The Megan Dress

After despairing for the umpteenth time at the growing clutter in our spare room, where I keep my sewing paraphernalia (although I actually sew on the kitchen table, as the light’s so much better), I have categorically banned myself from buying any new fabric until I use up / sort out what I’ve already got 😦 Not as much fun, but unless you have a dedicated sewing room, I wish, I suspect this is an all too familiar problem for us all? Although maybe a better storage system would help too…

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First up was this striped fabric left over from my second Coco top, see here. Not really sure why I bought so much in the first place, but it’s a good neutral. I spied that Tilly had run up a pretty Megan dress in a knit, so this seemed the ideal solution. And because of the short sleeves, I just about had enough.

The first half of this sewed up a dream in one afternoon. The second half, inserting the invisible zip, was a pain in the backside! Not sure why, I’ve inserted many a successful invisible zip before… Eventually it went in, after some serious unpicking, and with a knit fabric that wasn’t that easy. But I could not for the life of me match up my waist seams at the back. I’m suspecting it had something to do with cutting the fabric out. Knits do tend to move around a fair bit, especially for larger pieces. Maybe a rotary cutter and board would help with this? Not sure.

As I’d intended this dress for casual use anyway, I’m guessing no one will really be looking too closely. And with a jacket on, it looks just fine. It was also a toss up between a size 2 and a size 3. I went for a 3, but it’s ended up a little on the loose side. Again, the jacket helps. If I run another of these up in a knit, I’d definetly go for the smaller size next time, but maybe the bigger if I do it in a cotton. Overall, it’s, yet again, a really flattering shape, even in a size too big, and I’m really pleased with it πŸ™‚

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And lastly here’s our cat, Mr Jinks, ‘helping’ with tracing out the pattern…

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Very cute, but really not a fat lot of help Mr Jinks!

The Megan Dress from Tilly’s ‘Love At First Stitch’

 

 

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35 thoughts on “The Megan Dress

  1. Goodness, how can you say sewinf from your stash isn’t fun? You’d be surprised how enjoyable it can be using up oops fabric on toiles and letting precious fabric see the light of day! But I guess I would say that 9 months in to my year long stash diet!
    A great basic day dress. Is it just me that thinks you need a red scarf with this?!

    • Now, a red scarf sounds a great idea! I think I’m still perfecting the art of matching the right fabric to the right pattern and I don’t always get it right, so that’s why I prefer to buy to order, but I guess I’ll get better at it with practice, so that’s a good reason to stick at it…

      • First half was really quick, as were the sleeves. Just the zip and attempting to line up the back seams a pain, though that could of course been my cutting skills lacking a little finesse…

      • I have just been to put a zip in my Ruby dress from Love Sewing mag…I have done it twice and it just won’t go in nicely! I have just left it as wondering if my frustration is hampering me! I just don’t understand why a zip goes in perfectly one day and not the next!

      • I have got gorgeous fabric, only Β£4 a metre so not sure of quality! It is a turquoise grey and black tartan. I have ordered a belt from Harlequin so it looks professional ….but a tall order if I can’t get the zip in! Do you ever have this real urge to get something perfect and then it never works out! Aarghhhh!

  2. Oh this is a really cute dress! It’s definitely going on my to-sew list however I’m not sure about diving into knits just yet! You did so well with it though so I might be brave like you!!

  3. oh how I relate – the new and shiny is always far more interesting than what you already have! I keep telling myself the same thing – nothing new. Then came Arizona fabrics. Then came Cotton + Steel. Then came this or that new PDF pattern. UGH. I need intervention! πŸ˜‰

  4. It’s so cute! I haven’t seen this in a knit before– it looks so comfortable. I think Tilly’s book is finally releasing in the US this month. I can’t wait to get mine!

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  7. I just read your most recent post on the better fitting Meghan dress. I still like this grey one and think you could wear it out with a nice wide belt – the shape of the dress is really nice.

    • Thank you, it’s actually really comfy and ideal for a Friday night sofa-and-take-away evening πŸ˜‰ I think the photos must be a little deceiving, as it’s really pretty loose in the flesh…

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