Skip to main content

BWOF 05-2008-121 finished

Tonight I managed to finish my dress. After completion of the neckline portion yesterday evening, it took me only two hours to finish it. The hem must be done, but I like to leave it for a night, so that it can set.

If you want to see larger pictures, click on them.

The sleeveband I also constructed a bit different then the BWOF instructions tell you, mainly because I wanted to use my serger and sew the sideseam and band in one pass.

What I did is:

IMG_2816 Sewed the sleeveband till the marking with a small zigzag stitch.
IMG_2818 Pinned sideseam and sleeveband, turning the seam allowance of the sleeveband outwards as much as possible.
IMG_2819 Serged the seam. The I made a small clip halfway the sleeveband part of the seam, so that one part of the seam allowance could be turned away from the other part. Then I folded the sleeveband.
IMG_2820 Topstitched on the edge of the sleeveband, and this way it was attached too.

The result: a great summer dress, that in the end was not so difficult to make.


  1. Oh, this turned out beautiful!

  2. How STUNNING! You just made me want to put this on my list!!!

  3. Very nice dress, thanks for all the tips.

  4. Terrificly flattering dress Sigrid. thanks for the great tips on construction.

  5. Your dress is lovely! And it goes so well with your shoes too :))

    And it is nice to see you taking photos of what you are wearing. It reminds us of what you have made again. Those white pants are great (a couple of posts back).

  6. Great job! You look put together and summery. Thank you for showing how you did the sleeve. I think I would have done the same thing you did - in fact I do this with all sleeve insertions for knits.

  7. I love the fabric! Another cute version of this dress.

  8. Beautiful dress! I love the fabric!

  9. Fantastic job! I like the way you constructed the sleeves and your fabric looks great on this dress! This is one of my favorite dresses and I am seriously considering maling it again on a solid teal green color, this time with the crossed over skirt! Unless I find another pattern that I like for more than 3m of teal green jersey, of course!

  10. I love this style dress! I wish I were taller to wear this dress. It is truly flattering on you. Love the sublte colors of the fabric and the contrast pieces.

  11. Sigrid .- made you a dress very nice for the summer. I love the print and this model is very pleasant to take. I want to take the skipper body to unite a skirt with ruffles and gathers, I think it would be good too. best wishes. Paco

  12. Beautiful dress - I love the colors. It is very flattering.

  13. This dress is gorgeous. i love the print and the contrast bands.

  14. This is a beautiful dress, I love how it looks on you. Great idea with the contrasting bands.

  15. Great dress, and the shoes are perfect with it!


Post a Comment

Comments are very much appreciated! I read all of them, try to answer the questions but don't always have time to react to comments.

Popular posts from this blog

How to sew a sleeveless top with facings

Edit to make this post only about the technique, not my ramblings on other subjects.
This is about making a sleeveless cowl neck top with a facing for both the front and the back. In this way no special finishing of the arm holes is needed. This method is based on Carolyn’s way of making a top with all seams enclosed.

Let me show you how to do this. It’s a good reminder for myself too, I forget when I haven’t done it in a while.
First you need a pattern that has a facing for the back that extends below the armhole. Also the front facing has to extend below the armhole. Easy enough to adapt a pattern, just trace a line about 5 cm (2 inches) below the armhole. The photo below shows you the facing of the back

Step 1: stabilize the back neckline of the back pattern piece

Step 2: with right sides together, sew the neckline of the back and the back facing, press but do not topstitch

Step 3: With right sides together, sew the armhole of the front to the armhole of the front facing.

Step 4:…

Pants fitting, part 1

First, I'd like to thank all who commented on the fitting issues for my pants. I did look at Debbie's site and somehow thought it would not be the "one" answer to my problem, as I've become convinced that there is no one-step solution for me. But I think I have found part of the solution there. Tonight I spent adapting my pattern and making a muslin.

My starting point, after reading all the information was the Threads issue of January 2006, an article by Joyce Murphy Adjusting pants from waist to seat. In this article she describes "body space" as an important point in fitting pants. And it does make sense to me, as women have very different shapes. One needs more space in the front, and others (like me) more in the back.
The picture above shows the body space in my pattern, which is 15 cm. I tried to measure my own bodyspace by taking two rulers, and it is 19 cm, which means that 2 cm more is needed (half of the extra width in the pattern). The article d…

A new to me pattern company

If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time you know I’m not too much into Indie designers. After the initial hype a few names/brands have survived that offer more than just a simple pencil skirt at a ridiculous price. I still haven’t tried many but this time I was intrigued enough to buy the Wenona shirt pattern from Named Clothing.I saw a review on this shirt that made me look further. Must have lived under the proverbial rock because I’ve never seen or noticed it before and it has some nice details and there are some nice variations to be found (here and here for example). Though I’m certainly not the first one to try this pattern, I’ll post my experiences with it in this and upcoming posts. The pattern is a pdf pattern. I’m not fond of them, but have grown accustomed to the idea that it’s the way it is now. Sometimes it is instant gratification if you want the pattern fast or don’t want to pay high shipping costs.Notes on the pdf fileAvailable in English and FinnishLots of inst…