15 February 2011

Joanie in Black dress

Finished! Vogue 8413 in black double knit.

This was the first time I've sewn with knitted fabrics and the first time I've sewn with a serger. Nonetheless, the hardest aspect of this project by far was the colour! Sewing black is so frustrating - it's really difficult to see where the stitches are going, so intricate parts like pleats or even just pulling out basting stitches are a nightmare. In fact, I felt like I was in one of my recurring dreams where my eyes go all foggy and I can't see what I'm doing.

But it's done now, and I'm pleased with it. A random stranger came up to me in the V&A today and told me I looked nice, proof that this dress is the business! On a more practical note, it's reeeeally comfortable. The stretchiness meant that I could forego inserting a zipper - it slips on quite easily.

By the way, I checked and found at least two instances of Joan Holloway wearing black:

But enough of that old frump, back to meee...

I've adjusted the exposure setting on this one so you can (hopefully) see the cowl neck.

I'm now contemplating making one of these in every colour!

[Soundtrack: 'I Just Don't Understand' by Ann-Margret]