This year, my American Sewing Guild (ASG) neighborhood group challenge is to sew a garment from one of the Simplicity ASG special collection patterns. It has to be completed for the November meeting. And ASG was having their annual Anyone Can Win contest, which also requires sewing a garment from one of the Simplicity ASG patterns. The contest deadline was July 1st. One sewing project to meet two goals. Wonderful. Full steam ahead.
I decided to sew the dress and jacket from Simplicity 1376. This pattern includes a cropped jacket, ankle length hi-lo dress, knee length dress, scarf and knit leggings with elastic waistband.
For the dress, I selected a cotton/rayon print jersey knit from my stash. It was purchased 16 years ago and nicely aged. It had very little stretch. I cut out the main dress pieces first, and left the bands for the neck and armhole trim until last, to be cut out of the remaining remnants of fabric. The grain line arrows on the bands indicated they should be cut out on the bias. I thought “Why would Simplicity recommend that for a knit? For a knit, the greatest stretch is usually in the width of the fabric.” At that point I decided to read the fabric recommendations on the pattern envelope. For the dress and jacket, B & E, the recommendations were for woven fabrics.
|Simplicity 1376 Dress and Jacket|
So my contest entry was a raglan sleeve T shirt from Simplicity pattern 1073 out of a textured knit purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.
And now I have three garments for Show N Tell at the November ASG meeting.