn the blue version all week and it’s gone through the washing machine. It doesn’t bag out.
One reader asked for side and rear views of this dress. Here you go!
Which version do you prefer? Are you tempted to buy double the fabric for twice the fun?