A Wintry Knit Bloom
On the day after Christmas, in the land of Ruggy’s birth, it snowed. And snowed, and snowed. So naturally I jumped into my second version of By Hand London’s Elisalex Dress and ran outside to play.
It seemed the perfect backdrop for Betsey Johnson’s technicolor print. As usual I was in the jersey aisle at Mood, and I fell in love and snagged a yard of this beauty. The weight is perfection, the colors are edible. My intention was to make more leggings. However, when I pulled out my ginghers, the bright happy flowers screamed OONA! Are you really going to use us for ANOTHER pair of leggings? COME ON WOMAN! CAN YOU MAKE NOTHING ELSE?!
They are, as you can see, flowers of an outspoken variety.
My last network make came out okay (despite my best efforts to shoot myself in the foot) so I decided to give BHL’s pattern another go, this time giving this beautifully drafted pattern the respect it so rightfully deserves. I sewed up the princess seamed bodice exactly as intended, and it’s a perfect fit. HEY LOOKIT THAT OONA. SOMEONE KNOWS MORE THAN YOU DO.
This version got the half circle skirt treatment and short sleeves, I think it really makes it a different dress altogether. And holy haberdashery, this sews up so quickly I want to make seventeen of them, so it’s nice to know it’s so easy to throw new curves into it.
The only adjustment I needed was what I like to call the Dancer’s Posture, because I am a pretty, pretty ballerina. Oh yes. I assure Ruggy of this fact constantly. Just an inch or so out of the upper center back and I was twirling around the room.
The neck edges are serged, turned under, and topstitched. No rippling, no unsightly cling on le derriere, I love this fabric!! And now that I think about it, I suppose I could’ve cut the back bodice out on the fold since there’s no need for a zipper…
Alrighty! No chance to test that thought out, as I’m saying goodbye to the Jersey aisle! I have several New Year’s resolutions, and one of them is to use a different and delectable Mood fabric for each MSN make. I mean, there are corners of the floors I haven’t even stepped foot in yet. In 2013, Mood shall be like a garden of fabrics full of every flower imaginable…
I’ve got my shears ready.
Editor’s note: Not only do we have a fantastic selection of jersey prints in our stores, we have a pretty darn good selection online as well!