When I made my dragon Tiramisu a few months ago I said I wanted to make the pattern again. I have said that a number of times about patterns, few of these promises of pattern repeats have come to pass as yet. I was determined this one would be different – after all the tiramisu only took me one day first time round.
The first time I made the pattern I had planned to make a ‘classic’ striped Tiramisu, but my wonderful and much worn dragon print waylaid me. Therefore, as soon as I finished the dragon dress I carried on the hunt for a striped knit. Again, what I found was not exactly what I went looking for, but I loved it nonetheless – especially since it was in a sale. This navy stripe has extra interest with red daisies overlaid. Tilly recently commented on her new love for stripes and flowers – since I bought this fabric several months ago, I am claiming trendsetting privileges. I love the pattern, but I have to say the fabric is a little on the light side – I am not sure the finished dress will be particularly durable, but we will see.
- retraced the bodice going down a size, and then did a FBA on this.
- lengthened the bodice piece below the armholes
- took away some (but not all) of the extra width I had previously added to the waistband pieces
The only change I made to the construction from last time was that I got hold of some Vilene Bias tape which is essentially a strip of fusible interfacing with a reinforcing chain of stitching along it.
You fuse it along a seam line to reinforce it. I used this where advised in the pattern (shoulder seams and pockets) but I also applied it to the neckline. My dragon dress had definitely stretched along the neckline as I sewed it – it is still wearable, but I wanted to avoid the same issue. All evidence suggests that this worked. I also slightly shortened the neck band to ensure it fits closely to my chest, although I may have shortened this a smidge too far as the centre of the bodice pulls up slightly, but at least it is very firmly in place and no gaping is possible.
The sewing of this was fine as the first time, although this time I had to try to stripe match. I emphasis try. I was fairly successful on the front centre seams, but the side seams are not my finest piece of technical sewing. Not sure whether this is fabric or technique, but I figure life’s too short to worry too much about something that will probably never be noticed (plus unpicking my machine’s stretch stitch is an unpleasant step too far for a quick and easy make).
Even though i went down a bodice size I still had to take some width off the side seams. I think next time I will go down a size for the skirt, and probably for the bodice too.
PS, I gave Dolly a budget boob job with an old bra and some fabric, do you like it?