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Tube Dress success!

Hi All,

I have managed to get the first of my Tube Dresses finished.  No time to make the other two yet though.

I’m really pleased with the result:

It’s made from a heavyweight Jersey fabric (Cotton/ Viscose mix) so is really quite cosy to wear.  The other 2 pieces of jersey are a lighter weight, so there’s no rush in making them as they will do for when the weather gets a bit warmer.

I love the bold print.  Wasn’t too sure when I bought it but now it’s made up it looks fab!

The dress went together really well.  I had the option of 2 methods of stitching it together:


  1. Using a domestic sewing machine with a stretch needle (to prevent skipped stiches) and a stretch stitch which will stretch with the fabric.
  2. Using my industrial 5-thread overlock machine.

I chose the overlock as it sews the seams faster while giving a very neat finish.


As you can see, the overlock looks a bit scary but it’s actually a bit of a pussy-cat  really!  Nice and smooth to use as long as you keep your fingers away from the knife!!


I am just in the process of putting the new Tube Dress one-day workshop onto my website, so look out for it over the next couple of days.  You’re welcome to try the overlock too.


I actually completed my dress on the domestic machine, using an attractive stretch stitch around the hem, sleeves and neckline.  I also stabilised the neck edge with a fantastic product called ‘Lite Steam-a-Seam’.  If you’ve never used it, give it a try on stretchy fabrics – it tames curly edges.


I look forward to seeing you on my new course.