A successful Frankendress

This dress came after much contemplation about which pattern I could use for a heavily patterned jersey.

I didn’t want a pattern with too many darts or princess seams and I was struggling to find the right pattern in my stash but I also wasn’t sure enough of what I wanted to look for a new one. So I decided to take my old faithful New Look 6483 one hour top pattern,  which I use all the time.  I cut view C,  which has an high neck and sleeves,  which I made slightly longer. I measured an inch below the waist line marked on the patterned and cut along that.

Next I took New Look 6723 which I have made previously here and used the skirt pieces for the bottom half of the dress. With it being a jersey I knew I wasn’t going to insert a zip so I cut both pieces on the fold, being careful to try and keep the pattern vertical throughout.

The Plan

I made the top half up as usual but tried my hand at my first jersey neckline, which I am rather pleased with.

I then used Suzie,  my dressmaker dummy,  to play around with fitting the skirt. The original pattern uses gathers but I thought that would go against the pattern of the fabric, so I pinned some pleats either side of the centre line at the front and the back,  slept on it and then went for it. It was so great to have the dressmaking dummy to do this on.

I think it gives it shape without spoiling the pattern. I tried to keep the line of the ‘Trellis’ going throughout and have managed it quite well I feel. The fabric doesn’t have a great deal of stretch so it was quite easy to work with.

I think this dress really shows how I have improved because the last frankendress I did was pretty unsuccessful and not very well pattern matched at all. I think I’m finally getting a feel for how fabrics should look when sewn. Hooray!

I have had this hung for a few months, waiting for spring and so last weekend I cracked it out for the Sewing for Pleasure show which I won tickets too! I’ve blogged about my haul here if you want to see some lovely fabrics!

I teamed it with tights (it’s not that much like spring yet) my tan waist belt and Brogues and a black cardi. I loved the show and I think it’s the perfect back drop for my dress!

Green and Red Dress… Check!

Can I start by saying I don’t care if you don’t like my horrible pun of a title. Personally I think I am a genius!!

My first blog post documented my struggles with making a bodice from New Look 6020 in this funky check fabric. It was left on a real cliff hanger, which was me returning to my seam ripper to take out the zip, which was too short. Gripping stuff I know…


Anyway, a much longer zip arrived- Yay! So naturally I inserted it in to the length of the dress.


Sadly, it made my checks go so bit wonky at the bottom of the bodice. 😦 Then I completed the hem and my New Look/Prima dress mash-up is complete and perfect for my work style and it really brightens up my work wardrobe. Now that I’ve tried it; I will definitely try different fittings and pattern pieces because it meant I could fit a larger top half  to a small bottom. I just need to learn to do this with more skill!


It fits but it is very SNUG so no pics of me wearing it until a few more weight watchers meetings I reckon! So glad to have this one complete though! My Mum came to stay at weekend and this was hung in the spare room; she spotted it and was impressed with my improving skills so yay! Got to work on some pattern matching though!

My REAL first blog

I didn’t want my very first blog to be a complete disaster, so I pretended that the first thing I made was this neat, though still not perfect, bodice piece.

In reality, I set up my blog in the morning and flounced off to my sewing machine in the afternoon, after receiving a 30 inch zip in the post, ready to follow this shirt dress tutorial by Mark Montano.

It began with this slightly shrunken H&M blouse… I love the detailing but can’t wear it because it is too short.

I had about one and a half metres of nice beige cotton with tiny brown flowers which I thought would be ideal for this.

I followed the video, probably not gathering as much as he does, as my waist is MUCH bigger. I tried it on before inserting the zip and took it in a few inches. Next, in went the zip, breaking no less than three (yes THREE) needles in the process.

I tried it on before hemming etc and HA! This shapeless Franken-dress is the result.

Eurgh! What on earth?

You would be perfectly forgiven for thinking that this is very grandma-esque. I can’t even take any pictures of me wearing it because I quite literally look like a sack of spuds.

And don’t even mention these wonky joins… I’m hanging my head in shame…


This was definitely a complete disaster! I don’t even have any ideas how to salvage this and can’t face unpicking it all just yet so it’ll have to hang there for now. Ah well, you sew and learn! Being someone who tries to stay positive, the zip looks very neat… that’s all I’ve got though!

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