Monday, September 07, 2009
A-Cowling I Will Go
I made the cowl version of this top, and liked it so much that I decided to lengthen it and make a dress today. For the cowl shirt and this dress, I used the same fabric, which is a bit heavier weight than I used on my twist version of the "Three Graces", and for me, heavier (just a mite, mind you!) is better. Even for the twist top. When I wore the twist top to work, I felt it was just a bit too 'cas' (...that's casual, of course) for the workplace. It had too much of a 'beachy' feel. So the next twist version of this shirt I make will also be in this 'just a bit heavier' type of rayon lycra knit.
Easy peasy, I do say. You can do it, too, if you want. I added fifteen inches to the bottom of the top pattern, as I wanted the finished dress to hit me just at the knee, with belt in place, and I wanted a 1 1/2 inch deep hem. I located the waistline on the pattern, and from there, flared out a few inches, to the hip, then perpendicular to the hem. This gives plenty of ease ( I chose four inches for me) around the hipline. Although this is a knitted fabric, with 100% stretch, you want a nice drape around the hip - not skin tight.
At the hem, on the inside, before turning it up, I fused a 2 inch strip of the high quality knit interfacing from Pam Erny, (love, love these interfacings,by the way), because I wanted a bit of heft and weight at the hem. (This is a relatively lightweight rayon lycra fabric, obtained about a year ago from Metro Textiles).
Fremont helped me quite a bit on this project, so I thought I'd give her credit: