Westcliff Dress- Friday Pattern Company
Hello everyone, I’m Kealy from Voice of a Creative.
I am so glad to be part of the Loubodu Blogger team.
For my first blog post I chose this beautiful pink viscose jersey, it has a light pink and white brush stroke pattern. Pink is a totally different colour for me as usually I go for blues and greens, but I really love the colour of the final dress.
This viscose jersey is light weight and quite stretchy, it has 95% viscose and 5% elastane. It is a beautiful deep colour and is available in a green colour wave as well.
Tips for working with Viscose Jersey-
Firstly, the basics, use a jersey or ballpoint needle, test of the fabric on your machine first to check the foot pressure it right.
Use lots of pins or clips as it can be quite slippy and stretchy.
Don’t pull it too much as you sew as this might cause waves in the seams.
Beware it can be clingier than cotton jersey so choose a sewing pattern which is appropriate.
Lastly, take your time to get every stage right, you may need to use cotton tape in the shoulder seams.
I had my eye on the Westcliff dress by Friday Pattern Company for a while and this fabric gave me to perfect excuse to buy it. The dress has a faux wrap front and A line skirt. The detail I like best is the front yoke detail, which you gather the front bodice into. I am always looking for new jersey patterns to make and overall this was quite a simple make.
I got my PDF pattern printed and cut out to size medium which seemed about right for my measurements. This pattern comes with both B and D cup options, I chose the B cup option. The fabric was easy to cut out, I used scissors and pattern weights to do this.
I didn’t make many adjustments to the pattern at all which is fantastic. I lowered the back neckline by about 1.5 cm and shortened the waist by about 3 cm. Lastly I shortened the length by 3 cm.
Whilst sewing I changed the method slightly, choosing to join the skirt to the bodice front and back before stitching the side seams. I just find this easier for alterations if needed, it also means the waist doesn’t stretch out when sewing. I also double folded the hem of the sleeves and skirt, instead of doing a single fold. I much prefer this method when sewing with viscose jersey.
This pattern was a nice simple make, the most challenging part was stretching the neckband along the bodice. As in my test version I had found the pattern piece included in the pattern is slightly too short, I added about 3 cm to the pattern piece.
Overall, I love the final dress, I wasn’t so sure until I took the photographs. However, once I put on some lipstick and boots, it was so comfy and bright that I now love it. It is great to have a different colour in my wardrobe. I will be on the lookout for a greater range of coloured fabrics to add a different element to my wardrobe.
Thanks for reading,
Read how Holly took her blogging opportunity to sew herself a cosy Southbank Sweater here.