Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The Scarlet Fever Dress

One of my "outfit formulas" during winter is leggings, boots, jacket and dress. Going into last winter, I realised I didn't have that many dresses I liked that worked with boots, and so decided to make a few. This Mesa dress was one of them, along with my Myrtle and my Moneta (mmmm, many M's make alliteration magic!).

Obviously it isn't winter any more,  I'm a little slow in posting this. But I did manage to wear it out a couple times and got a few compliments, which is always nice!
The details:
Fabric: A thick and stable red knit from the remnant table at Lincraft
Pattern:The Seamwork Mesa dress
Size: S at bust and waist, graded to M at the hips 
Special touches and alterations: Added 1cm to bodice length above underarm, and 4cm to hem
I finished the seams with my overlocker, which I had specifically ordered some red thread for to match. The hem and neckline were topstitched with a twin needle.

There are a few issues with it, the number one being the width of the neckline. I don't know if I managed to stretch it out while sewing or if it is the pattern, but mine worked out really wide! You can see my bra straps peeking out in a few of these pictures, wearing it is a constant battle to keep them in check. Next time I think I will narrow the opening, and also take more care to make sure it doesn't stretch out!
I love this colour though, and the fabric is soft and comfortable. Secret pyjamas for the win!


  1. I love the colour of your dress.
    Have you thought of stitching in some bra strap retainers? Just a short tape on the inside of each shoulder seam fastened with a tiny press stud.

    1. Hi Rosemary, that's a great idea! I only wonder if that would cause the neckline of the dress to be pulled inward by the straps, rather than causing the straps to be pulled outward? I will have to give it a go and let you know!

  2. A great colour and a lovely silhouette!