It’s always a nice experience to sew up an ITS pattern. This new pattern called Oceanside Dress is a fun and exciting to make. The first time I saw this dress, my eyes popped out my eye sockets and my heart palpitated so fast. My brain told me, “Go! Hurry! Apply as a tester for this pattern!” I am so glad I made it!
So here is the the fun part; You can play with the color blockings; You are free to go crazy or do the funky color combos. Take a look at the details of this pattern.
The Oceanside Dress features:
- Comfortable scoop neckline with band
- Raglan sleeves with band for a sporty look
- Contrast sleeves and front inset for added interest
- Relaxed bodice gathered into the waistband
- Feminine half circle skirt gathered into the waistband
- Fitted waistband for a slimming effect
- Above-knee skirt that can be lengthened easily (instructions included)
fabric 58″ (147 cm) or wider.
Primary fabric— Use medium-light weight, 2-way or 4-way knit fabric with 50% to 75% stretch, ideally with spandex content for good recovery. Jersey, interlock, French terry, ITY knit are good choices.
Contrast Fabric— Use medium-light weight, 2-way or 4-way knit fabric with 50% to 75% stretch, ideally with spandex content for good recovery. Jersey, interlock, French terry, ITY knit are good choices.
- Ball-point or stretch machine needles
- Walking foot for your sewing machine
- Serger machine
Finished project(No hack) :
It looks very pretty when the skirt is filled with air like these pictures.
I love to hack/remix/reinterpret patterns. For this hack, I used fabric Yorkshire Roses and Wood Illusion print fabric from The Fab Clique Fabric Shoppe.
This ultra soft knit fabric is brushed on both sides and feels very soft against the skin. It has 4-way stretch for comfort and ease. Perfect for gathered knit dresses, skirts, stylish tops, t-shirts, and even lightweight active wear such as leggings and yoga pants. It has 96% polyester 4 % spandex fiber content and with 180 gsm weight.
Going back to my hack attack, here are the steps .
- Lengthen the front and back bodice about 2-3″ longer.
- Sew the pattern pieces for the bodice just like how the pattern instructions tells you. Here is mine with serged neckline.I am not so sure if you can clearly see it. Le me give you a closer look.
- Cut the corner of the triangle around 1.5cm like this,
- Fold it twice. (make sure to tuck those excess serger threads in.)
- Hand stitch the very corner to avoid fraying.
- Fold the serged neckline once and sew it on a regular machine.
- Make a short strip/drawstring using the contrast fabric or the primary fabric. It is up to your preference.
- Position the string at the ends of serged neckline to determine its length. Careful not to stretch that triangle or you will end up with excess length of string on neckline. My trick was pinning both sides on back bodice to avoid stretching.
- Go ahead cut the excess string and hand sew it .
- I also attached waist band ( You can make wider waistband. ). The waistband on this picture is already sewed and folded, ready for installation.
- And here is the finished product.
Finished Project (with hack) :
Here are the pictures of my hacked Ocean dress paired with a pair of short pants.. You may use the Tierras or Anza patterns for the shorts.
closer look of my neckline
There you go, ladies! Thanks for taking time to visit and read this post.