Stay Sail from Seasalt.
It's a simple jersey dress with a slightly nautical vibe that looks very easy to wear. I LOVED it, but it's £55! And they didn't have my size anyway.
As I looked at it and thought about it I realised that it was quite similar to the Fancy Tiger Fen dress, a pattern I already own and have made twice. I asked on their facebook page if anyone had made the Fen in a knit - it's intended for a woven - and while they didn't know of any they give me some very helpful tips.
Saturday saw me hitting the fabric shop for some striped jersey - and I struck very lucky with the sale as it was £3.50 a metre! So yesterday I got to drafting and sewing...
Alterations to the pattern:
- Sized down by one size - you can do that when going from a woven to a knit to take account of the negative ease with a stretchy material
- Changed the pocket hole from curved inset to a slanted one
- Removed the bodice darts - I just cut them up the centre and overlapped the legs to remove them
- Lengthened the skirt by about 3 inches - I felt the previous two were a tiny bit too short and while the jersey is heavier and would probably have pulled down enough I fancied a bit more knee coverage!
After that it was a relatively simple sew. I stabilised the waistband with elastic - there's clear stuff you can use but I find it maddeningly scratchy (SUCH a princess!) so I normally just use normal narrow elastic which is softer. I cut it to the width of the bodice and then sewed it to the skirt top with a stretch stitch. it's done a really nice soft gather that is pretty evenly balanced.
Last of all I used a bit of bought stretch binding for a tiny bit of colour detail and twin stitched the cuffs and hem with a matching red. You can't tell, but I know it's there and that's enough for me!
I think it would even be possible to size down a little more at the waist but that's a tiny detail.
All in all I'm really pleased with it, it's a close enough approximation of the dress I saw, it's SO comfortable, loose enough but not ridiculously baggy, wearable with gym shoes or sandals, cool, simple, pretty.
So, £55 or £9? I know which one I prefer!
I'm going to call it a Fen-Sail!
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