Nautical Megan Dress

I made a sleeveless version of the Megan dress from Love at First Stitch by Tilly and the Buttons. The top is made from an organic striped jersey I had in my stash for a long time. The skirt is made from a double knit fabric I bought for this project.

I reduced the neckline and armhole (the upper part, not where the armpit is) by 0,5 cm on my pattern – I wasn’t sure if that was ok because somewhere I had read that if you change a pattern’s neckline too much you also have to alter the bodice. So I’m very pleased that it worked out well.

The back neckline stands a little off where the top of the zip is – maybe I should have lined the zip or topstiched the fabric on the left and right side of it? Actually I don’t dare to try this because I don’t want to ruin the fabric. Anyway, I don’t mind this little imperfection.

Anchor buttons, striped bodice and navy blue skirt make a perfect nautical 60s summer dress and I think the fit is really flattering. I will definitely make more Megan dresses in the near future.

Megandress front  Megan dress side  Megan Dress back 

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Polka Dot Sorbetto Top

So here’s my first blog post! I wanted to start this blog ages ago, but never took the time to do so.

At the moment I sew lots of summer clothes because I moved from northern Germany to Catalonia last year and recently found that my wardrobe is not appropriate for the heat we are facing for about two months now… 😀 So I’ll post more of my summer makes soon!

I made a breezy top from the Sorbetto pattern which you can download for free from Colette Pattern’s website. The top has a straight, 60s inspired cut, a pleat on front and is finished with bias tape. It was the first time I sewed bias tape to a garment and thanks to the easy to understand instructions of the pattern, it worked out quite fast.

Added a bow made from leftover bias tape to the pleat – it’s a little off-centre which I’d like to correct, although my boyfriend reassured me that no one will notice.

The fabric is a beautiful, lightweight Japanese cotton lawn, just perfect for summer tops and blouses. I had not expected it to be so delicate: finishing the seam allowance was annoying as the fabric frays very easily. I finished with zig-zag stitch which didn’t help so next time I work with a similar fabric, I might try to finish the seam allowance with a kind of binding or the like. Do you have any tricks to prevent cotton lawn from fraying? I’m curious to read about!