The “Gather & Go” Jersey dress
Fabric: Deep teal poly jersey from chinatown 2.5 metres $18
Pattern: Vogue 8728 (vintage reissue)
Year: c. 1946
Time to complete: 2 and 1/2 hours
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$18
While there are no significant changes in weather here in Singapore (no autumn, no winter ever!), that is absolutely no reason not to indulge in the loveliness and warmth of this season's autumn hues. A look through fashion magazines and the recently opened H&M here, the big colors this season are green and orange. While I have always loved green, orange can be rather hush on my orange/yellow skin tone. My autumn palette wasn't too difficult to come up with as I have been subconsciously buying fabrics in these colors recently. Mustard, deep teal, rust, deep plum and fuschia are on the top of my list! And I do think that many of these colors complement each other pretty well.
Mustard dress, bag and teal/rust shoes from Modcloth
A change of season is a great time to review my wardrobe. I took a quick look at my overflowing closet and identified a need for more knits. Another good reason to use knit was that such projects are often fast to sew. I chose a solid deep teal poly jersey fabric for Vogue 8728, a vintage reprint from 1946. It's a fabulous pattern where the project can be sewn using woven or knit fabrics. My very first vintage knit project!
This pattern is truly gratifying to sew and I managed to complete the project after two and a half hours of intensive sewing. With the neckline bind and gathers being the most 'challenging' part of the project, all I had to do thereafter was to sew up the seams and hem. No zipper was required since I used knit which was seriously the best part. No shoulder pads were necessary as well though instructions and patterns were included. It's truly a gather and go dress. Fast, easy and a great piece for traveling since it's fuss and crinkle free at all times.
I paired the dress with a mustard belt I made earlier this year and loved how it sets off the color.
Prior to starting on this project, I checked out the reviews and noted that a few talented seamstresses had issues with too much gathers on the front yoke and skirt. After reading that and their recommendations, what I did was to cut the front yoke two sizes smaller and the skirt a size smaller thereby reducing the amount of gathers significantly.
I am happy with how the dress turned out and thrilled to have another knit dress in my wardrobe full of wovens. Do you have the tendency to sew with woven fabrics most of the time like me or do you sew more with knit fabrics? I would love to be able to alternate the two eventually but at the moment, more knits please!