Gertie's Starlet Suit course, because every girl need a cute blazer and skirt combo (even though I haven't even started on the Bombshell Dress class, which I got last year), and who knows how much longer it will be available for half-price? So I went and bought the class, and do you know, in the confirmation email they offered me any additional class that I bought this week for $25! Any one I chose! So, um, I might also have bought Susan Khalje's Couture Dress course (which includes a Vogue dress pattern, shipped to you with no charge). And Kenneth King's Jean-ious, which helps you reverse-engeneer your favorite pair of jeans.
I haven't spent anything on fabric yet, this month, though, since I wasn't feeling well on the day of the Holland Fabric market, so that's alright. And I'm pretty sure it will be a great opportunity to learn loads of stuff!
I'm also happy to say that there has actually been some sewing going on! (Although to be honest, all of that happened last week...) I still have a pile of winter sewing to finish, two skirt refashions, a reddish wool Meringue, a sweater-to-cardi refashion... but with the weather already getting spring-like, I'm not all that excited about those. So I decided to make a quick spring dress to maybe get in the mood to finish these things, even though I probably won't wear them a lot before next fall.
|Doesn't it look all high-school-ish? It's actually the interns' locker room at my internship placement.|
This is the navy&cream polka-dot jersey that I bought a little while ago. I used my TNT self-drafted jersey top pattern for the bodice, the same that I used for my ruffle top and striped longsleeve and t-shirt, and a couple of other tops (and which is actually just the tracing of one of my RTW jersey tops). It works really well with strechy, drapey knits like this rayon jersey. Then I added the midriff band and half-circle skirt from my self-drafted raglan-sleeve jersey dress.
I finished the neckline and sleeves with a folded band, similar to the instructions for the Renfrew top. I love this finish, it looks so neat. :) I also attached the sleeves before sewing up the side seams this time around, and I think I'll do that whenever possible from now on.
|yay for spring weather! now if it could actually be sunny on weekends instead of when I have to work...|
Fabric: roughly 2m of navy&cream polka-dot rayon jersey
Pattern: bodice from self-drafted jersey top pattern, added straight midriff band and half-circle skirt
Time to Complete: about 4h, with little breaks in between
First Worn: Sunday choir practice
Thoughts: I love sewing with jersey, as there is so little fitting involved, and I've made the top pattern a few times already. Construction was pretty straightforward, even without instructions. I'm still looking for a good way to stitch seams like the ones attaching the midriff band without a serger, as the narrow zigzag sometimes isn't stretchy enough, but with the wider zigzag, the stitches are visible because of the vertical pull. For now I'm using a narrow zigzag that's reinforced with a wider one, and it works if I'm careful when pulling the dress on and off.
The dress is endlessly comfy, and I think I wore it three days out of four in the last two weeks. I may have to make another 3/4 sleeved jersey dress or two in the near future, so this one doesn't wear out in one season. ;)
I also managed to finish (or at least start on) another item on my sewing agenda: knickers! I copied the pattern from one of my favorite pair of lacy jersey hipsters, using pins according to Ali's instructions. The original pair actually doesn't have any side seams, but since I was working with small-ish t-shirts, I pieced them without any ill effects. They are very comfy as well, and I may have to round up the rest of my jersey scraps to make them all into underwear!
What's on your sewing table right now? Have you already started your spring sewing, or do you still have some winter garments to finish?
Have a lovely Sunday!