I’ve found that normally I match a dress pattern to the fabric. I feel that fabric has to be collected (yes I have a stash…most of us do, I’m sure). For me, I can’t just decide on a pattern to make THEN go look for the fabric. Unless it’s a pattern with interesting features that require a plain fabric to bring out the effects. If I go look for a fabric specifically for a pattern, guaranteed I won’t be able to find anything I like. Murphy’s Law?
Anyway, I saw this watercolour neoprene knit at Spotlight. I love watercolour prints but mostly abstract pastels and impressionistic florals. This fabric is neither, just stripes of rustic painterly strokes. I decided to get it anyway. Later I sewed Simplicity 1314 and used this fabric.
- Pattern: Simplicity 1314, a Cynthia Rowley design, View D
- Size made: size 6 (H5: sizes 6-14 included)
- Pattern pieces: 9 for View D
- Fabric: Scuba knit (95% polyester, 5% spandex), 147cm width, 2m length, made in China, bought from Spotlight
- New Techniques used: Princess seams; Stay stitching; Invisible zipper, Understitching (fail)
- Modifications: shortened dress hem by 16cm and sleeves by 18cm; Omitted neck facing interface; Took in waist by sewing twice the seam allowance there, tapering to normal seam allowance at hip
Spending an afternoon in nature was really relaxing!