Yay! It’s my turn to contribute to Nancy Zieman’s Blog Tour!!!
As you may already know by now, Nancy has just released a new book and four great patterns featuring the use of knit fabrics. For my project, I chose to stitch out Nancy’s
“Santa Fe Dress and Top” pattern view #1.
I am happy to tell you that I am very pleased with the results. On the whole, this is a straight forward project with many helpful tips sprinkled throughout. I found the directions clear and easy to follow. Two thumbs up for NancyZieman!!! Hooray!
Wanna see my pictures? OK! Here goes! (At the end of this post is a give-away prize so, stay tuned!!!)
It all starts here…
First, I traced off the pattern in my size… I’m a small on top and a medium down south. Thanks for making this a multi-sized pattern!
Next, I cut out all my pattern pieces and threaded up my serger…
Nancy’s pattern tips advised me to mark the fabric’s right sides with tape, but I just used colored straight pins this time.
I pinned and basted the bodice tucks in place.
I used my serger to attach the front panels to the bodice.
As directed, I overlapped the panels by using the center notch as my guide. See me pointing?
I then pinned through all the layers and stitched everything in place.
Can you see the serger stitches?
Next it was time to serge the raw edge of the bodice back neckline.
Here’s a photo of the bodice fully assembled at the shoulder seams. The neck line and arm holes have been hemmed using the sewing machine’s “wobble” stitch to allow for stretch. See below for a close-up view…
Here’s the back neckline all hemmed and stitched using the recommended “wobble” stitch. Note: On a woven fabric, this stitch resembles a lightning bolt. On a knit, it just looks like a normal straight stitch.
Here’s a close-up of the arm hole hem. Nice, right? Can’t tell it’s a lightning bolt can you?
After I serged the side seams and center back seams of the skirt, I followed Nancy’s instructions for how to put it all together. At the pinning stage, it looked like this.
Once I serged the bodice/skirt seam and turned it all right side out, it looked great!
(Time Saver Alert!) I decided to set my serger for a rolled edge to finish off the bottom hem of my dress.
I LOVE my new dress!!!
Thank you Nancy for creating such a user friendly design! This dress will be flattering on most body types and I can’t wait to make some more. In fact, a couple of the young ladies that I teach at Freedom Place are planning to make their own Santa Fe dresses very soon. What a truly confidence building project!
Now for the prize!!!
If you would like the chance to win, just make a comment on my blog and I will choose a random winner from the comments. The winner will be announced and contacted at the conclusion of Nancy’s Blog Tour and the gifts will be shipped directly to the winner.
Here’s what you can win:
All 4 of Nancy’s New Knit Patterns & a Copy of her NEW Book! YAY!!!
Thanks for reading!!!! Don’t forget to leave a comment!