An Overlocked Megan

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I’ve seen some lovely, Winter Coco dresses on various blogs of late, so much so that I was almost tempted to change my overlocking plans, but I stuck to my original instinct with the Megan Dress instead (Tilly and the Buttons) : A pattern I’ve already made up twice before, here and here. Β Those princess seams are really flattering on my body shape. Maybe a Coco next time…

I spotted this lovely, light-weight, sweatshirt fabric at John Lewis. At Β£8 a metre (half price in the sale), I was paying a little more than I usually do, but I knew it would be perfect and worth paying that little extra πŸ™‚ Happily, it turned out well!

As for my previous Megan, I cut the smallest size, but added an extra inch or so to the length. I lengthened the sleeves to 3/4 length (my favourite), using the Coco top sleeve pieces (thanks for the great tip Teri). I haven’t adapted a pattern like this before, so I was a little apprehensive. The two different sleeve patterns were pretty different shapes, but I kind of tapered one into the other, which thankfully worked out just fine. Phew!

I started on my sewing machine, sewing up the darts and tucks, but then switched to my overlocker to attach the various body pieces to each other. I’m not sure what I’ve done with the placement of the darts on this pattern, (maybe I traced them slightly wrong?) but I’ve never yet managed to line them up perfectly. They’re not too far out, but the smaller things like this are starting to annoy me more, which I’m presuming is a good thing. I must check my tracings before I attempt this again.

Switching between the sewing machine and the overlocker certainly provides the best of both worlds in terms of stitches and finishing, but it’s not easy when you don’t have your own sewing room. I’ve promised myself I can only have one out at a time, in an attempt to keep the kitchen reasonably tidy of sewing clutter πŸ˜‰ This plan is certainly keeping me fit, traipsing up and down the stairs. It’s a pain, but maybe a good pain as it did force me to pause overnight and therefore slow down, as I couldn’t face switching them over yet again.

When I got my overlocker out again a couple of days later though: disaster struck! I stupidly didn’t raise the thread arm before I began, and yep, you’ve guessed it: two of my threads snapped as a result 😦 Oh well, it was going to happen sooner or later! And at least it wasn’t all four of them… It took me several attempts, but it finally produced that lovely chain again.

I hesitated at sewing both the facings and the sleeves on my overlocker, but decided to just go for it! The sleeves went in just fine, and I was dutifully careful with my pins, taking it very slowly and removing them well in time. I was warned that overlockers and pins really don’t get along too well on my course, much more disastrous than running over one on a normal machine apparently.

Next time I must remember to cut both facing pieces on the fold if I’m using a knit fabric and avoiding zips. The flappy bits were annoying, and frustratingly resulted in me slightly misaligning the two back bodice pieces at the top. It’s a good job I wear my hair reasonably long, so no one’s going to really notice, but annoying all the same! As I’d used the overlocker, I couldn’t really unpick it either, so there are disadvantages too… Not too many though πŸ˜‰

However I LOVE this dress! Spending a little extra on the fabric really does seem to pay off for me πŸ™‚

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My husband put a selfie stick in my stocking this year! Do you think he’s trying to hint at something?! Anyway, today was the first time I’ve attempted to use it. Quite frankly it made me feel ridiculous! I’ve seriously got the giggles in these last two photos and I can’t quite manage to cut out the stick, or my daftly raised right arm from the finished photos, but at least you can see a close up of this beautiful fabric πŸ™‚

 

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44 thoughts on “An Overlocked Megan

  1. Wow, your are on a roll with that overlocker! Love the dress and the fabric is great. I think you are doing well with the selfie stick – I don’t even seem to be able to get my face in properly, let’s not even talk about focus or cutting out the arm πŸ˜‰

  2. The fabric is perfect for a Winter dress – the style really suits you. How long did it take you to re-thread the overlocker – I hope it’s getting less daunting:)

  3. I reaaaally like this dress! It’s pretty and smart at the same time. Well done lugging machines up and down the stairs too! I’m glad I sew in my lounge and have an amazingly useful cupboard under the stairs!

  4. I really like your Megan dress! Of all the patterns in the book this was the one I had least fancied making however as you have proved – with some great fabric it can look fantastic! It looks really well fitted too πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! I think this pattern really works well with knits, for my shape at any rate πŸ™‚ And it was second time lucky with the fitting. I must take in my first one on my overlocker now, would really improve it…

    • Thank you! I have hinted heavily about having my own sewing room, but unless we have a loft conversion (totally justified in my mind for my sewing needs alone), there’s no chance… Kitchen table it is!

  5. Love the dress and love the fabric! I have found it easier to line up the darts by first stitching the front bodice darts, holding it against the front skirt panel to make sure the skirt dart markings line up and then stitch the skirt darts. I basically first stitched the bodice and skirt pieces together and did the side seams last.

  6. This is such a great dress for you! It fits you perfectly! I’m glad merging the two sleeve patterns worked out fairly well. Your fabric is so pretty– I hope you get lots of use from this dress!

  7. I’ve got a Megan cut out and it looks totally different. In fact, with your three quarter sleeves I think your frock looks like a a Moneta. Anyway, it looks lovely on you – a great fabric choice and perfect fit – well done you x

  8. Your Megan dress looks great on you and the fabric was worth it, it is such a great print. You are getting some great sewing done with the over locker and even re-threading, have fun.

  9. I do like the fabric! The dress looks lovely – it really sounds as if you have got to grips with the overlocker! I am also struggling to have both machines set up at the sale time – dreaming of a dedicated sewing space!
    Louise

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