Saturday, 15 April 2017

Seamwork Kenedy

I've just treated myself a subscription to seamwork. For those of you not familiar with Seamwork it is a digital magazine released monthly from the guys (or girls) at Colette patterns. Every month they release 2 new patterns which they showcase in the magazine. And the best part...For just $6 per month you get credit to download 2 patterns each month.

Upon subscribing I received 1 pattern free, Kenedy. Kenedy is a simple trapeze dress with a large V back. I was looking for something to sew to wear to an upcoming wedding reception and thought this could fit the bill.

All Seamwork patterns come as download only. I have printed a few patterns at home before but just small projects like bags. I have to admit I was a bit daunted at the prospect of cutting and sticking 38 pages together! I needn't have worried, once I got started it didn't take all that long. I also chose to print the flutter sleeves pattern as I preferred this style to the cap sleeve of the original Kenedy.

All sizes (0 - 26) were printed on the same nested pattern for Kenedy, which made for quite a busy pattern to trace. I'd seen someone on Instagram recommend highlighting your size prior to tracing, such a great idea.

Then it was time to pick a fabric!! I already have lots and really wanted to shop my stash. I'd recently gone a bit OTT at the Fabworks online flash sale. Although it was all Jersey that I bought and this pattern calls for a woven there was one fabric that I felt might just work. Moonlight Bouquet is a double Jersey with a crepe finish featuring a black background with a large floral print of Camelia and Lily.

I was lucky enough to get this fabric for just £4 a metre and when I bought it I thought the print would be perfect for a special occasion dress.

I tend to buy 3 metres of fabric if I don't know what its intended purpose is going to be!! Seamwork recommend 2 3/8 yards for the Kenedy in size 16 but that's for non directional prints. I also added 5 inches to the length as Im not a mini skirt kind of girl!! Luckily 3 metres was plenty even with the added length. 

The only other supplies needed for this pattern were 2 yards of 1/2 inch bias tape.

Then it was on to the sewing! Seamwork patterns are designed to be made in just 2 hours. I'm obviously not that good but it was a very simple sew, an enjoyable sew too as I wasn't pulling my hair out questioning how to do things. 

Inserting the sleeves was probably the trickiest part to do. The pattern instructs you to sew 3 lines of easing stitches to gather the sleeve so that it fits in the armhole, i did this but didn't see much benefit as my sleeve matched up perfectly without the need to gather!

The pattern calls for bias binding to be used as a finishing around the neckline. I hadn't used bias binding in this way before so was slightly apprehensive. The fabric was so close to becoming  a dress and i was envisioning ruining it!

But the great thing with Seamwork (and Colette patterns) is they have a wealth of resources to help us along the way. Throughout the instructions there are mentions of webpages, articles and downloads on the trickier aspects of dressmaking. I read through the their guide to bias binding and was really pleased with my first attempt. I even inserted a "handmade by Natalie" label under the binding!

So, here's the finished dress

& The back view, it's nice that it has the low back but I was still able to wear a bra and it not show.

Overall I'm really pleased with how this turned out. Especially as I took a risk with the fabric choice. 

Now I just need to decide what other seamwork patterns to get. Perhaps a shirtdress for sew together for summer. Any recommendations? Let me know.

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