Panama tee dress

The other day I was wearing my Bonnie top in this wonderful retro print. I was getting so many comments on it and started to think about how nice the fabric as a dress for fall. I had been overly keen when purchasing the fabric and still had loads in my stash. But what pattern? After scouring Indie Sew’s website I stumbled across the Panama Tee Dress from Alina and co. The fit  was exactly what I was after and I immediately bought a PDF copy.

As the PDF was ‘layered’ I was able to print a limited number of sizes which I find much easier to piece and then trace. It was super easy to put together and I traced a size 10, grading out ever so slightly at the hips (somewhere in between size 10 and 12). But when I laid out my fabric I realised I have been very sloppy when cutting out my previous project and as such was unable to fit the pattern pieces on. After much huffing and puffing I decided to piece the back bodice together (its not too noticeable and its on the back so at least I don’t have to see it) and had to cut 2″ off the length.

This is perhaps a good time to introduce you to a new addition to my family: Ms Janome 9200D. That’s right – I’ve only gone at bought my first ever serger/overlocker. And of course this dress got to be the guinea pig as I begin learning how the hell it works (I’ve never actually used one before now).

The result? The seams are beautiful but my hems less so! I’m totally happy with them now but I can imagine in a few months looking at these hems with distaste.  I think I’d opt next time to use my normal sewing machine for the hems (unless you have any great tips) but my Bernina is in for a service and I couldn’t wait to finish the dress.

I’m actually really pleased with the length – while it wasn’t a sartorial decision but a fabric necessity, I think its just right for the look I was going for.  Jersey dresses really seem to be what I gravitate to these days, so I envision many, many more of these in my closet in the future.


Project 3 of 5 – using scraps, remnants and/or stashed fabrics, before purchasing anything new.

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