Hello dears! I am pleased to present to you my latest sewing project (you last saw it here in Jessica’s Sewing Forecast) which was a 60’s knit dress refashion that only took hours to complete. That was the best part in my opinion! Take a look!
I’m sorry to say that I never did get before and after pictures of this refashion, but I think I can draw you a picture of what it used to look like–the used-to-be dress was pretty close to being three sizes too big for me, however it was only long enough to reach my knees. So if it was worn on the right person, it would have been called a 60’s knit mini dress. As the garment was already nicely outfitted with a rolled-down collar and full-length sleeves, I decided to keep them and thus the dress became this cute 60’s styled sweater. Here’s how I did it:
- I ripped out the arm hole seems, which were only serged together. Brigi explained that when sewing together heavy knit, serging was the most reliable stitch to use. I thought this pretty handy for future reference!
- I used another 60’s styled (modern) sweater as my pattern, turning it inside out and placing it on top of the dress so I could accurately measure the “patterns” and make the correct cuts in the dress.
- I serged all the new raw edges. (I like to be very thorough in my sewing 🙂 )
- After I hemmed the bottom edge of the sweater, the two side seams were serged together.
- Lastly, the sleeves were serged to the armholes of the bodice, and the sweater was complete.
All in all, it took me just one day to finish this project. You can imagine how happy I was with the prospect!
Now, one thing I didn’t count on was the fiber content of the sweater. Being from the 60’s I shouldn’t have been all that surprised to find that the material was synthetic. I didn’t mind this at first, but after the first day of wearing it, I realized that synthetic doesn’t do all that great of a job of keeping you warm. So practically speaking, this sweater needs to be worn with another shirt under it, or else a matching grey turtleneck. Thankfully, I have one in my closet.
This brings up an interesting topic. I have noticed that vintage synthetic materials don’t do as good of a job of keeping us warm like the new synthetic materials do; I am speaking of knits in particular. Have any of you vintage lovers found this to be true as well? Has the technology of creating man made fibers become better, in your opinion? Because it certainly seems to be that way. Even though this is the case with this new refashion, I am in no way discouraged with my choice. After all, who doesn’t like polkadots in blue and grey? 🙂
Do you have trouble with vintage synthetics not being warm enough?
Do you stay away from synthetics too?
Do you like how my sweater turned out?
Love to you all!
Jessica, the eldest sister & singer