I’m sure this will ring true for some of you……I find jersey fabric a little bit scary to sew with.
There’s the shrinking, and the curling of the edges, and the worry that you’ll stretch it when you sew it and then the whole ballpoint needle and twin needle business….
Well, I’m here to tell you I’m a convert and the more I sew with this stuff the more I love it and can’t believe I missed out on it for so long!
When the pictures of the new Sewaholic Patterns Davie Dress (that’s designed for knitted/jersey fabric) came - though I LOVED it!
It’s such a cute little style - with princess seams, a flared skirt that hangs beautifully and little cap sleeves that are just extensions of the main bodice pieces.
I decided to make mine with the amazingly soft designer printed jersey - Dusk Meadow Floral Print. This fabric is seriously one of the smoothest jerseys I’ve ever felt. It washes really well and I saw minimal pre-make shrinkage in mine – although I’d still 100% recommend pre-washing anyway.
I decided to make version B, which has a shorter length. I made a size 4 and was worried that the hips would be too big, which is usually the case with Sewaholic patterns and me.
Due to the flared style of the skirt I didn’t make any changes at all. The weight of the fabric makes it hang really nice anyway and it seems to give the skirt a bit of extra swish!
When I tired it on to check the fit, dress was hanging a bit low, and you could see my bra showing up under the arm.
I toyed a bit, pulling it in to figure out how to fix it. In the end I lifted the shoulder seams up and re-stitched my seam about an inch away from where the seam should have been. So I ended up taking off 2 inches (1 inch front and back).
It fixed the problem but made the neckline too tight to I then had to cut a slither off of that.
The neckline is supposed to have a binding on it but I decided to just press it over and use a twin needle to stitch it in place.
There is also an option to do two lines of topstitching on either side of all the seams. I wasn’t going to as it seemed like a lot of topstitching, but I felt like my seams weren’t sitting that flat so I did it in the end. I’d recommend doing that; I think it makes a big difference, certainly for this fabric.
The only other thing I’d say to watch out for in the pattern is the length of the shorter versions. It did come up a bit shorter than I expected and I’m not exactly tall. Although I did have to lift the shoulder seams up, so if I hadn’t done that I’d have an extra inch.
I’d recommend double-checking the finished length measurement on the back of the pattern before committing to the shorter version.
I’ve worn this dress a lot of times already. It’s been one of those ones that has just really easily fitted into my day-to-day wardrobe and it’s so comfy to wear.
Have your feelings towards jersey changed recently? Or do you still find it a bit daunting?