Hi there, guys! I hope you’re staying warm this winter and sewing yourself up some goodies! I’ve been working on a couple of slow, long-term projects that have left me feeling a bit antsy and itching to make something instant gratification that I could enjoy and wear now.
I don’t know about you, but when I think ‘fast’ and (nearly) ‘instant gratification’ in regards to sewing, I always think of jersey. Luckily I had some beautiful jersey from Mood Fabrics just waiting for such a project.
I bought a bunch of yards of this Dark Olive Modal Jersey awhile back with the intention of making something drapey and swathing. I’ve been really drawn to earth tones lately and this dark olive green is such a subtle, gorgeous color. Modal jersey is so incredibly soft, and since this fabric is completely opaque it’s great for wearing directly next to the skin.
Since this was an instant gratification sew it was equally important that the pattern be not too complicated either. For this I reached for the Closet Case Patterns Ebony t-shirt dress. With its loose, swingy shape, and dipped back hem, it adds just a touch of drama while still being a really quick pattern to make. I ended up lengthening the body so the hem of both the front and back pieces used the full width of my jersey, which added about 8 1/2 inches in length. I love a midi length dress and I think it makes this pattern just a touch more dramatic. Because you can never have too much drama, even with a quick sew!
The construction of this dress was exactly what I wanted – quick and easy! The neckline is finished with a folded strip of self fabric. The seams are all constructed with the serger. I reinforced the shoulder seams with a bit of 1/4 inch clear elastic. The sleeve cuffs and dress hem were both serged, then folded back 1/2 inch and stitched in place using my sewing machine’s 3-step stretch stitch.
From start to finish this took me just an hour or two. This would be a great pattern to cut a few of in coordinating colors and sew up in batches, because you’ll definitely want more than one! This dress is so comfortable! Since making it I’ve barely taken it off! It’s definitely a “secret pajamas” kind of dress – as comfortable as the coziest pjs, but much more put together. It’s also been a great layering piece, which is wonderful, because I don’t know about where you are, but this winter has been much colder than we Texans are used to!
All in all I’m really happy I took a few hours to make this dress! It was exactly what I needed to keep me from feeling burnt out on my other sewing projects, and also give me that wardrobe jolt of something new and fun to wear immediately.
What are your favorite ‘instant gratification’ makes?