Thursday, June 03, 2010

a serge to the finish

i got out my serger for the first time since i moved. i hardly ever use it because i'm scared of screwing up but i'm trying to get over that. it's great for knits, so i went with a dress to ease back into it.
Simplicity 3775
Pattern: Simplicity 3775, i forget the view, but i did the one with ruched midriff, surplice bodice, sleeveless
Size: 6
Fabric: Silk jersey i got in a destash
Started and Finished: over memorial weekend
Simplicity 3775
this is perhaps the most crap sewing job of all time. i definitely need more practice with the serger. it felt like i had to cut out eleventy million pieces and the ruching was super tedious. however, it did go together ridiculously fast, so i can't really complain. i am in love with rolled hems. i want to do a rolled hem on everything now.

i didn't really follow the directions. i vaguely ordered the steps like they do it in Sew U: Home Stretch so i could maximize the serger's potential. i also shortened the skirt by a lot to fit above the knee.
Simplicity 3775
i would make this again, perhaps a fall version in black wool jersey with the crew neckline, long sleeves, and below the knee length. a print version would also be nice and more forgiving of figure flaws.

i really love the silk jersey. it was a bear to cut but quite nice to sew. i handwashed the dress and it air dried completely in only 2 hours. i ended up with 8 yards of it, so i'm sure there will be more grey garments in my future.


  1. Incredible! You're a better woman than I! I've sworn off sewing knits. Such a headache!

  2. This dress looks quite complicated, but it fits you really nicely.

  3. I'm completely terrified of sewing with knits. Your dress looks great, though, and you sewed it up quickly!



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