I’m having a bit of down time in school at the moment, which is lovely. We’re doing lots of activities that don’t produce marking, which means I have evenings to do what I want with.
I have got a few bridesmaid dresses that I’m working on, but the other night, I just fancied some ‘all about me’ time.
So I printed the plantain pattern from Deer and Doe. 2 hours later, I was COMPLETELY done. And it looks good, if I do say so myself! What amazing satisfaction.
This whole top was pretty much a way to test this fabric that I bought last year from a recycling scheme shop. They have loads of seconds fabric and this one in particular had a large ladder running through it. However, the fabric was in a loop, so I just cut along the ladder and treated it as a piece of flat fabric from there.
I want to make a wide stripe summer dress from this, but I’ve never worked with fabric like this before. Hence the plantain tester.
It’s like old school rugby tops – sturdy cotton jersey without much stretch.
And to illustrate the point, here are my rugby poses…
Ahem… so I think I’ll be able to treat the fabric like jersey when I make the dress, but I might add a side zip if I want the bodice to be really fitted without stretching it out. Has anyone else ever worked with fabric like this? I’m not sure whether I could put stay tape around the waist so it doesn’t stretch out at all, or elastic, just so it doesn’t sag?
I did put stay tape across the shoulders and used a twin needle on all of the hems, plus overlocking the insides. The only problem with this fabric is that it’s a bit fluffy when cut.
I enjoyed the ease of matching these big stripes.
But, hands down, my proudest part is the neck band. I’ve never done one of these before, and I think the fabric was fairly easy to work with, but I’m still very pleased with how flat it lies!