I finished something!!!! And my camera came back to life!!! HUZZAHHHHHHHHH
Also, I’ve finally converted to the pro-interfacing camp, courtesy of this make. Yes, this is a knit dress — and yes, knits look better interfaced. Also, yes: I did go through almost a dozen pairs of shoes to shoot this dress. I want to show how versatile it is! Grey can be boring, or it can be a great staple. (Or it can be a boring, great staple …. :p)
This is yet another version of Butterick B6041, which is easily my favorite pattern — perhaps even more favorite than McCall’s M6078, which is saying a lot. More tweaks are in order: the sleeves should either be gathered more, or less. My upper chest is not bountiful, so I need to take a dart above the bust, through the armhole. I suppose if I take that dart, the sleeve as-is will automatically become more gathered, as compared to the armhole…two birds one stone.
Interfacing: here’s the first exhibit in the case for using it. See all the wrinkles emanating from the side lower side seam? It’s due to the amount of flare needed to accommodate ye olde hips. This knit, like many knits, has unpredictable stretch on the bias. If I’d interfaced the stitching line before sewing, I’m certain the flare area would have sewn together smoothly.
Here’s another curved seam, the center back. You can see the same ripples: caused by the same issue, resolvable by the same method. You can also see the back of my wedge sneakers: they’re much trendier than my normal footwear, and I like how they give the dress an urban toughness.
Observe here the lettuce-like hem, blowing in the breeze. Yuck! Interfacing before hemming would have yielded a smooth, straight, figure flattering hem. This raggedy hem looks as though it got stretched out squeezing over my hips — which is not the case at all. Observe also the fabulous (I hope) boots — I finally decided to get a pair of attractive, feminine boots for winter. My first ever such pair! I love how the height only exposes my knees, allowing me to get crazy with fun tights without being overwhelming.
Other than needing interfacing, this version of B6041 is special because I mashed it up with McCall’s M6964, the t-shirt pattern. The disappointing t-shirt pattern. I hope it’s due to my lack of using interfacing, but the crewneck neckline on this top is actually an awkward cross between a boat neck and a scoop neck. I also applied sleeve length/width C to this version of B6041. It’s too long by at least an inch. It feels awkward, and the width is too wide. *whine*
Here’s a good shot of the awful neckband: I take full responsibility for this trainwreck. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong, but I consistently have issues with neckbands on knit tops. The only success I ever have is by cutting a binding/band longer than the length I need, and gently stretching it to gather the neckline as I sew it up. But pre-cut neckbands? No way, Jose. Suck city.
Another change/addition I’d like to make on future versions is patch pockets. I think this dress would look great with fairly large patch pockets on the front. I’ve heard that patch pockets add visual width in an unflattering way, but on an already wide person it actually helps break up the space and give a smaller impression overall. And, pockets are practical. (And clearly, I never threw these boots away.)
But you know what? Sloppy sewing is still sewing, and a less-than-perfect make is still wearable. #sewingwin!