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Merino wool jersey surplice dress

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Sewing With Knits: 5 Wardrobe Essentials taught by Meg McElwee

Stretch your sewing skills by making a soft T-shirt, comfy yoga pants, a fleecy hoodie or a flowing dress with Meg McElwee of Sew Liberated.

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Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? Merino wool jersey with fine stripes, eggplant/white

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What are you most proud of? That it turned out well and is comfortable and wearable

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Just follow Meg's instructions and it'll turn out well. I was frustrated with the jersey curling up but I found that pressing it before working with it helped (sometimes it needed a shot of steam to encourage it to lie flat but that may be because it is wool). This fabric was very off grain when I bought it. It was a trapezoid rather than a rectangle when it was cut off the bolt and I had to do a lot of preparation to get it straightened out. It would have been much easier just to get a fabric without that problem but I really liked it so I went with it but even after washing it, pulling it into shape and blocking it when it was damp, then steaming it with my iron it still reverted back to it's crooked shape so I had to pin it to my cutting board to get it square before pinning the pattern pieces to it. The stripes really helped with lining it up and I used plastic square to check that it was aligned. It's worth doing this so that it doesn't twist after a few washes but if you're a beginner it's easier to start with a fabric without this problem as it is a bit squiffy when you're cutting and constructing it.

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I love sewing with wool! What fabric did you use?

12/13/2012 Flag

It's a medium weight wool jersey and it was quite nice to sew except that the edges curled like crazy!

12/13/2012 Flag

I love this. I have been looking for inspiration using the surplice patter and this is the first one I have actually liked. It looks great on you. The material is versatile. You could wear this in the spring and fall as well as the winter.

12/21/2012 Flag

this dress looks great on you, I am inspired.

02/14/2013 Flag

Merino wool jersey??!! Oops, I'm drooling! Great job, looks awesome!

03/30/2013 Flag

great job and I love that fabric

04/03/2015 Flag