I have done another test this past week from American indiedesigner, Kennis Wong from Itch to Stitch. She has designed this lovely knit dress, Oceanside Dress in a sizerange from 00-20. (On sale, too, right now)
She describes it like this;
The dress is for an beginner+ to intermediate sewer. Mainly because of the inset in the front and the way the sleeve is constructed. I really like the sleeves and the way they are made; they are set in, and the edge of the sleeve is finished before you set them in. This means that you dont see the seam allowance from the sleeve peeping out. Very nice feature.
The way this dress is designed you can easily combine sizes if you are different sizes at the body and waist. You simply cut the size you need for each bodypart and combine them at the waist. Very simple.
From the measurement table I was supposed to be a size 8 at the body and a size 12 at the skirt. I made my muslin in a size 10 at the top and a size 12 at the bottom. I did however find it to be too big for me. I will wear it though, because I love the fabric and the colors. The dark is a dusty dark denim blue and the contrastcolor is a nice bright peach/orange.
The final dress I made in a very nice grey cottonknit with some lycra in it. As an accent color I choose a striped cotton knit. I really wanted the stripes to be vertical instead of horisontal, so I flipped the patternpiece to fit the stripes. Someting I would normally never do, but in this case I knew it would work, since the fabric has stretch in both directions.
Since there is no elastic in the waistband the instruction suggests to sew in som clear elastic in the seams in the waistband. I did that, and it works really well. The waistband stays in the waist.
This is a great dress for summer and it will definitely get lot of wear. I think I will have to make one in a light rayon, too.
Kennis instructions are precise and clear and the illustrations a big help. If you go to Kennis´blog, you can see how the dress fits different bodytypes.
She also has a Facebook page where you can show of your Itch to Stitch projects and get help if you need it. For the first 24 of the release, you can get a coupon code when you join the facebook group.
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