Unsuitable for diagonals

V8629Sometimes you just have to ignore the specialist advice and bite the bullet, which is what I did today with this quick and easy dress. Vogue 8629 is a pullover dress for knitted fabrics, with side pockets, pleated front and dropped shoulders with optional ¾ length sleeves. My fabric was quite a fine viscose knit with inauspicious diagonal bands of dots, but I decided to use it anyway. I rarely sew with knitted fabrics, mainly because the variety available in my local shop is fairly limited, but that could easily change. I used just under 2m of 145cm wide fabric and half a metre each of bias binding and seam binding.

I used a twin needle in my machine which saves lots of time as seams would normally need double-stitching for a knit dress i.e. two rows of stitching about 5mm apart (time-consuming). The twin needle sews two rows of stitching on the top side, while the bobbin thread becomes a zig-zag so that there is a bit of stretch in the stitch. When threading up the machine for twin needle sewing keep the two threads seperate at the tension wheel i.e. one on either side of the central disc, then when you get to the needle put one thread around the thread guide at the top of the needle before going through the eye of the needle. The second thread should by-pass the thread guide, going directly from the take-up lever to the eye of the needle. Keeping the threads apart as much as possible means they are less likely to twist together and cause breakages.  …click on any image to view large…

I used seam binding on the shoulder seams to prevent stretch which would result in a misshapen garment.. The neck line was finished with bias binding. I pressed it with a steam iron into a curved form before applying it to give a smooth line. This was a very quick and easy make and easy and comfortable to wear, and I really don’t think the diagonal design affects it adversely.

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