Monday, August 18, 2014

Me-Made-Monday 6: A beach dress and another linky party


I have really managed to sew a knit garment. It was an epic fail, but I managed to wear it once last week. A beach dress based on a Burdastyle pattern something as trivial as a rectangle. Made in viscose jersey (which I bought as a test material for sewing with knits), it looked good when I just put it on... 


- I am glad we made pictures before we went out, so I can prove that the fit was ok. Sorry for the messy background - the garden suffered a little while we were on holiday.


...the back was a bit loose, but bearably loose, just good for a beach dress. And I thought, if it bothers me I could chop off some fabric from one edge...


... I am soo lucky I had this belt on, because the moment I came back home and took it off, the back dropped like a jaw and I was dragging an ever increasing train of viscose jersey behind me. 

A question to you, readers? What did I do wrong??? I have no idea! I finished all the edges with coverlock stitch. Was I supposed to stabilize the top edge? I really didn't expect this to stretch thaaat much!  

And for those more confident sewers, here is the most recent linky party. Post your last week's me-made wear!




17 comments:

  1. When sewing with knits I always stabilize the shoulder seam and waistline seam by adding clear elastic. However it looks like this would not work on your dress because those seams are non-existent. Did you use a four way stretch? I avoid those for dresses with longer or wider skirts to prevent my neckline dropping down to belly button level ;)

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    1. Hope you can save that beautiful print though!

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    2. It is more of a eight way stretch :) Maybe I can stitch that clear elastic into the cover stitch... Hmmm... I think I can save the print once I know what do, oh well - lesson learnt

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  2. I made two of these Burda rectangle beach dresses for my friend. She loves them. I think it is the fabric... you know sometimes the elastic breaks down but I've only seen this when the fabric is old and kind of drops. Hope you can save it because the fabric is great.

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  3. Oh and I didn't finish any of the edges at all just put elastic around the holes I cut.

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    1. Did you cut holes for the arms? I just attached braided bands to the vertical edges. I basically braided strips of the same fabric into braids and they are somewhat elastic but do not stretch out. That's the only thing that worked well :))

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    2. No I did what you did (but didn't think to braid the bands-nice idea). I just happen to have that Burda from the library now and when I check it is supposed to be wider than what I made - it has a seam in the middle and I only made it the width of the fabric which is about 145cm. My friend is taller/larger (in a slim way) - just a bigger person but slim - and it could have been a little wider for her. The elastic I put in the one that is a halter neck. Sorry my comment made it sound like it was in the armholes.

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  4. It could simply be the material - I made a maxi dress out of a thin knit, and it's stretched out and sagged considerably. I always use knit stay tape on necklines and armholes, but sometimes the fabric can't be saved!

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  5. That's strange since rayon/viscose tends to have good recovery and wear really well. I usually stabilize shoulders with clear elastic, too.

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  6. Sometimes it helps to let the dress "rest" a bit on your dressform. Knits like to stretch out, usually toward the floor. :)

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  7. Knits can be hard to pick because you have to worry about weight, stretch and recovery... oh my! It's hard to say anything definitive about a knit without feeling it, but viscose usually stretches out and stays that way (no recovery)... until you wash it - then it goes back to the same size. Something long like this is probably best with no stretch in the vertical direction, unless the knit has A LOT of spandex to keep it from stretching out under it's own weight.

    Hey, at least it's just a big rectangle so you can chop it up and make it into something else... right? Although, if it's the kind of fabric that just grows and grows I don't like wearing anything made out of it. Had that problem with this top: http://denversews.com/2014/02/17/stylearc-billie-top/ I think it was 50/50 rayon/cotton, no spandex. I'm still not quite sure how to call it ahead of time, but I think stretching the fabric to test the recovery helps.

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  8. I agree with jamiedsc, viscose knits tend to be too heavy to carry their own weight. It is a 4 way stretch knit, and without any spandex in it, it will give in to gravity. I would not use this type of fabric for maxi dresses/skirts (too much weight comes with the length), pants (you might end up with sagging bottom or trip due to growing length) or long tight sleeve (the elbows might stretch out of shape and will stay that way until you wash the garment). You would also want to stabilize your seams and neckline with clear elastic.
    To save the dress, I would either stabilize the top edge with a very stable knit, something like swimwear - lots of spandex to help it hold its shape. Or fold the top edge to create casing and insert elastic. Adding elastic to the waist area may also help to keep it in place, it will take care of some of the weight so the top edge won't be stretching as much. It is a beautiful dress, it would be worth saving for me.

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  9. I like the idea of adding elastic. Maybe even use a swimwear spandex to make a casing.

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  10. Kaftan dresses – the loose & almost shape-less robe-like garment – have taken the world by storm!

    http://indianbeautifulart.com/women/clothing/kaftans.html

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