Wendy Ward's Winnats Tank Dress

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Just like sewing wovens, sewing knits can be a smooth experience or a complete disaster. In contrast to working with stable fabrics, with jersey it’s much easier to achieve a good fit thanks to forgiving qualities that it provides. Most of the problems can occur during the sewing process itself and that’s why Wendy Ward’s new book is a must-read for anyone who wants to sew stretchy garments.



 I used Winnats tank pattern that I paired with a simple gathered skirt. It was a very easy hack. I picked the right size of the pattern based on my bust measurement which was absolutely true to my size. I also combined my pattern size with the smallest one by drawing a smooth line from bust to waist. This little trick allowed me to have a more fitted bodice. 



 The sewing process was absolutely easy. I was a bit worried when I first tried it on with no facings - the neckline and armholes were gaping a lot. But it all took perfect shape as soon as the facings were installed, which required a lot of easing in! Since the top part of my dress wasn’t completely close fitting, I had to assemble it together with the skirt and then gather both layers with the cotton elastic. I must say that my elastic stretched out during sewing quite a lot, but it still does the job of making the dress sit at the waist.


As for the book...It's absolutely amazing and became my ultimate jersey bible. I’m not a complete beginner when it comes to sewing knits, yet I still found lots of valuable advice. The book covers literally everything, from picking the right fabric to cutting it and sewing your garment. It goes into smallest possible details of preparing and prewashing your fabric, finding the right and wrong side, etc. And it’s not too much since all of those tiny pieces form a puzzle of a successful jersey project. For example, it has quite a lot of information on how to pick the right fabric and what are the differences between different knits. Not only that, it guides you through the process of choosing the right stitch for each one.







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