Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Draped Pocket Dress

I made this dress earlier in the summer after becoming consumed with figuring out how to copy a draped pocket dress that I had seen. I didn't wear it until yesterday and I'm not sure why because it is insanely comfortable and pretty damn cute too!

Oh look, this dress has pockets.
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The pockets are lined with the same hand dyed yellow knit that I used for the binding. detail

I drafted this dress myself. It is very simple, but took some figuring to get the pockets how I wanted them. The top/tank part is based on the Built By Wendy Sew U Home Stretch tank pattern that I have made before and have altered to fit myself well. The waistband is lined and I used knit interfacing to stabilize it, but it isn't as stretchy as I had hoped. The skirt is gathered, as is the tank.  The pockets were created by extending the front rectangle up at angles on each side, folding under at the corners and then gathering in the middle.  Does that make sense?  I had to play around with it a lot to get it just how I wanted.  I added the tie belt as an after thought because I wanted to be able to cinch in the waist more, and I'm glad I did.  It is a woven fabric and was re-purposed after I had removed it from a thrifted top.

The knit fabric is from Joann and was on clearance.  I had just enough to make this.  It is a bit summery but I can wear it with a cardigan into Fall.  The fabric is very stretchy and stretched out a bit at the armholes.  It doesn't show much when wearing but I know it's there.  I really want a serger as I LOVE sewing with knits.  I just wish there was a local fabric store that had a good selection of knit fabrics.  I already have another knit cardigan that I want to copy. 


penelope said...

You are SO CLEVER!

Connie Akers said...

You should be proud. It's very cute. Did you get the presserfoot issue straight? Love you.