Project MyWay #8–Tank Dress

I got the idea for this outfit from Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring RTW Runway show, I featured it in Design Inspiration, Spring Wardrobe ’08 Part 3:

When I saw Simplicity 2998 I knew it would be perfect for this design. This was a quick project to put together, about 2 hours total.

I used a synthetic knit from Hancock Fabrics. I’m not a big fan of Hancock’s or JoAnn Fabrics, but occasionally I purchase fabric from them. I’m already regretting not purchasing a 100% cotton knit, this fabric is going to end up pilling. I was attracted to this color, for some reason I think fatigue green is modern looking. I think neutral colors in the summer are more sophisticated than brights.

I always pre-wash knits (somtimes I cheat on other fabrics). I constructed the dress according to the instructions. Even though I have a serger, I didn’t finish the seam allowances, they won’t fray at all. The neck and armhole bands were a little too short and I had to topstich them in place to keep them from rolling out. This fabric was very stretchy, so if I use this pattern again, I’ll cut longer pieces for the neck and armhole bands.

To hem knits, I like to use this method:

1.  Trim hem allowance to 1 1/2″ (the weight of a deeper hem makes knits hang better)

2.  Turn up hem and pin close to the fold

3.  Topstich raw edge of hem in place, from the inside of the garment, using a long (almost a basting) stitch. The fabric naturally stretches as it’s sewn, so if you use a short stitch lenghth, it ends up looking like tiny stitches. Hold the fabric firmly in back and in front of the presser foot to guide it as you sew

4.  Topstitch again, about 1/4″ from first stitching, using the side of the presser foot as a guide

I like to have a few garments like this one, that are comfortable and dressed down,  for running errands or just hanging out around the house. I’ll always be a faded blue jean babe, but I try to wear them only occasionally.

Ta-ta for now!