I had 2 yards of this soft jersey knit that I bought a while ago. I'm not sure what I had in mind when I bought it, but whatever it was, I forgot. So, I opted for something fast and simple--Timeless & Cozy Ottobre pattern. I made this once before, which you can see here.
I decided to put a cowl neck on it. I wasn't thinking how wide the neck opening was, so my cowl fell somewhere between a cowl and a turtle neck. Oh well.
Instead of using clear elastic at the bottom, I sewed 1/4 inch braided elastic to the bottom, which stretches so much easier. I then just flipped it to the inside once more and zigzagged it down again.
My first attempt at this dress, I found the sleeves to be rather snug. This time I referred to my book "Fit for Real People" and followed their instructions for widening a sleeve. It was pretty quick and easy...just a horizontal and vertical slash and spread. I spread my sleeve 1/2 inch.
Also I want to mention that I have read where people use cardboard on a table when altering patterns so they can stick pins in the pattern while adjusting. Since I am up in the attic where our dartboard is, we have a mat to protect our floor from darts that may not make their mark. I have found that this mat is wonderful for laying out slippery fabrics and also for pinning patterns to. It was an inexpensive addition to our attic which has become quite useful to me with my sewing ventures.
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley