Pattern: Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline
Fabric: Candy Plaid from Girl Charlee (link is a similar print on same fabric)
I made a sleeveless version of this dress back in May and it is my most-worn handmade FO, so I knew that I needed to make a version with sleeves for colder weather. I started with bracelet length sleeves but found that it made it look a little too prairie dress, so I chopped them to 3/4 length.
The big sewing milestone for me is that this dress is the first garment I made on my serger. Overall, I found it was really straightforward! I was warned to go even extra slow on curves, which was good advice.
I did run into a few problems. I could not make the transition from my pocket back to my dress without making a huge mess. I think I need to experiment with retracting my knife on that transition. I ended up going back over that section with my sewing machine, which you can see below. The picture above shows the struggles I was having with my double needle on my skirt hem – the thread kept breaking and I can now see that I have a bit of fabric that didn’t make it under. I’ll have to go back and fix that.
I also had a really hard time getting my neckband in smoothly. I had to make a new one 2″ longer than what’s in the pattern to get it reasonable at all. Are there techniques I don’t know about or will this get better with practice?
Overall, I’m really pleased with this dress! I’m looking forward to wearing it a lot!