Monday, 25 February 2013

Jersey Love - Vest to Dress!

Guys I've had a revelation!  I love jersey!  Ever since I got my overlocker I've been happier trying to work with jersey, and stretch fabrics in general and I'm loving the results.

The other week, a new jersey arrived in work and I knew I had to have some.  It's another awesome galaxy print and priced at only £9.99m, inevitably a metre came home with me that day!  If you follow me on instagram, you'll know I made up a dress pretty quickly with it using a super easy technique that I'm going to share with you.

Now this will only work for jerseys, and the stretch has to be on the cross grain to allow the jersey to stretch and shape around you.  Lay your metre (this was a fine length for me and I like to think of myself as being quite tall) on a flat surface on keeping it folded selvedges to selvedges.  Grab a vest top that fits you well and is comfortable on.  Lay this on top of your jersey keeping it inline with the grainline.  Draw around your vest top about a cm away from the actual top (or a little more for a looser fit) to allow for seams, hems etc, extending the side seam lines down to a length where you would like the hem to fall.  It should look something like this:

Cut it out following your lines, sew the 4 construction seams (yes only 4! The sides and shoulders) and hem the neckline, armholes and bottom and voila!  You're done!

I promise you guys that it's the most straight forward, easy to wear dress you'll ever make.  So far I've made 3 and plan on many more to be my summer staple.  It's an easy way to get familiar with working with jersey and appreciating how the stretch works.  The second version I made was by refashioning this dress I already made with my New York print jersey.

I wore this to a night out and have never felt more comfortable.  We just got a load of Kaldor jersey's into the shop so I'm sure browsing them I'll find more prints to make up for the summer.

What are your experiences working with jersey?  Good, bad or much of a muchness?

In other news, some of the ladies who I nominated for the Leibster award have posted their answers and facts, go check them out!

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