2 in 2 days – Vogue 8181

This was really quick to put together. View A is an empire line V-neck knit dress that is very adaptable. I made 2 of these dresses in 2 days.

The first one is a tame version with trim on the sleeve hems and around the neckline. This is a leftover piece from SIL’s dress. The laces are leftovers too.

The second has trim on the sleeve hems, neckline and waist. Both of these fabrics are well established stash pieces.

If you haven’t sewn a gusset before, Vogue walks you through the process and since this is a knit, you can achieve a great finish in no time at all.

Gussets are a handy feature because while this is a knit fabric, you still need to be able to raise your arms naturally without stretching the fabric out of shape.

Both versions work well with my work jackets so these dresses have been worn to work and for dinners. Thank you TJ for gifting this pattern to me and this is a lovely pattern to use.

Well matured fabric/pattern

Double knits are great to use when you’re building up a new wardrobe, or are refreshing an established one. This is a Lincraft pattern from way back, possibly 15 years.

The story behind this trim is this – I bought some cushion covers for the dining table and the cushions were held together with this ribbon. The idea isn’t anything new but I thought that I should challenge my skills a bit.

I’ve kept the details close to my face, so the style is kept simple and clean. The jacket is interfaced with texture weft, to give the jacket more durability.
I wore it last night and it’s comfortable and a nice layer to wear in the cold. I did notice the the back needs more shaping so I’ll work on that in the coming weeks. For now, this is a nice addition to my winter wardrobe.

Butterick 5328 complete

Here’s what I discovered when I made the gathers on the bust, as suggested by the pattern. When I tried it on, I felt stupid to have such a lot of gathers on my bust. Then I decided to use a trim to deflect the gathers at the bust.
After sleeping on the idea over the weekend, I extended the bust gathers and voila, it felt more comfortable and it overcame the neckline gaps that appear, when you least expect it.

After adjusting the hem, prior to cutting out the fabric, there was no additional hemming required. This is also one of those patterns that allows you to keep creating, without stopping ie for zippers, buttons etc.
I have a couple of quilting fabrics that I’m thinking of using for the next version of this shirt/top.