Wednesday, 30 December 2015

GBSB Drapey Knit Dress and a mustard Oslo

I think this is a bit of a marmite dress, you love it or hate it .... on the whole I love it!  Not my usual style at all, and my hemlines seem to be going up as I get older.  This is The Great British Sewing Bee Fashion with Fabric Drapey Knit Dress

 I had been intrigued by lots of versions, and particularly liked Karen's version which she made in a finer knit fabric than the suggested double knit/ponte. I had seen the rather crazy fabric at Fabric Godmother, with no idea what to make from it, but loved the colours and the 60s feel, and having seen Karen's thinner version thought it might be worth a go.  In fact I think overall the thinner jersey is better.  There is a an overlap (which ends up being 4 layers including the facing) and I think that this just wouldn't lie right if you were using a ponte roma.

I love the sleeves with all their bagginess which then goes into a slim cuff.

The construction is quite strange and rather fantastic.  The one piece back showcases a large pattern.

I cut a size medium and didn't make any adjustments except to leave out the pockets which I felt might spoil the line.

Whilst I was in the mood for knits I made another Seamwork Oslo.  It's not as snuggly as my last one (which I made last Christmas), but this was fairly cheap mustard boucle knit which I bought at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show.

The colour is great and I've worn it several times already.

With no lining, it does only take a few hours to make.

Strangely the stretch on this was vertical and I should have cut it that way, so the cuffs are a little tight, but still wearable.

I hope you all enjoyed Christmas.  I had a lovely time with Dan and Gemma who made a lovely Christmas lunch.

Just to prove I have worn the cardigan (though here with my Coco)!

And of course, lots of stokes with the lovely Monty!

Wishing you all a wonderful 2016, now if I can just get rid of this cold!


  1. I don't like Marmite but I do like your dress - that wave at the back is mightily impressive.
    Happy New Year Mags!

  2. Thanks Ruth, the fabric is rather fab, and I think it would look great in the pattern you just made! X

  3. I do love Marmite and I also love your dress. It's completely fabulous, that fabric is just right for the cut and you showed off the pattern really well on the back. The yellow Osla cardigan is gorgeous, I can imagine that it's very comfy and I don't think I'd take it off.

    Happy new year to you Mags - I hope there are many happy sewing adventures for you in 2016, and lots of non-sewing happiness too. xx

  4. Thanks Gillian, glad you like it and the Oslo is a great comfy pattern which I do wear a lot. There will be many sewing adventures I'm sure. Have a great new year xx