I am so over this heat here in South Florida! The humidity and the high temperature feels like 100+ degrees each day. I can’t wait for Fall so that I can truly enjoy the cooler temperatures.
Whenever Fabric Mart has designer ponte knit fabric in stock and on sale, I grab as many yards as I am allowed to. I absolutely love sewing with ponte knit versus other knits as the stability and structure are perfect for my personal taste (See my previous Fabric Mart post using ponte knit here and here).
For my July post, I quickly grabbed a few yards of this midnight black viscose/nylon/lycra blend ponte knit as I wanted to add a simple classic black dress that was not fitted. I also selected a designer rayon/nylon ponte knit in eggshell (off white) for my July post. Unfortunately both colors are sold out, however, these two here and here are absolutely perfect for these look.
When I came across this Simplicity S8874 pattern a month ago, the midi/maxi length and bust dart caught my attention. I knew I wanted to make at least 2 looks from this pattern as the bodice would be a perfect fit for my smaller upper frame. Working with knit fabrics can be tricking and I have learned a few tips from Erica Bunker’s recent post. In addition, because of the neckline and armholes and my previous experience from my February blog post, I decided to do a little research before cutting and came across two great articles here and here.
When I sewed up the bodice for “View C” first, I fell in love immediately. For the bodice, I graded the size 10 to the 12 at the waist and for the skirt, I graded the 12 to the 16!
|Loving my custom pattern weights!|
Grading skirts and pants can be tricky, however, my High School friend Trudy shared a trick to always use a yard stick (meter stick) when grading or altering certain patterns. This worked out perfect for the skirt and fit. (CUSTOM PATTERN WEIGHTS purchased from my sew sister Bianca)!