A new spring dress (and I’ve already worn it out!)

29 Apr

I made another dress! I got this fabric from Goldhawk Road (like most of my fabrics), for about £5/metre  as a cheap way to practice sewing with knits (I think I needed two metres, but there seems to be about half a metre left over). Thankfully I already had stretch machine needles left over from hemming a knit dress for my mum years ago. I got New Look 6495 for galf price from Hobbycraft :D

I was keen to put this one together as I cut out the fabric ages ago, and since my last dress (New Look 6431) showed some fit issues with a woven, I thought it’d be good to get a knit done so I can have one of each done without adjustments before moving on to FBAs etc. It took me about 8 hours to put this together, after having cut the fabric out ages ago – but I am a slow sewer and also had to unstitch one armhole and half the zip!


It fits a lot better than the woven – but it’s a smaller top (12) in a knit so the better fit makes sense! The skirt was a 16. I’ve always needed my skirts 1-3 sizes larger than my tops, so well-fitting dresses are hard to come by, so I am quite happy with the fit of this one as a starting point.

I wore this out for breakfast/brunch today, and can definitely see myself wearing it out again (but with a cardigan to hide the imperfect back). I do need to improve my finishing:

  1. The neckline and armholes aren’t sitting flat. Maybe the top is still one size too big, and needs a small FBA? The neckline facing worked well on my last dress but that made closing/adding the zip at the back really messy/difficult. So I’m not sure what to do except practice and go slow, but I think trying an FBA on a cheap fabric is worth a shot.
  2. The back pieces (two bodice and skirt) don’t line up, by as much as 2cm. There was about 1cm of shift in the last dress too. I can match up pieces/notches fine but things move around when I put the zip in. That said, the invisible zip itself is fine thanks to this guide from ByHandLondon.
  3. My zips are messy both at the top and bottom – I hand stitched at the bottom as I couldn’t get the sewing machine to do the first inch! The top of my last dress zip was also very messy. Maybe I need practice?

This was an easy make, and I will definitely make it again! Mostly, I am enjoying working out how to make dresses and I’m really looking forward to making them fit. But for now, I have a few other mini projects: an ereader cover, a bag holder, a tote bag, a RTW dress adjustment, and some pot holders. It’s great having my machine back :D


7 Responses to “A new spring dress (and I’ve already worn it out!)”

  1. Trekking Thompson's 20/05/2018 at 00:44 #

    The dress is beautiful! You did a great job. I appreciate you showing the pattern too.

    • Creative Saturdays 27/05/2018 at 21:29 #

      Thank you! I thought it could be helpful for people to see what Simplicity intended :-)

  2. Loganstitches 20/05/2018 at 08:50 #

    Lovely dress. Amazing results for a first knit project. The BHL invisible zip tutorial was my learning guide too. One thing it doesn’t mention because it is done with a woven is that it can help to stabilize the fabric, particularly a knit. Stay tape works well and can be used on hems and seams too. BHL did a waist matching tutorial too. I’m trying that on my next insertion, because my waistbands tend to end up a bit wonky at the zip.

    • Creative Saturdays 27/05/2018 at 21:27 #

      Ooh thank you for the tip about stabilising the zip I’ll have to try that! And thank you for your kind comment :-)

  3. Deb 27/01/2019 at 17:22 #

    Looks great! I’m totally saving that pattern for when I feel confident enough to tackle a dress. I can’t decide if I love B, C, or D the most. I might just have to make them all. :D


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