A Megan that fits

Delving right down to the very bottom of my fabric stash (still on my self-imposed ‘diet’), I found this very pretty John Kaldore, knit fabric, that I do believe was one of the first pieces I ever bought. I’m amazed at my beginners’ naivety! I purchased it on my first ever visit to Leon’s in Chorlton and to be honest, I think I was a bit bewildered at the choice and just grabbed a couple of bolts and ran. Although one of the assistants (I did remember to pay before I bolted πŸ˜‰ ), obviously sensing my bewilderment, did enquire as to whether I knew I needed to treat it differently than I would a woven fabric. And it’s sat at the bottom of a drawer ever since…

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I thought it would be perfect for another Megan Dress, from Tilly and the Buttons’ ‘Love at First Stitch’. This time, however, I was determined to make a version that fitted, and was therefore more flattering. My first version is a really comfy ‘staying at home’ size, see here, and this fabric was far too pretty not to be worn out. So, firstly I trimmed down my pattern pieces to a size 2 (last time I tried a size 3). However it still looked a bit big. Tilly’s instructions helpfully included ‘finished garment measurements’ which appeared pretty generous, although if I made this in a woven fabric, I’d stick to the size 2. So I took a deep breath and trimmed them again down to a size 1, gulp! And I’m glad I did.

Again, as I was using a knit, I didn’t bother with a zip, which made this a much quicker make. And again, my darts didn’t quite match up, though they were closer than last time, so there’s that. I probably need to actually match them up like for like, before I sew them. There’s always a next time…

This was a pretty quick make, well by my standards at any rate. And it’s by far the most neatly ‘finished’. I’m really very pleased with myself πŸ™‚ It’s a bit of a change from my normal colour choices too: it’s a mid green with darker green leaves/petals/leopard spots (my daughter contributed the last suggestion). It reminds me of a few of the prints Boden tend to use for their wrap dresses.

This certainly wasn’t a cheap fabric, hence it’s languished at the bottom of my stash for so long as I was too scared to use it, but there does seem to be pattern forming that my favourite me-makes are the ones where I’ve spent a little more on the fabric, such as my Miette skirt, see here, my Galloping Horses dress, see here, and my Spring-time Charlotte, see here. There are, of course, a few exceptions to this rule: despite the torture of sewing it, my 70s Clemence skirt, see here, has been worn again and again; my favourite Burda top, see here, made up from left over fabric which didn’t cost a whole lot to start with, and of course my navy, linen Ginger, see here, which cost very little. Maybe it’s because I tend to take my time more with more expensive fabrics? Or maybe they behave a little better whilst sewing and hang a little better when worn? Maybe a mixture of all of the above? But I really want to not only wear, but enjoy wearing my me-made items, so it’s an interesting point to note going forwards.

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There’s been a definite nip in the air of late, and as you can see our garden is awash with leaves, although at least they came down in one fell swoop thanks to the tail wind of Hurricane Gonzalo hitting us here last week. Although of course, I could layer thus up with a cardigan on top, or long-sleeved t-shirt underneath, I’m thinking it would be great to lengthen the sleeves on this pattern to 3/4 length. I’m thinking this would be simply a process of lengthening, or would I have to narrow the width at the end too? Any advice, as always, would be greatly appreciated πŸ™‚



34 thoughts on “A Megan that fits

    • Thank you! My first attempt was away too big, so I’m glad I sized right down, though I was a little nervous. I have two more ‘using-up’ projects in mind, but then I’ll be down to the real dredges…

  1. Wow what a gorgeous make. This suits you so much and well done on your foray into knits. I am yet to take the plunge into the world of knit fabric and I am enjoying reading about how you have been getting on!

    • Oh, you should definitely go for it! It’s really filling a gap in my wardrobe. I find that wovens tend to turn out too ‘dressy’, or at least the ones I chose, whereas knits can be worn anywhere. I really haven’t looked back since I started sewing with them, and I think I actually prefer sewing with them now πŸ™‚

  2. This is lovely and I think the pattern actually looks better sewn up in a knit fabric than a woven. The fit is really flattering too. I’m totally with you re spending a bit more on fabric. Apart from a few cheap flukes that have slipped through the net, it’s definitely the handmade garments made from better quality fabric that get worn the most! x

    • Thank you πŸ™‚ Yep, I think paying just a little bit more is the way forward. But a wearable muslin for a first-time through with a new pattern is finally making sense too, so I can save money there I guess…

  3. This dress is so great! I love the fabric and the fit is perfect! As far as lengthening the sleeves, you might be able to use the sleeves from another pattern as a guide. If you like the way the Coco sleeves fit, for example, you could probably use the bottom portion of that sleeve pattern as a guide so you know how much to taper them down. There’s also this turorial from Grainline studio that might help: http://grainlinestudio.com/2013/11/20/pattern-tutorial-long-sleeved-scout-variation/

  4. Gorgeous!! My first Megan was too small (I must have accidentally traced the wrong size, d’oh!) and seeing your second version makes me really want to try it again in a knit, this looks great!! πŸ™‚

    I usually just use a sleeve pattern piece I like the length of to gauge how much to lengthen a short one by (and to get a guide in tapering too). I think using better fabric – especially if you love it! – works out better in the long run as you’re more likely to wear it and it’s more likely to last.

    • Thank you, I’m so pleased with it and I do think it’s the lovely fabric that makes it πŸ™‚ I’d definitely size down if you try it in a knit though. Thanks for the sleeve tips. I’m thinking it would look perfect in 3/4 length ones…

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  7. Great idea to make the Megan in knit fabric -it looks way better when you can make it more snug fitting. Im not so in love with my non-stretch denim Megan any more -had to make it roomy enough to move around in and I have to wear it with big hair because the poofy sleeves make my head look small. Thank you for the inspiration!

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