So I will say from the off this is not my finest work, and that’s in the context of lots of other not very fine work. But you know, I’m beginner enough that the excitement of I MADE A THING! is still enough to make me be proud of it, no matter how rubbish.
I thought I might try to do this as a series of questions the way people used to do a lot.
Pattern: Seamwork Mesa
Fabric: Scuba jersey from Mandors, pretty cheap. 1.5m I think? I really like this, it’s nicely weighty and structured, which is the only way I could wear this pattern, a thinner fabric would reveal my stomach situation too much. However, I wonder if the fabric is partly to blame for the awfulness of the neckline. Which we’ll get to below.
Size: I made the straight size L based on my measurements, though this was clearly a mistake!
Adjustments: Narrowed the neckband slightly in my second attempt
Good bits: The hemming is pretty tidy by my standards. I didn’t use a double needle (confession: because I haven’t got round to working out how to thread it), but the lines are parallel, which for me is some kind of miracle. I also like the little slits at the side of the dress, which you can’t really see in these pictures
Bad bits: That neckline. What you see is my second attempt, the first one was even worse if that is possible. I originally thought that it was just that the neckband was too long, so I unpicked and remeasured and recut. I had intended to shorten it after my first attempt, but I measured and the pattern piece is actually 85% of the neckline on the bodice, so I decided not to. I did narrow it by a cm, which helped very slightly. The neckband still sticks out, but because it’s narrower it’s not quite as bad. The other thing that may have caused all of this is that the fabric is obviously quite heavy and not *that* stretchy (though there’s a tester and it stretches further than it needs to for that). The main issue though isn’t actually with the neckband as such, it’s that the entire top is just too big, the neckline practically goes over my shoulders. I gather an excessively big neckline is a common problem with colette patterns
Worn: twice so far, for the photos then once more. I think I will wear it occasionally because I do really like the fabric, though ideally I’ll work out a way of covering up all the messiness while still showing the dress.
Will you make this again? I’d like to. I have some wool mix jersey that would be great, though m stomach isn’t really in a position to make it in a proper stretchy fabric, so we’ll see. If I do, i will cut a M for the shoulders and an XS for the neckline.