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I found a lovely transparent wool jersey and I thought it'd be perfect for a layer dress using the pattern n°2 from Drape Drape 2. I used the S/M size since the cowl tunic came out a bit big and my jersey is very stretchy. Making a bias out of this sheer fabric was a nightmare, so I ended up doing a rolled hem, hence the super thin straps, which I like, and the very low armholes, which is ok since I wont wear the dress on its own (it's as good as being naked, really). I used starch to prevent the hems from rolling like crazy before sewing.



I wasn't 100% convinced of the shape and I found out that wearing it back to front gave me a better drape (no idea why). I actually made a mistake and cut it on the reverse of the fabric so the drape was on the wrong side (which... I really don't care about) and so it's back on the "normal" side lol. The neckline is lower in the back and higher in the front, but, yeah, I don't care either way.




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I used the 2m silk remnants I bought at Tissumarket for 10€ to make this dress. I expected the silk to be slippery and difficult but it was in fact very easy to sew (cutting not so much, I had to cut the front facing twice because my shears slipped).



My pleating, however, was a mess. I am not very precise nor careful when sewing (using a lot of jersey didn't help, because it's so forgiving). I had to unpick the seams of a few pleats (unpicking silk, yeahhh) that weren't quite straight. I ended up winging it, recutting the neckline and fudging with the facing until it matched more or less. I was pretty mad with myself because I really wanted to do everything properly and I felt like I messed up remarkably. But! The finished garment is in fact very neat.

The neckline is a bit too wide (yeah, I need to do something about that. I went down one size for the neck width but it wasn't enough). but other than that, it's a nice dress!

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