I’m Holly, a.k.a A Stitches Tales on Instagram, and welcome to my very first Loubodu Fabrics blog post. I'm really excited to share with you the fabrics I’ll be working with as part of the team.
My choice for my first post is the burgundy colourway cotton jersey, from the wide range of plain jerseys in stock. It’s 95% cotton 5% elastane and 150cm wide; a must have staple jersey for your stash and available in a ridiculously wide range of colours! I’ve used the dark red and grey before as well and the quality is fantastic.
For this post I decided to use a new pattern from Sew Over It, the Georgie Dress comes with two different views for different weight jerseys. I made view 2 with the gathered skirt and self-lined wrap bodice for lighter weight fabrics. The beauty of this dress is you get the lovely wrap but without the need for ties, so you simply pull it over your head.
Before cutting into my lovely fabric I did a little bit of research on sizing for this pattern as I fell between two sizes for the bust and followed the other sewists who have made this dress and went with the bigger size. I also did a narrow shoulder as I have found with other Sew Over It patterns that the shoulders are far too wide for me, which can really change the shape and look of a finished garment. To help me I used the tutorial on Helen’s Closet for the Blackwood Cardigan, but it was really easy to follow and apply to other patterns as well.
After making my adjustments this make came together really quickly, cutting out was really simple and there’s no interfacing to worry about so it was straight to the machine. As I planned to wear this dress for Christmas Day, I’m very happy with how fast this was to sew, the only bit you have to pay attention to is the elastic that is used to stabilise the neckband. The seams can also be a little bulky in places as its best to use a regular sewing machine as a few of the seams need basting first and there’s A LOT of gathering!
Over all I’m really happy with this dress, it’s a great fit and super comfy! Loads of room for Christmas dinner and the fabric is lovely and soft. It’s already gotten lots of wear and I definitely see more in my future.
Here's a link for the Shoulder Adjustment I used.
Thanks for reading,