A few weeks ago I bought Laura After Midnight’s new pattern the Dimpsy T. I originally intended to make it for TMS Indie Pattern Month but life got in the way.
Today, however, I needed a quick fix. As I’d already traced off for the Dimspy T it was easy to decide what to make!
I had traced it off in a size 14. I’m really in between a 16 and 18 across the bust, but my greaseproof paper would only fit a size 14 on and I’d no sticky tape to hand, so a 14 it was!
As the size was likely to be a bit on the snug size I decided to make it up in a stretch fabric. I had some fabric which hasn’t even made it upstairs to my stash yet. I bought it when I popped into John Lewis in Newcastle on Thursday. (it was only 3 miles away from H’s cricket match – how could I resist!).
Here’s what I brought! Think I must’ve needed cheering up, or maybe brightening up after sewing my plain silk top! The bottom left is a cotton lawn, and the other 3 are all jerseys. If you’ve a John Lewis near you it’s worth a visit – a lot of the fabric is 50% off at the moment.
Back to the Dimpsy! It’s so easy to get side tracked!
The John Kaldor fabric on the bottom right wasn’t sold as a remnant but was only 0.5m. I just about fitted the front and back of the top, though it was a couple of inches short. I decided not to add the collar or facings as this was more of an experiment/muslin. I also cut the back without the opening as I knew it would easily fit over my head in the stretch fabric so wouldn’t be needed.
I made it from start to finish in less than 2 hours, and I didn’t even rush, though I did have a bacon buttie break!
I love how the darts on the front give subtle shaping to the top.
It’s hard to make the darts out due to the bold pattern, but here you can see better from the inside. (excuse loose threads – they are now sewn in!).
If you decide to make it read the instructions carefully as the seam allowances are different when sewing the darts/front part.
For the sleeves I used wondaweb – I did intend to stitch too, but changed my mind as I liked the smooth finish. (hope I’ve not upset the sewing Gods!!). I never know what colour thread to use with this sort of fabric and it often spoils the look of a garment.
For the neckline i used strips of jersey aprox 1.5 cm wide stitched right sides together.
The top wasn’t long enough for a proper turned hem so I had to improvise. I found this pinky/peachy coloured lace in my stash, so just zig-zag stitched it to the bottom.
I used my sewing machine for all the seams. I sewed a row of regular stitches and 2 rows of narrow zig zag (don’t know why, just did!!).
So that’s it! Is it a proper hack? I deviated from the original design a little bit, so I suppose it is. Laura’s planning to post more on her blog soon about Dimpsy Hacks so I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up with.
Just a few more picks before I go!
Hope you all have a lovely weekend! I’m going to a wedding night do tonight so am wearing my Holly Jumpsuit!! Are you going out in any of your handmade garments tonight!?