Ah, ponte knit, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
There’s the fact that your edges don’t fray or even curl! And you don’t demand to be pinned before being sewn. Right side or wrong side? Who can tell — and who cares?? Your somewhat sturdy drape lends a lovely shape to garments. And you’ll never shrink or stretch out of shape with washing, hanging, or whatever other torture I want to put you through.
And when you come in this awesome shade of hot pink, how can I resist! You had to become a Sew Over It Heather Dress.
I made the dress during an afternoon of Sewcializing with the Toronto Sewcialists back in the summertime. We get together in the party room in Hillary‘s building every once in a while and sew away happily while chatting up a storm and snacking on such delights as the blueberry basil popsicles Hillary made. (I know, right? How awesome is that?)
I did everything from taping my PDF pattern together to sewing it all up except for the hems during this very enjoyable afternoon. I was glad to have some other sewists around while I was tweaking the fit, as it needed a lot of taking in on those back seams to get rid of most of the fabric pooling at the small of my back. Thanks, Chloe, for your help on this!
Gillian made the trek from Guelph on the Saturday-jammed highway 401 to hang out with us, too. Gillian is every bit as delightful in person as she is on her blog. You may know, if you follow her on Instagram or on her blog, that she recently was rear-ended in traffic and suffered a concussion and whiplash, so she’s been offline for the last few weeks while she recovers. Do send her positive healing vibes! Get better soon, Gillian!
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Some notes on the Heather Dress pattern itself: the sleeves are *very* narrow as drafted. I ended up letting out all the seam allowance on the sleeves to eke out enough room. As for the hem length, my version is much longer than the original pattern; I think I added a good 5 inches or so. I almost always do this with skirts or dresses that are fairly short, so I can choose to shorten it later or stick with the longer length. The curved seams on the front and back are the key detail on this dress. A little different than your usual dress, and they create a good opportunity for colour-blocking as well.
Look, I’m so happy this dress has pockets! Cleverly built in to the curved seams.
Do you do any social sewing? I must admit that I wish sewing was a more portable hobby — the big drag about a sewcial event is packing your car full of equipment…sewing machine, serger, tools, extension cords, pattern pieces, etc. etc. It sometimes feels like packing the car for a week-long holiday. But it’s always worth it for such an enjoyable afternoon. Do tell me about your sewcial events!
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