Netherlands Hup! Pendrell Tank Dress
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Every 4 yrs, the world is united by love of beauty and sport. Not the Olympics - we are talking football's aka soccer's World Cup. I spent the past World Cups wearing licensed jerseys to show my team spirit, but now that I sew ... Why not make garments inspired by those loves?

While Netherlands is not my #1 team, I do love their colours of bright orange and blue. I love them more especially they also happen to be colours on one of my all time favourite fabrics -Habitat Dropcloth by Jay McCarroll. Using that and my trusty Pendrell Blouse pattern as starting points, I decided to make a relaxed pullover tank dress. Something fun and easy for summer wear!

When I lastI made this pattern, I was a sewing novice. The tank top still fits, but a year later, I have increased my fitting knowledge enough to know that:

  1. it's ok to alter patterns. Original collar was too high for my liking so I deepened the front by 1".
  2. i have swayback. Yes Mom, you win. My stubborn refusal to do those posture exercises have come to bite me.
  3. it's ok to pattern hack. Living in a condo means that you can't buy every pattern just because it has minor detail that you need for a project. A quick search on Google brought the following tutorials to walk me through how to size and make a quick drop waisted gathered skirt. I dislike gathering but it does offer a more light hearted approach than pleats!

I managed to complete the bodice last night and will have to finish it for the next Netherlands game.

Update June 14:

  1. Dress is done! The skirt had to be redone as there was massive fraying from the washed linen. Note to self: 1/8" seam allowances on linen is a bad idea. The second skirt is fuller as gather to skirt circumference at waistline seam is 2:1 from previous version of 1.3 : 1. Limitation was due to how far elastic could be stretched. Now it's super twirly!
  2. Bias tape is my best friend. I made my own 1/2" bias tape for finishing armholes, neckline, waistline and hem. The hem edging adds more playfulness to the dress, non?
  3. I learned 2 new gathering techniques! For gathers of less volume, I can use elastic. For large gathers, like turning 100" of linen to fit onto a 42" hipline, counching is fantastic! You just use a zigzag stitch to form a channel for the bakers twine/yarn to flow through and gather! I might change my dislike of gathers after all...
  4. Bodice is finished in French seams and skirt panels in felled seams for reduced bulk as well as fray protection.

Supplies

Recap

  • Pretty insides are important!

    Pretty on the inside!

    3 years ago
  • Version 1 - less volume, longer skirt. More 1920s.

    V1.

    3 years ago
  • Love me some bias tape! Armholes, neckline, waistline and hem!

    I <3 bias tape

    3 years ago

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