My sewing machine is still in the shop so I’ve been sewing mostly knits lately. Because, unlike with wovens, I can do most of the sewing on the serger, which lets me avoid cursing a blue streak over the slowness of my (otherwise perfectly fine) backup sewing machine. At the Workroom Social’s Manhattan Popup party & swap meet I scored a few yards of this pink leopard-print knit. Which means Z and E got some new dresses:
And I was finally able to photograph them! Usually they run away and hide under beds, inside closets, under chairs and giggle when show up with my camera but somehow yesterday we managed actual pictures.
(We had a dance theme going, which becomes more pronounced after the fold. There were a lot of ‘freezedance’ moves.)
This was a super simple dress to make. I traced existing clothing that fits the girls, cut out the pieces, and added some gathered skirts, E’s with two tiers. The bodices are lined – i.e. I just cut out 2 of both the front and back pieces, and sewed them all together. I used this technique that you can see on video on the Colette Patterns blog to cleanly finish the armholes. It’s a great technique and will give you a very clean-looking sleeveless bodice, it’s easy once you get the mechanics of it. I didn’t do a collar for the neckline so I just sewed the necklines of the bodice and lining together (with right sides together) before doing the armholes. Easy! (Or as Z would say: ‘easy-peasy lemon-squeezy’ – I’ve no idea where she got that. If any of you know, will you tell me?)
Z is VERY proud of her ballet moves – and I think she’s quite good, if I do say so myself:
Meanwhile, E worked on being a very serious model:
Only to have her sister attempt to thwart her efforts – because there was some goofing off, of course:
(I think that’s an Alvin Ailey move. With E’s trying to be all thoughtful-model.)