Hey guys! I hope you had a great weekend! My Sunday has been extremely lazy after a big day skiing yesterday.. the perfect excuse to stay inside, watch netflix and write blog posts.. :) Today I am sharing the easiest ever pattern hack for the Mesa Dress by Seamwork.
The fabric I used for this dress is wool, and from The Fabric Store in one of their 30% off sales. My friend actually bought it first, and I decided later I had to go back and get some for myself.. ! Its a beautiful thick cozy wool, with some stretch (but not a lot).
It has this great two tone colour to it, which I wanted to take advantage of.. so I decided to create a rolled up sleeve, and a peter pan collar with the 'wrong' side out. As you can see, I have tended to wear this with leggings or jeans (as the first version) as it is a little on the short side on me! I have also been pairing it with a merino top underneath to keep it extra cozy (its not perfect since you can see the neckline of the top underneath.. but it doesn't bother me!).
See the finished product below: (tutorial at the bottom).
So the things you need to create this look:
- Butter paper or cooking paper
- Measuring tape or ruler
- and perhaps some tape.
The first thing I did was to tape each pattern piece to the table so they wouldn't move while i was trying to trace over them.
Then I traced the neckline of each pattern piece onto the butter paper and drew on where I wanted the collar to sit. I then added a seam allowance to the bottom of each collar outline.
There is no need to do this for the top and shoulder since the seam allowance is already included in the pattern piece we have traced from (but do keep in mind that the size of the collar will be smaller all the way around once you have sewn it). Make sure the front and back pieces are the same width at the shoulders.
For the back piece I wanted to make sure it was the same width all the way around, so I measured it as I was drawing to make sure.
All cut out the pieces look like this:
Then all you have to do is cut out two lots of each piece from your fabric, ensuring to cut each on the fold. Sew the shoulder seams up first and then sew along the base of the collar, right sides together, and snip the curves as marked below. Turn it inside out, press well. You could top stitch this if you like, but I decided not to.
Then simply attach the collar by placing the collar inside of the dress (right side of dress out, and right side of collar against the wrong side of dress inside..). This does sound quite confusing, so if it does simply arrange the collar on the outside of the dress how you would like it to sit when finished, with the raw edges up against each other. Then turn the collar inside the dress from there.
Then pin the raw edges together, ensuring that the shoulder seams align, and the centre corner is in the centre of the front of the dress (useful to mark in chalk before you do this step!), and then sew or surge! Now all you have to do is turn the collar right side out, and press! The seam will be hidden underneath.
You may need to pop a few little hand stitches in, if like mine, the collar tries to bounce back up even after a good steaming, which might occur with a thicker stretch fabric like this wool.
To do the sleeves, all I have done is simply fold up the hem twice, press thoroughly and create a couple of small hidden stitches on the inside to hold it in place. I did not have to alter the sleeve pattern at all to do this. Easy! and now we are all done!
This is one of the most easy patterns to make, and one of the easiest pattern hacks too.. so definitely give it a try if you are thinking about it! Happy sewing! :)