Me-made May: jersey dress & raglan tee

May 9th 2013

When I’m not working or pottering in the garden in the springlike weather (finally!) I’ve been spending every spare minute sew-sew-sewing. I’m fully loving my overlocker again, so both of this week’s makes are in jersey. Funnily enough, both patterns are from Dixie DIY too.

Jersey ballet dress

This is the Dixie ballet dress, made in some charcoal grey jersey from Tissu. I followed the pattern pretty much to the letter, just shortening the sleeves and adding a cuff. The sleeves and armholes came out a little loose: I think because I can’t figure out how to compensate for reduced seam allowance when overlocking around armhole seams. I still love this dress anyway, it’s so comfortable and the kind of thing I’ll wear all the time. (Yes, the cat must appear in all my MMMay photos now.)

Raglan tee

I used the leftover fabric along with some pink-marl jersey from Minerva for this raglan tee, based on the free Dixie Hot Cocoa pattern and very much inspired by Bee’s Madewell tee. Two-tone raglans for the win!

Raglan tee

I just lengthened the body, shortened the sleeves and added my now-traditional UCP (Useless Chest Pocket), which I interfaced before sewing on so it didn’t get all stretched out. The bottom hem is just overlocked, but it looks kind of unfinished so I think I’ll hem it properly. Such a quick, fun sew, I’ll definitely make more.

I really want to make Dixie’s two-piece tunic as well, so I’m on the lookout for some interesting fabric to try it in – I think something vintage would work well.


Comments (5)

  • Michelle

    May 10th 2013 at 1:18 am

    You are so incredibly talented and amazing!

  • Kate

    May 10th 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Whop a load of that talent! The jersey dress is something indeed. Love it!

  • Bex

    May 12th 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Feeling quite inspired by all these me-made May posts! However, I have no sewing experience except for making a hair scrunchie about ten years ago in Brownies. Would you consider doing a sewing for newbies sort of post?!

    1. Katie

      May 12th 2013 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks Bex, I’ll have a think and see if I can say anything useful on the subject :)

  • Hello Bee

    May 12th 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Woah there big brain! Super talented at designing, photography, techy web stuff, gardening AND sewing? Leave some for the rest of us! I’m seriously in awe of the jersey dress- I have that style in navy, black and pink and its basically all I wear in summer rotating colours. I’d love to be able to make them. Also, loving the raglan! Top marks x

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