Saturday, December 29, 2012

As blue as; Cassie's Christmas dress

Last up: Cassie! and I made a dress for Cassie for Christmas this year; this is the loose drape tank-top from drape drape by Hisako Sato.  I used a thin cotton jersey, printed in an interesting fractured pixels design of ocean blue upon powder blue.  I bought the fabric from the Fabric Store in Melbourne during our trip there in September.
I think the tank-top is designed to just be a summer cover-up, the only explanation for its skimpiness and bra-revealing nature; so I also made a matching little tank top; that is, the regular kind of tank top! to go under it, just in case Cassie decided she wanted to wear it anywhere other than the beach.  I based the shape of the tank top on a well-fitting Tshirt that she owns already.
For the drape drape tank-top; I edged the neckline and both of those big big armholes with a cross-cut strip of the jersey, attached right-side to wrong side on the inside, and then flipped out to the right side of the dress and stitched down on the outside; so the raw edge rolls up on itself and over the stitching.  I can go into more details of this finish with a pictorial tute, if anyone is interested... ?  Looks quite nice and kinda cute, and is appropriate for a casual little summery thing, I think.
The regular tank-top neckline and armhole edges are just finished by turning under a narrow hem twice and top-stitching on the inside face.
The lower edge of both pieces are finished with a hem, turned under twice and top-stitched.

34 comments:

  1. Very hip and very clever to make the tank as I think she will probably wear this lots. Great fabric!

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  2. Both pieces are really fun and look gorgeous with her red hair.

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  3. Last but not least! I agree with Amanda, the blue is a gorgeous foil for her red hair.

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  4. Love that fabric and the hem treatment! What a great Christmas present!

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  5. This look great! And the matching tank top is perfect. I have just finished Top 1 from this book and it is similarly revealing!

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    1. Thank you Jen C! Yes, I've traced that one out too, but have adjusted the back to be more substantial and provide bra-strap coverage!

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  6. So so cute! And I love that interesting fabric.

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  7. By the way, I have used that neckline treatment - it's one of my favorite neckline techniques for a jersey knit. I made a tut a long time ago, but you may use a different technique, so please share!

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  8. So pretty! That is the dress and the daughter!

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  9. I've always liked this dress in drape drape, but what a great idea to make another tank to fit underneath. It looks great on and what a super idea with the collar. Might use this idea myself on a unfinished top sitting in the pile.

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  10. Lovely dress and top! It's so hard to find knit fabrics with a nice print, this one is wonderful. I'm working on top 4 from this book, and love the drape construction. Did you use a regular straight stitch for the hem, or stretch?

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    1. Thank you Stephanie! The hem picture is from the "dress" for which I used a regular straight stitch since it wasn't likely to come under any strain. Ordinarily I would say straight stitches on a knit spell snapped stitches, but it is a VERY wide hemline so I knew it would be OK. For the other "regular" tank top; I used a very shallow zig-zag stitch and slightly "pulled" the seams as I stitched; so that they had some stretch built in. :)

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  11. That is lovely - I think that the fitted tank underneath really makes the outfit look classy rather than trashy! Great job!

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  12. Looks great on her and please share a tutorial on the neckline, I haven't seen it done before and really like the look of it!

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  13. Lovely! Perfect fabric for this style. Love the finish detail on the neckline!
    So sorry - I really did not mean to offend with my choice of words. I do realize that you put great effort and thought into fabric choice and all the little details on each and every shirt (as well as every other item that you sew), and all that attention to detail certainly shows in every gorgeous piece that you produce.

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  14. What a great dress - perfect for a young spirit. Great colours that really looks like Aussie Summer.

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  15. Yes please Carolyn - would like that tut!

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  16. This seems a perfect match of fabric and pattern, v. lighthearted but still quite interesting. I could easily imagine this being Cassie's first choice for casual clothing for a long time. You did a great job on your Christmas gifts! I will be posting about my tote bags eventually... Happy New Year!

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  17. WOW! Love love love this tank-top!!!
    The neckline detail is very well done and the fabric looks super comfy.
    Here, we have a low temperature and I have to wear lot of clothes...like an onion! So when I´m looking your pics, I feel envy!!!!

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  18. Thank you for sharing your family's gifts with us - all truly stunning! I would love to see a tutorial on the neck binding - I do a little dance costume sewing and always have trouble finishing the neck, arm holes etc.

    Enjoy your new year's eve!

    Deb

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    1. Thank you Deb for those kind words! and to everyone who showed an interest in the neck binding...
      I will put together a little tute over the next few days :)

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    2. Thank you! I'm looking forward to it.

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  19. What a great combination of fabric and pattern... it looks gorgeous on her!

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  20. Beautiful! And I have the same fabric but from the Sydney Fabric Store - purchased because my daughter and I fell in love with it. I love how you have used it here -I fear my creation will not be so stellar!

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  21. Gorgeous dress - great fabric choice and Cassie looks very cool in that colour. What a fantastic idea to make a tank top in the same fabric - I love it!!!! Your pictures are very tempting - feel like jumping right into that water.

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  22. I really like that neckline finish; I have a RTW maxi dress that uses that technique on the neckline and hems, and it looks great. If you ever get the time to do a step-by-step tutorial, I would appreciate it!

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  23. I just love this young style. My daughter would love it!

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  24. This dress is great! Your reviews of Drape Drape and Shape Shape inspired me to buy copies of my own and I hope that I can squeeze something as good looking as this out of them.

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  25. Great fabric choice for Cassie's dress. I can see why this is the perfect dress for 40+ days and preferrably on the beach.

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  26. What a wonderful warm weather beachy dress and tank. I love the fabric and the print! Cassie looks fantastic in it.

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  27. What a great idea to make a matching tank top. Love this look!

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  28. Hi Carolyn

    I'm just wondering if you could give me some advise. I'm currently working on a dress in a very light jersey. I've used paper while sewing so it doesn't get sucked into the machine and to stop the top layer of fabric "creeping" along. Tis seemed to work well, although I didn't use paper when top stitching as it sewed along nicely - only for me to discover that the edge "ruffled" up somewhat, which I didn't notice until after I'd top stitched (darn). Any tips on how to prevent that from happening (I hope I've been clear enough in my description). I'm wondering if I should have used some sort of stabilizer between the two layers of fabric? Any advise you have would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards, Deb

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