Friday, August 20, 2010

BWOF 02/2009-124 : Lady in Red

I'm such a sucker for a red dress...
This is BWOF 02/2009-124 again, this time made from a lipstick red ponte knit from Fabric Mart.  I wear this version all the time, but the wide stripes make it feel a bit casual, so I decided I wanted a dressier one for church and other occasions.  And in case you don't have my due date stenciled somewhere (and why don't you??), I am 21 weeks in these pictures.  More than halfway!!
This time to ramp up the dressy factor, I avoided any topstitching, so the neckline is finished with a self fabric band and the hems are hand blindstitched, which is soooo easy on a double knit.  I think it has a nice va-va-voom factor on it's own, but maybe a skinny black belt with a bow at the empire waist?  What say you?

I was also inspired by Amber's awesome knit dress, and I explored some of the other stretch stitches that my machine offers.  Usually when I sew knits I stick with the straight lightning stitch or the triple stitch, but check this out...
This awesome stitch combines the straight triple stitch, which has a ton of stretch, with a quick overcast every third stitch!  So it seams and finishes the edges in one step, while still retaining elasticity and giving a smooth seam on the outside!  I don't have a serger, so I am loving this!  I can't wait to try it out on some less stable knits and see how it performs.

25 comments:

  1. *wolf whistle* It looks amazing on you! A belt on the empire line would look snazzy too :)

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  2. Its such a lovely dress - it looks great on you!

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  3. Awesome new stitch! I vote yes for belt as well.

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  4. You (and the dress) look terrific.

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  5. That dress is smoking! :) I think it would look great with the black belt and bow.

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  6. I would never of thought of making this in a knit but it looks great . I might have to revisit this pattern again :-)

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  7. Gorgeous! It looks great on you :-)

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  8. Hot! I LOVE this dress in red - you look amazing in it!

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  9. Absolutely beautiful and I love your new stitch!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful and I love your new stitch!

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  11. So clever to make this in a double knit! It looks great on you.

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  12. That looks fantastic on you. This is a great pattern for you. It's great you can change the level of dressy by fabric choice.

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  13. Awesome! And swanky new stitch too, I need to see if my machines can do that, also without serger.

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  14. You look great in that colour! What a fabulous dress - I do like clothes that show off the pregnant form as something to celebrate not something to hide.

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  15. The stitch looks good (a bit of sewing machine envy here), but you and the dress - look amazing! Red is your color, and I can very well imagine a slim black belt/bow (very Sabrina-esque).

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  16. That dress is very chic. You look just gorgeous wearing it.

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  17. Your dress is gorgeous! You look amazing!

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  18. look at you, all hot mom! This is fab (of course), the stitch looks fab (of course) and you look fab (of course).

    Man. Why do I keep talking to you?

    ;-)

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  19. I love the belt idea - beautiful dress! I've just discovered that stitch on my machine - love it!

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  20. Sexy mama! Love that color on you and I'm still loving the shape of the dress on you, too. I think you're going to love that stretch stitch on other jerseys and such, too. It really is such a great stand-in for an overlock machine.

    Btw, I'm popping that baby pattern in the mail today!

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  21. You look fantastic! Mom's like you should be outlawed! Ha! The dress is amazing!

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  22. Ditto, ditto, and ditto! What a great look, flattering dress, and huh? what baby?! ;)

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  23. Love the bump! You look amazing. I am sooo not just saying that. Love that you model for us all the garments that you make. Will be be seeing some baby sewing in the upcoming months? I have two girlfriends due in January and I need some inspiration.

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