Now there’s a treat for you guys, an actual post containing completed projects! Well, one completed project. Praise the holiday time when I actually have time to be outside in the daylight and take pictures. Plus we found a really great new park to mix up the back grounds a bit.
AND… I get a chance to share with you one of my favourite makes of the year, which sadly didn’t make the Top 5 because I hadn’t photographed it yet.
This is another variation of my V9186 summer dress that lovely Lucy from Sew Essential sent to me. It’s a rather unique pattern, so I’m really glad I could make another version of it. I wanted a winter option and when I got this ribbed fabric the whole thing just came together. And it’s perfect! So comfy, snugly, warm and yet not a sweatshirt (not that there is anything wrong with sweatshirts in regular guises).
So here are the details.
Pattern: V9186 size S with modifications
Fabric: Ribbed acrylic fabric from Abakhan
- removed collar and collar stand and added 2.5 cm (1”) to the neckline (blended towards the edges)
- added funnel neck
- shortened by 10 cm in front and 5 cm in the back
- inserted 2 pockets (pattern only asks for one, weirdly)
- removed the elastic gathering on the front
- added long sleeves to the armhole opening
The entire project was constructed on my overlocker. I reinforced the shoulder seams with clear elastic, as the fabric is quite heavy. The cowl neck was made by cutting a piece with the circumference of the neck opening, then folding it in two and attaching it to the neckline. I did the same for the sleeves, by measuring the armhole circumference of the armhole opening then tapering towards the wrist, so that the sleeve are nice and tight. All hems were all overlocked, turned over and chainstitched.
This is passed with the authority of numerous wears since I finished it at the beginning of October. And it’s a flying thumbs up from the wearer trial! The only minor glitch is that it was meant to be a dress, but I got a bit trigger happy with the scissors and ended up showing a bit more leg than I meant to. So I was hoping to wear it on its own, but I have to wear it over trousers instead. Oh, well, next time!