|Me, loving zig zags|
I made two dresses quite a while ago, both in different colourways of Riley Blake's medium chevron knit. I considered one dress much more successful than the other, but I wear them both, so that must count for something.
I sewed up Kitschy Coo's Lady Skater dress first, in red on white and then Colette's Moneta in red tone on tone. My pre-sewing thought was that neither of these would end up wearable outside the house, or at least beyond a cover up at swimming (my minis still need a parent in the water with them). I was pleasantly surprised with both, but let me go back to why I sewed them both.
|So I only have front-on pictures standing at odd angles. No, I can't remember why.|
So, why knit dresses? They are super-fast to put together (stitching and finishing all in one, thank you Veronica - that's my overlocker) and they require fairly minimal fitting (gee that looks loose, another pass with the overlocker - woot). Plus they are comfortable and don't need to be ironed. So. Much. Winning. Also I make a lot of them for my daughter and it is my not-so-secret dream to dress like the Von Trapps.
|Bravely wearing Moneta sans belt|
So I decided that in order to live what I espouse I needed to sew up these dresses and enjoy whatever features they had without overthinking how my body looked.
So, the sewing.
|It appears I can stand up straight, but only if I'm doing something supremely awkward with my feet.|
I was worried about where the waistline of both these dresses would hit me (not worried enough to sew a muslin, just quietly concerned), I was pleased with how the lady skater worked out, but the Moneta I find is a bit high. I have a short waist (and no hips), so tend to prefer a lower waistline to help create an illusion of more normative curves. It really depends on what makes you comfortable. Both these dresses made me realise that when it comes to clothes, it's best not to look down, look in the mirror, but looking down everything you worry about is amplified and generally no one else is looking at that. Particularly when they are distracted by zig zag awesomeness.
|The back of the dress. Because sewing blogging.|
The only change I made was to stabilise the pocket openings with fusible tape. Tell a lie, I also took about six centimetres off the hem. If I were to make this dress again, I would maybe lengthen the bodice, stabilise the shoulders, reassess the hem length and look at other finishing options for the neckline - it has stretched out over time.
I chose to do a zig zag for the hem on both dresses, because I find twin needling so slow (and painful). Also zigzag dresses need zigzag stitching. I now own a coverstitch and would probably use that, or alternatively just a long top stitch on a future dress, because there isn't really any great pressure on the hem of these patterns.
Interestingly although I prefer the shape of the lady skater, I think Moneta may be more flattering. I think part of that may be due to my aversion to gathers. In the end though, how it looks is and should be secondary to how it feels and I like how I feel when I wear both of these (although I wish I hasn't been so cavalier shortening my Moneta).
|Moneta out and about|
If I had written this post when I first sewed up these dresses I would have called Moneta a failure, but truly I wear it a lot, so by that metric it is far from a failure (and believe me, they definitely exist). I prefer my lady skater, because I like the lower waistline and smoothly tapered skirt, over a gathered one, but it turns out they are a couple of very handy additions to my wardrobe. And even though you can't tell by looking, they also represent my support for everyone everywhere to wear and sew what makes them happy.