Monday, 2 September 2013

Green T-shirt dress.

As I mentioned in Fitting the Sleeve, I have been making a green t-shirt dress with the narrower sleeve.
Here it is:

Outside of the new sleeve, I there's nothing new to the drafting of this dress. It's a t-shirt dress - basically a big t-shirt.

The soft drapey fabric was fussy to work with. I absolutely expected it would be, since as soon as I picked it up I could feel it distorting in my hands, almost running like liquid. It was smooshy.

But I'm not going to let it put me off, because it was *my* shade of green, and it was on sale. I've sewn a fair bit of stretch fabric, so I knew what I was getting into.

For the record, I didn't have any real issues with my fabric in the end. I did have to be a bit patient with it, and smooth out the hems. No biggie. I did take it in a bit at the waist  - 2 whole cm at each side, in fact, because it was so much stretchier (50% rather than 25%) than the previous versions. And all that required was to try it on, pin it so it no-longer looked like a nightie, and re-sew the side seams.

What do you think?

Having said all of that, it seemed a good time to write about stretch fabric a bit.

So stay tuned for some posts on working with stretch fabric. And if you've got any suggestions for things I should write about / discuss, please pop a comment at the bottom and I'll see what I can do.


  1. Looking forward to reading your info on stretch fabrics. Knits are in my to-do list for before Christmas and I'm just reading up on techniques.
    I need to start sewing for 'everyday life' which involves tees etc. My RTW are all getting a bit worn and I don't want to buy what I can make.
    Lovely dress, love the colour!

    1. Hi Helen,
      Make sure you save the best of the worn ones and copy them! I've got one of my old RTW t-shirts in pieces at the moment since it was past it's prime so I took it apart. It had a nice sleeve. Now if I can just find some fabric in the right colour...