I was so inspired by Handmade Jane's super awesome pants that I wanted to make something in a blue knit and sailor-y. So, I brought out good old Simplicity 1924 from 1947.
I have never made this one before and was worried it would look like a paper bag on me. I don't have much of a waist (or bust or hips for that matter), I have what one would call a Lego body; it's all arms and legs. I had this feeling that it would literally look like someone cut a hole in a tube of fabric and tossed it over my head. I was wrong. It is a great pattern, a lovely pattern, it makes me look like I have half a figure! There were only 4 main pieces and I made it out of thrifted grey and navy striped cotton t-shirt knit (top) and navy blue poly-something knit (bottom). I have never sewn knits before but always wanted to and thought this was the perfect time.
The only downfall with using the knit was that the gathers are not very apparent. I did find it difficult to match the stripes too. Somehow the stripes were off on the fabric itself b/c they just wouldn't even line up before I cut the top. I really need more practice sewing knits (I didn't have the right needle and I have no idea how to finish the seams), but for a first attempt this turned out wearable and cute. I did French seams on part of the dress and they really didn't work. It is almost like they are too heavy or something, they didn't lay like I wanted them to. The front just sags at the seam. Next time I'll eliminate the seam and cut both the back and from on the fold. Any advice? I also could not figure out the back facing. I initially thought the facing was not needed, I did the top and realized it wasn't really a facing but a piece that oddly finishes the back neck (these old patterns.... sigh). Then I proceeded to sew it in wrong no less than four (!!!) times. The 'instructional' picture was horrible and I swear that it just can't be done the way they want.
I couldn't get a good picture... I just wasn't feeling it and I couldn't keep the Little Lady out of it. I may try again later after some makeup and a hairbrush...