The month of May was not only Me-Made-May but it was also Sew Stretchy over at The Monthly Stitch.
The idea of a nice warm knit dress for winter has been brewing away in the back of my mind for a little while - but not anything as simple as finding a pattern and getting to work. No, no, no! This was a long-sleeve t-shirt dress which was a combination of the Mission Maxi by Jamie Christine, a Renfrew for the scoop neck (so I didn't have to calculate the neck band) and contrasting of the Ensis Tee. Now put that on boil and stir occasionally.
I'm feeling okay about the finished result. I've worn it a couple of times and usually with a pair of black stockings, but today it's bare legs for these photos - sorry legs might be a bit bright, they haven't seen the light of day for a couple of months now, it being winter 'n all.
The dress is beautifully warm with the body made from a snuggly soft thin striped merino from The Fabric Store, the top bodice and sleeve from a ponte jersey knit. It's loose fitting and very forgiving, but with a bit of shape so it doesn't hang like a sack.
A couple of things that need addressing before making another ... the sleeves are just too long. I added 1/2" to the Renfrew pattern - well that's what I wrote on my notes, but it looks as if I added 1.5". While the sleeves can double as hand warmers, they are just too long :(
Really, just look at those sleeves! I suppose I could just cut off the cuff and reattach. Hmmmm I just might do that.
I'm not too sure about the shoulder width either. I made another Renfrew, that I haven't blogged yet, and after making that one I decided that the shoulder width of this dress could afford to be wider, so I added 1/4" to the shoulder seam using the cut a spread method, but I think I could have been a little more conservative and just added 1/8".
The underarm side seam could also have some fabric removed, but I'm still trying to work out in my head how I might do that without actually reducing the armseye and making the upper sleeve too tight. I've got this dilemma with pretty much everything with sleeves.
This is a very easy dress to wear and it is great for wearing to work when I've got a day of desk bound things to do (and I feel like eating good warm hearty winter food!)
Not many photos as it started to shower just as I got outside with the camera.
A few more photos on my Flickr -->