I would wear it at least once a week if I didn't own so many other dresses. I've even bought quite a few yards of fabric in 2 yard lengths to make more of this type of dress. So a couple of weekends ago when I had minimal desire to sew, I thought of the dress, made from my TNT dress pattern, and this piece of fabric...
...to make another.
Pretreating the Fabric ~
I posted this fabric shortly after it was purchased either here or on Instagram and a very kind soul told me that they had bought it also AND that when they prewashed it, the colors ran...so I washed and dried it with a color catcher. Thankfully the colors didn't run but the color catcher was definitely discolored...
Also, the fabric had a slick hand prior to pretreatment. Afterwards the fabric was a little fuzzier, much fuzzier when pulled out of the dryer than after it was pressed. It's also a little heavier/thicker ~ like the fibers had felted or fluffed up a little. Nothing that would dissuade me from using it but definitely noticeable different from its original form.
A ponte knit from Fabric Mart purchased earlier this year
TNT Dress Pattern
22" invisible zipper
This is not couture sewing. There are no awesome sewing techniques in this dress but there were no awesome sewing techniques in the original dress either.
Just some good basic sewing...
- The center back seams were interfaced with a lightweight knit interfacing to stabilize the fabric prior to inserting the invisible zipper.
- There is stitch witchery in the hemline prior to using a twin needle to machine stitch it flat.
- The neckline and armholes are pressed flat and topstitched using a twin needle.
- Like the original, this dress is unlined too and will be worn with a slip.
- Lastly the back pieces have been replaced with the four pattern piece back that I've used in my last couple of dresses because it solves all of my fitting issues in the back. It also gives my dresses a closer fit.
- BTW, do you know my dress front pattern piece is larger than my back pattern pieces. My measurements side to side are larger in the front than the back so that is compensated for with the difference in front and back pieces.
Here are more pics of the dress...
From the side back
From the back
How I will wear it with a black cardigan
Finally, I know my last couple of posts have been really serious but I've been playing this Taylor Swift song non-stop all weekend. Now I'm not a huge Taylor Swift fan but the beat is so good and the video is very funny so it's been on repeat while I sewed. Please realize that this video doesn't reflect on the seriousness of the previous posts...just my love of a good song and an even better video.
...as always more later!