Butterick 5040, Majick dress
After taking a million pictures of your most recent FO, how do you choose which ones make the cut?
You've got the artsy, odd angle shot.
You've got the detail shots.
And you've got the shots look the same, but are oh so different.
So in the end, how do you decide which one best represents your finished product and how overjoyed you are without showing all of them? Your guess is as good as mine. Without further ado, I present to you my second dress.*
The "half superhero" pose
This was my second time working with a knit (I'm overdue on posting about my first foray into knits, but that will come soon). Much like the first, it wasn't bad AT ALL. The sewing process is pretty much the same as sewing with wovens except that you have to adjust the type of stitch you use (just as Blossom told me, stretch stitch all the way). I also discovered that polyester matte jersey won't take a crease (for the experienced sewers out there, is this true for all jerseys?). This made ironing hems and such difficult, but I was able to work around that by sewing a "crease/fold line" where the crease/fold is to be made and pressed. Then I folded and pinned along the fold line, stitched down the work, then ripped out the fold line. A walking foot was also very handy in making sure that the top and bottom fabrics were advanced along at the same rate as well. (Oh, and the front "wave" from the yoke lining up with the "wave" on the body, TOTAL coincidence. I didn't plan for that at all.)
I would have sewed a size M but I didn't want all that ease (and minimize the likelihood of anyone thinking I was pregnant) so I sewed a size S. I made no modifications at all and I think it fits perfectly. The pattern is labeled very easy and in my opinion (considering this is the second time I've worked with knits), it is. It's well written and I had no points of confusion. However, this dress took me longer than I thought because of all the gathering.
I LOVE the dress and I LOVE the fabric! It's too bad that the style of the dress and the fabric is so distinctive that I can't wear this more often. The fabric is so soft and comfortable, not to mention wrinkle resistant, that I want to make everything in it!
Is this dress work appropriate (I work at a non-profit where the dress code is business casual)? Do you have any ideas on what other shoes I can wear with this dress? I think the black pumps are okay, but I definitely think there's something that goes even better. I feel that the black stands out a bit too much but it works for the time being. I have some strappy camel shoes, but I think those may be too summery since we're moving into fall.
*I've blogged my FO's out of order, but will blog about my first dress soon. I was just able to get pictures of this dress first since an opportunity represented itself (my best friend's bridal shower).