Jersey swirls

I went a bit mad on the New Look half price pattern sale: I bought a cape (to follow), some other bits, and this mock-wrap jersey frock – 6301.

Spinning in the autumn leaves.
Spinning in the autumn leaves.

As if by design, the cosmos then sent to me 3 metres of this Liberty viscose jersey, courtesy of the Ray-Stitch sale. It was £24, a steal imo. This is a really nice, lightweight jersey with plenty of drape and swirl and as far as I can tell, is not transparent although I would not choose to wear black pants underneath.

Wrap dresses are a minefield for the petite, as the best tied knots have a tendency to work their way loose, and without plenty of frontage, you end up revealing more than you might wish. And not in a cute way either. A glimpse of bra, fine, but simply showing all your bra is more weird than sexy unless you’re Rhianna or someone. But I liked that I could control the wrap over the bodice here, and then fix it.

Can you see my bra? Excellent. Though it is a nice bra.
Can you see my bra? Excellent. Though it is a nice bra.

It took a couple of goes to ensure that I wouldn’t be constantly re-adjusting myself, but other than that, this was a very quick make. The waist is reinforced with elastic in a little channel, which was the only really tricky bit. I don’t have an overlocker, so it was all done on machine, finished with a twin needle.

I’ve tried making a Colette Moneta, but found it to be a bit boring. I think I need some more interest on the bodice when using jersey – again, I find that a Colette pattern is brilliant on curvy, stacked women, but a damp dishrag on me. So I was pleased finally to have the “secret pyjamas” that I’ve been craving (though I’m not above wearing pyjamas in public..).

Remind me not to wear black shoes like this again. Instant stumpy legs!
Remind me not to wear black shoes like this again. Instant stumpy legs!

I like the swirly skirt very much, but I might shorten it a bit more, maybe. I also note that if one were nursing, which I most emphatically am not, this dress would be really great – you might need to make a couple of minor adjustments to stop it stretching out over a day at the very most.

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