Although I LOVE LOVE LOVE the retro and vintage dresses, I wanted to sew something I could wear to the office. I found this wrap dress. I chose a spandex fabric and wasn't sure how to work with it since it is stretchy and I have only worked with cottons and satins.
The guy cutting the fabric at the store said to use a zig-zag stitch so
the thread wouldn't break after the seams were done. This was the WORST
ADVICE EVER. All of the seams looked horrible and I ended up ripping
apart all of them and re-sewing them all with a normal stitch.
The dress is ok, but once again, I wish I had sewn it smaller. It is a size too big. At least I didn't have to deal with buttons or zippers and if I didn't have to deal with ripping all the seams out and start them over, it would have been a really quick dress to make.
It looks lovely! I like the print you chose.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I am looking through your blog now - nice!Delete
Looks great. Here is a document on knits. http://sewaholic.net/a-big-list-of-tips-for-sewing-knits/ReplyDelete
Thanks... I'll take a look!Delete
It looks great. Love the print.ReplyDelete
Thanks. I took a look at your projects, too. I hope to sew as well as you someday.Delete
It looks great on you. I just happen to be wearing this very dress and also wish I would have sized it down a bit.I never do a zig zag either...I just straight stitch and slightly pull the fabric in front...just slightly. I too learned it the way you did. I also have a serger and use it when ever possible...love your fabric choice...mine is almost identical color family too but floral and a green added in. :)ReplyDelete
I'd love to see your dress! Thanks for the nice compliments. And yes... zig zag makes the hems look like a mess.Delete
Colours in the fabric really suit you. I am not a fan of zig zag either, and don't often sew with knit type fabrics at all. Good on you for giving it a go...anything without buttons and zippers is a bonus!!! So, what is next in your sewing journey?????ReplyDelete
I love your sewing blog and I am now a follower! The zig-zag made the messiest hems. I am currently taking another craftsy sewing course - the couture dress. I will post the results!Delete
I love the fabric but I have to say I would have given you the same advice as the guy you bought it from. Unless you have a stretch stitch on your machine (and chances are you do, zig zag holds up really well over time.ReplyDelete
I have to admit that I haven't really explored the stitches my machine can do. There probably is something better to use. I didn't like the zig zag because it made such an uneven seam, but I could see the argument for its ability to stretch with the fabric.Delete
Sorry it didn't turn out like you were hoping, but I think it looks lovely on you! I love sewing knits and also would've suggested a zig zag, albeit a very narrow zig zag.ReplyDelete
Beautiful dress! Love the colour combination of the fabric you used. I've sewn mostly knit dresses and usually use one of the built-in stretch stitches depending on the seam. It's helpful to practice on scrap pieces first (it's so tedious picking out stitches!). :) Anyways, you did a great job on this dress!ReplyDelete