Decided to be my own guinea pig; who better to practice on? I had 2 yards of a wine-colored polyester pique knit material I had purchased on sale from fabric.com. Not exactly a remnant, but I did use a remnant from the fabric stash for the embellishment. The pattern was Butterick Fast & Easy B4597. Good going! The pattern normally retails for $15.95 but of course I got it on sale at JoAnn’s for $1.99. The pattern called for 2.5 yards, but as I only had 2 yards, I needed to make the dress I wanted with shorter sleeves instead of long.
The polyester knit was WEIRD to work with. It had almost an oily feel to the fabric, and it snagged very easily. Plus, I found it very difficult to match up the seams; by the time I sewed to the end of a seam, one fabric piece was longer than the other. I tried to remedy this by using a roller presser foot on my machine, but I still ended up with some uneven seams. Fixed that; cut them off. I did use my new favorite stitch for knit material, the Double Overlock stitch.
The pattern has a scoop neck, 3/4 length sleeves, and a hemmed slit in the front. For the neckline embellishment, I made some frayed rosettes, loosely using a FREE pattern by Jennifer Paganelli and Carla Hegeman Crim, that I downloaded from youcanmakethis.com last July. I say loosely, because I sewed my rosettes onto the bodice, rather than mounting them on felt like the pattern specifies. The pattern is very specific and easy to follow! The fabric for the rosettes is a 100% polyester double georgette in burgundy. It’s the sort of material that would make a good fake-silk scarf. Not exactly a perfect match in color, but I’m ok with it.
Hope everyone is having a happy holiday-preparation time while I’m playing [Who ya gonna call?] Fabric-stash Buster!