Late last spring I sprang for a few of the fine merino knits on offer by Fabric Mart - two of them in 1 cm stripes. And, of course, they were begging me to to make something on the bias. Ergo, the self-designed dress.
|Bias fold, 155 cm tape and 100 cm stick. Fabric is 150 cm wide.|
|Centre back seam, with armscyes and shoulder seams drawn in.|
You can see my original 18" horizontal "shoulder width" high water mark in the pic above. I used my Jalie 2805 tee for the shape of back neck, shoulders, and armscyes. The little chalked notches on the shoulder seams mark the theoretical maximum width of the neckline that would ensure full undergarment coverage.
|Front, with cowl excess folded out, and armscyes marked.|
|Side view: CF at left, CB at right|
Since neither sleeve was oriented across the preferred stretch direction (should've been with horizontal stripe, selvedge-to-selvedge) I added a subtle design detail: an under-sleeve 1.5" strip of cross-stripe:
....did you buy that? really?! GREAT! to tell the truth, when I sewed the sleeves as drawn, they were too tight; I could put them on, but just barely. I have skinny upper arms but normal elbows and forearms... so I could barely bend my arms. The "subtle design detail" added much-appreciated freedom of movement.
I used the rest of the fabric to make a long and wide bottom ruffle:
If I get tired of the long dress look, I'll remove the ruffle, turn the dress into a tunic, and wear the ruffle as a scarf :)))
So, this is how I wore it today. The heat wave is finally over, and I'm loving the feel of wool on my skin.
Can you tell I'm enjoying each and every nanosecond left in our "true north strong and free" summer?