The green library dress I made for E last wear has been worn and loved so much. It was made by modifying the Oliver+S library dress for knit fabrics, following this tutorial from Melissa at Meow Made. She’s been after me to make another library dress for months and I finally got it made.
Her previous dress (using size 3 pattern as a base) is snug so I used the size 4 pieces this time. I also added some length. The main fabric is City Weekend, Liesl Gibson’s fabric released in 2010. I found some stashed away in a fabric shop a couple years ago and have been saving it for something special ever since. The gray contrast is Kaufman laguna jersey. My pattern pieces didn’t quite line up in the front so I gathered the skirt piece a bit. If I make another one I might run the band piece around the entire dress and maybe make the entire skirt a bit gathered, front and back.
I sewed each seam with my machine first and finished the edges with a serger. I’m still working on my hemming skills, however. Right now I’m using the double needle (with polyester thread) and wooly nylon in the bobbin. I think the tension is still a bit off, pulling the stitches a bit more than necessary. I’ve also been hand-winding the wooly nylon thread onto the bobbin after reading that tip somewhere, but I’m not sure if that’s making things better or worse. I haven’t investigated using my walking foot or stretch thread yet, so those are other options to consider. I was so close to buying a cover stitch machine but just couldn’t decide which one to get and whether it would be worth storing and bringing out another machine to the kitchen table when I sewed.
Anyway, even with less than perfect hems this is such a wearable dress and I love the colors. If I had more time I’d be tempted to make her an entire wardrobe of these. E would probably approve. She grabbed this dress out of the clean clothes pile and insisted on wearing it today. We got a few pictures before heading off to school.
Of course, O wanted in on the fun. These two crack me up every day.