Jocole Cross-over Tunic/Dress

Jocole wrap top

Silvia: Do you like my new dress?

Lovely blog reader: Silvia, are you sure you mean ‘dress’? Isn’t it a tunic?

Silvia: Isn’t it the perfect knit fabric for a dress?

Lovely blog reader: [puzzled] You’re right. It’s a very nice fabric and a lovely pattern

Here is the real story behind this project…In case you are wondering about my sanity by now!

I won this fabric a year ago from lovely Maria from Maria Denmark. Not only do I love the  Danish design but the jersey quality is fabulous. I’ve been keeping it trying to decide which pattern would suit it best…

Eventually I decided to go with Jocole’s Cross-over dress with modified sleeves

I carefully laid my fabric and placed the pattern pieces into a jigsaw puzzle…and started cutting the skirt part…too soon!

By then it was already too late! I realized I forgot to account for the skirt back! I was banging my head against the wall! (metaphorically, of course)

I frantically emailed Maria to see if I could buy more!

Then thought I could make the back out of black jersey…

 

Silvia: Ti piace il mio vestito nuovo?

Una lettrice: Silvia, quale vestito? Non e’ una maglietta?

Silvia: Non trovi questa maglina sia perfetta per un vestito?

Una lettrice: [perplessa] Hai ragione. E’ davvero una bella stoffa e un modello carinissimo.

Ecco la vera storia dietro questo progetto…Magari vi stavano già venendo i dubbi sulla mia sanità mentale!

Ho vinto la stoffa un anno fa da Maria Denmark. Il disegno danese e la qualità della stoffa sono favolose. l´ho conservata cercando di trovare il modello più adatto…

Alla fine mi sono decisa…vestito Jocole con maniche modificate.

Ho disteso la stoffa e posizionato le parti del cartamodello in una specie di puzzle con estrema cautela…ho cominciato a tagliare dalla gonna…troppo presto!

Ma era già tardi! Mi sono resa conto di non aver considerato che dovevo tagliare il dietro della gonna. Ho cominciato a sbattere la testa al muro (solo metaforicamente!)

Sono corsa a spedire un´email a Maria per cercare di comprarne dell’altra.

Poi ho pensato di comprare della maglina nera per la parte posteriore…

 

Jocole wrap top back

Nothing went through…I declared defeat and got ready for public shaming! Yes cutting mistakes can happen!

So, my long skirt became a tunic! and I couldn’t properly place the pattern to avoid the unsightly mismatched print below the waist.

The bodice also features an unplanned pleating…some may correctly call it poor fit! I should have released the tension a bit or…don’t know what else!  But as we know jersey is very forgiving so there you have it…a pleated front!

Lesson learned! Carefully check how many pattern pieces you need BEFORE cutting into your fabric!

I wish you an error-free week!

Ma tutto è andato storto…mi sono arresa e mi sono preparata alla gogna pubblica! Ora lo so…ci si può sbagliare a tagliare!

Quindi da un vestito ho fatto una maglietta! Ma non sono riuscita a posizionare correttamente il motivo sotto il seno…quindi la stampa non allineata e piuttosto orrenda in quel punto.

Il top fa anche delle pieghe impreviste in corrispondenza dell’incrocio…qualcuno di voi potrebbe dire correttamente: è un errore di vestibilità. Forse avrei dovuto spostare l’incrocio o…non so! Ma sappiamo che la maglina perdona quasi tutto…quindi ecco un incrocio con pieghe!

Ho sicuramente imparato la lezione! Controllare sempre quante parti del cartamodello sono necessarie PRIMA di tagliare la stoffa!

Vi auguro una settimana priva di errori!

 

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17 thoughts on “Jocole Cross-over Tunic/Dress

  1. It looks perfect to me! No one would know it didn’t turn out how you meant it to originally. That’s one thing I love about sewing: it’s very versatile and changes as it goes along!

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  2. I’m sorry your original plan didn’t work out, but I think your tunic looks really nice! You did a great job, considering the cards you were dealt… And I wouldn’t worry about not matching up the fabric at the side seams, your arms hide that most of the time anyway…

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    1. you haven’t seen me walking…my arms swing like a marching soldier 😉 Certainly people won’t notice…unless you sew your eye is generally not trained to spot mismatches…which is why many brands still manage to sell garments!

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  3. Oh goodness, cutting into fabric without realizing I didn’t have enough is so something I would do! Regardless of your disappointment, I think this tunic turned out lovely anyway and the fabric is pretty awesome.

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  4. I really like the tunic – the fabric is lovely!

    (I really make the silliest sewing mistakes from time to time, hehe. Just when I think I know what I’m doing…)

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