It’s Alice-May here from @thestitchedit and I’m very excited to be here chatting to you all about my first make as part of the Sewisfaction blogger team using the Fall Sunrise Rib Knit.
If you’ve seen my previous makes, you’ll know I’m a big fan of a fancy OTT dress that (surprise, surprise) I wear twice and then banish to my wardrobe until the next opportunity I have to wear it. If such an occasion ever arises to rewear the dress then you know the drill… I end up making a new one. As a result my wardrobe has ended up not being practical, sustainable or even loved. I knew this had to change this year so I wasn’t pouring hours of effort into clothes I’d wear once and always feel like I had nothing to wear.
When I was first asked to make something for the Sewisfaction blog I knew this would be a great opportunity to make something I’d actually be able to wear in real life, not my fantasy princess life. It took a while to whittle it down as there are lots of beautiful fabrics on the website that fitted the bill but I eventually settled on this gorgeous ‘Fall stripy rib knit’. I chose it partly because I wanted to test out my shiny new overlocker on something jersey, but mainly because this fabric has all my fave colours in it.
The pattern I chose was the Nettie dress from Closet Case patterns. It’s the first Closet Case pattern I’ve made and the instructions were quite basic but there are only five pieces and the construction was very straightforward so that wasn’t a problem.
The Nettie is a bodysuit and a mini dress with three options for the back neckline and two for the front neckline. I went for the high neck at the front and the mid scoop at the back which is the perfect height if you want to wear a bra with it. If you were wanting to make the low back there is also an option for a shelf bra but I didn’t feel this was necessary. My only pattern adjustment was that I extended the skirt to midi length as sitting in an office chair all day doesn’t lend itself well to short hemlines.
I initially cut out a size 10 and graded out to a size 12 at the hips which is the size the measurement chart suggested for me. I was surprised at this as the pattern goes from 0 to 20 and I’d usually be the third or fourth size up. It turns out I was right to be dubious as I ended up having to take an inch in each side, and after taking photos of it I think it does need taking in again. This is probably down to a mixture of things; me measuring myself incorrectly, the pattern having a bit too much ease and the fabric being stretchier than recommended. If you are using this fabric for a pattern which doesn’t require as much stretch I’d recommend sizing down.
This was my first time I had worked with a ribbed fabric and I was a bit nervous to see how it would behave so I was pleasantly surprised at how the dress turned out. The jersey doesn’t fray, even after washing, so I left the cuffs and hem raw instead of risking stretching it out. I was so impressed with the quality of this fabric. It’s super soft against my skin and has great recovery so is perfect for fitted clothes.
Since making the dress I’ve already worn it to brunch, out shopping, to work and will be wearing it out for cocktails this week… and I only finished it at the weekend! I am thrilled that it was such a success and it will definitely be making regular appearances in my day to day wardrobe.