Let me introduce you to Emily, the super sweet girlfriend of my former co-worker Kris. When he asked me to make her a dress as a surprise I was absolutely on board! But, how could I make her a dress in secret with little to no measurements? Well, we got creative.
Kris said to make something that I would wear so picking the pattern was easy. All we had was her bust measurement so I decided a safe option would be to use a pattern for knits and choose the size that corresponded. I have a few patterns for knits but decided to use Moneta because I really thought Emily would like the colar.
Since knits have negative ease, you don’t have to get the fit just right for it to fit just right because in all likelihood, its going to stretch “just right”.
Now the fabric. I left that part up to Kris and his pick was so good! I sent him a list of websites I like to buy fabric from and he ended up getting this great print from Girl Charlee. It was so easy to work with. The stretch wasn’t too stretchy so it didn’t cause any issues (like my Blue Moneta) and the finished dress might be the best thing I’ve ever made. My only issue is that one of my side seams is slightly off but that was because my gathering threads broke and you can hardly tell so I wasn’t going to unpick the entire waist seam. I was much more concerned about all the fawns going the right direction.
I reread my sewing machine manual the morning I started this and was actually able to figure out how to turn my machine into an overlocker, shall we call it a faux-verlocker? I can’t wait to try it out on my next woven project because the finished seams on this baby look dreamy! I also experimented with my double needle for the hem and am really proud of myself for figuring it out without any directions or guidance.
I don’t know if it was the pattern, the fabric, my momentum or the weight that was lifted from not trying the garment on at every stage of sewing, but I am so incredibly proud of the construction of this dress and hope Emily loves to wear it as much as I loved to make it! Now that Kris and Emily have moved to Michigan I don’t think I’ll get to see her wear it IRL but as long as she loves it thats all that matters!