KnipMode 2017/08 - 19 Summerdress (Hack!)
(Pardon the blue shoes I'm wearing. They are not matching very well with the dress, but at this point my head was almost exploding with a headache and the shoes were the last thing on my mind. I don't know why I chose one of the hottest days of summer to take pictures of 4 different outfits.........)
Image from KnipMode August 2017
As you can see in the linedrawing, the original pattern is a jumpsuit. The first time I saw it in KnipMode I was immediately drawn to the designlines. But a jumpsuit is just not for me. However, it was clear to me that I could easily hack this pattern and make a dress of it by turning the pants into a skirt. All I had to do was extend the vertical seamline of the pants at centerfront and centerback to the required skirtlength, keeping the pleats of the pants at the waistline.
I always have a bit of trouble deciding where my waistline should be. The fabric I used is a heavier knit and I knew that the weight of the skirt would pull the waistline down. So I needed to put it higher, but since you can't tell how much it will pull it down, it's hard to estimate hów much higher. If I make this dress again in a similar fabric, I think I will put the waistpline (top of the waistpiece) about 2,5 centimeter higher.
To give the waist some extra support (with all that weight hanging down from it), I used a double layer of fabric. First I sewed the outer waistpiece to the top. Then I sewed both outer and inner waistpiece together at the bottom, sandwiching the skirt in between, which makes for a neat finish. The top of the inner waistpiece was then handsewn onto the seamline of the top and outer waistpiece. This was a good decision, it certainly gives it a bit more structure in the waist. Using this technique involves some wrong side on right side sewing and that always messes with my head. I had to be very careful to sew everything together correctly. There's not much fun in unpicking seams in a knitfabric.
Assembling the rest of the dress was very easy and straightforward. To finish it off I sewed a tiebelt which ideally should be much longer but I didn't have enough fabric left. (I can wear it with a storebought belt as well.) Something to keep in mind if I make this dress again. Which will absolutely happen but not any time soon. (Fall sewing, anyone?) With this dress I'm still contemplating whether or not to shorten the skirt a little. It seems quite long but on the other hand, that was the whole idea to begin with. I will probably leave it this way and maybe adjust the lenght in a next one. All in all, I consider this sewingproject a success.
Now, what project will be next on my sewing table? I wish I knew!! Maybe it's because we are on the brink of fall but are still experiencing summer weather, that it is so hard to decide which path to choose. I guess I'll have some more planning to do.
Keep safe! Talk to you soon.