The “Oh So Jackie O” Dress Ensemble
Fabric: Heavy Linen, Interfacing – Light for the Dress, Heavy used for the Belt
Pattern: Sew & Sew B5547
Notions: Zipper, Buttons, Buckle and Thread
Time to Complete: Jacket 4 hours, Dress 6 hours. Note: Edges were serged in construction and the zipper was hand picked. I read about this technique on “Sewaholic”, here is the link http://sewaholic.net/a-hand-picked-zipper-progress-on-the-picnic-dress
First worn: Tuesday for Work
Wear again? Yes
Total Price: Fabric was gifted from my friend Sandi who was moving. Zipper, Buttons & Buckle $5, Thread I had in my collection. In all $5.
When I received a free bag of fabrics I immediately cut out 3 projects and their they sat for months. I choose the See & Sew because I wanted to add to my wardrobe for work. My first belt. This project would turn into my “Wiggle Dress” as Gertie from “Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing” would say. I added two medium size buttons instead of one to the jacket. The darts create the shape, great for us curvy girls. I used the thread tacking method my grandmother taught me to get a precise alignment. Here are two pictures to demo the steps below.
1. Thread tack, knot the wrong sides of the fabric, seperate the pieces and snip the thread on the right side of the fabric. Very helpful when the wrong side of the fabric is not that different in color or texture from the right side of fabric.
2. Line up your markings, stream press the darts and then pull out the threads slightly, sew dart from the widest part to point and leave ample thread to tie off at the point.
3. Tie threads at the point. It eliminates puckers and gives a crisp point to the dart.