This red cotton eyelet fabric stuck in my mind and I decided that I wanted a simple sheath dress with short sleeves from the fabric. Nothing exciting...just a good work dress. So that's what I made.
2 yards of red cotton eyelet from Fabric Mart via the collection
2 yards of tan bemberg rayon lining
22" red zipper
red rayon seam binding
red corded piping purchased from Daytona Trimmings
This pattern has been made over and over again because it is my standard go-to dress pattern. However, choosing the cotton eyelet did present some challenges. The first being whether to underline or line the dress. For this dress I really wanted to line it. I wanted the two pieces (fashion fabric and lining) to be connected at the neckline and armholes only.
The dress has a v-neckline to make it a little different from all of the sheath dresses in my closet. I added piping to the neckline to finish it off nicely. Since I was adding piping I decided to add it to the sleeve too. However, I didn't just want to add it to the hemline...here is what I did...
Sleeve serge finished
The sleeve band is the length of sleeve hem by 4"
Sleeve with piping pinned on
Close up of piping pinned to the sleeve hem
Close up of the piping basted to the sleeve hem
Sleeve in original state & then pressed and folded in half
Close up of piping inserted between the sleeve and the band
Sleeve with piping and band
Pic of sleeve on my arm
The only other thing I want to address is the seams.
- Sewing this together I used a size 80 universal needle with a 2.6 stitch length. I wanted to make sure that the stitches were short enough to hold the seams together despite the eyelet holes.
- I did serge finish the dress pieces prior to stitching them together.
- And except for the center back seam the seams were pressed flat and open.
- However, on the lining all of the seams were pressed to the side so that they wouldn't show through the eyelets.
Some more photos...
This is a simple dress made with an eyelet fabric. It's more utilitarian than flashy...more need than want...just a pretty red dress for work.
...as always more later!