7/11/11

Coverstitch Wrap Dress

This pattern is getting a heavy duty workout.  I've lost count of how many dresses I have made from this pattern, which has become a sure-fire TNT.  I made three dress from the same pattern for my vacation and the fun part of making a pattern a TNT is the ease in which the garment comes together.... no fitting issues to worry about.


This dress will be named Coverstitch Wrap Dress.  I'd purchased a janome coverstitch 3 years ago, actually the same year I purchased my serger.  Used the Coverstitch a couple of times and I guess fell out of love with it, because the serger monopolized most of my time. 




Over the last couple of months, I had been considering a second serger and figured I would trade in the coverstitch since it hadn't been used for some time.  Honestly, used it initially a few times... proclaimed love and just as quick treated it like a one-night-stand.  The fabric store that I frequent once month ( Sav-a-thon Fabrics) do trade-ins and thought it was a convenient way to upload the coverstitch and get a new serger, but that conversation went down hill quickly.  I wasn't satisfied with the amount of the serger that he was selling and therefore, decided it was best that I keep it and take the time out to fully learn it.

This past weekend I youtube, googled and viewed every coverstitch tutorial out there. 

Here are a few of many that I found which were very helpful... Big Thanks

Stitches & Seams
Gigi Sews
Coverstitching
Yarn Crawl
Rusty Bobbin

Practiced on several scraps and once I felt I had it under control... proceeded to work on a baby gift that's due this Thursday.   Can't locate the tutorial, but the woman showed how the chain stitches could be used decoratively... totally liked that idea. Used contrasting prints to make reversible blanket, burpers & bibs;  for the blanket and burpers folded the edges to the wrong side of each piece and coverstitched around the whole blanket treating the two fabrics as one.  Quick and painless....


I really like the decorative stitching...

For the bibs, I sew the rightsides together and left an opening to turn inside out using my regular sewing machine & final edge stitch.



Decided the next challenge would be using the coverstitch for another wrap dress.  Used ITY knit from my Spandex House Batch.

Coverstitched around the neckline, sleeve hems, bodice/skirt seam, skirt overlay edge

& dress hem

To break up the in your face print... I used some turquoise scrap knit for the neckline

I opted out of the wrap ties and instead sewed the overlay skirt piece atop bodice/skirt seam, thereby turning the wrap dress into a pull over dress.

There is still that flashing factor when its windy...lol

Another comfortable dress added to my collection....

And glad that I've decided to keep my Coverstitch

27 comments:

Lori said...

Great dress, the fabric is so pretty and I like how you used the torquoise. Great news on using your coverstitch machine, I don't know what I would do without mine.

Rosy said...

Beautiful dress, I'm glad you investigated all of these tutorials to make this great benefit of your coverstich. It's a wonderful investment!

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

Yay! I'm so glad you're using your coverstitch machine. Enjoy.

Tanya said...

That is a very cute dress, love the fabric.

Carol said...

I have the same machine and have yet to fall in love with it. I will try the tutorials you've listed - thanks. As always, your dress is lovely and you look fantastic.

Jada said...

Cute summer dress.

Aminat said...

Great dress and lovely fabric. Thanks for the links,l I got CS for mother's day in 2009 and have used it couple of times too, hopefully it will get to a better use now.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Love the new dress! You make the best knit dresses and now make a convincing case for a coverstitch machine!

Kimberly said...

Now I want one, too. I've been thinking a lot about it recently and you may have pushed me over the edge.

Mary Sarah said...

Well shoot. Now I want a overstitch machine. Lol! Your dress looks great!

Faye Lewis said...

Go ahead, wrap it up girl! Very nice dress.

judy said...

Wow, you have sewn so many great dresses, etc. I love the elephant baby set! Thanks for stopping by my blog to admire my sweet grandbaby and garden! Yes, they do grow up fast. I am savoring every moment!

Uma Preve said...

Thanks for the links... Very helpful. It is a very pretty dress!

Myra said...

When you have a great TNT pattern, "you have a great pattern"!!! I have a knit rtw pattern I use all the time for tops...it fits perfect and is effortless sewing just like this gorgeous wrap dress of yours! We need quick gratification sometimes...especially after a tough project!!!

Jackie said...

Cute dress from my favorite color!

Shari said...

Wonderful dress!

Brandi said...

Beautiful summer dress. i love the fabric.

Adelaide B said...

Cute!

Rosie said...

Another great dress. I especially love how added the turquoise at the neckline. Enjoy the coverstitch machine.

Handmade said...

Great dress, thanks for the links - I have just purchased a 2nd Hand Coverstitch - it's just not easy to remove your work from the machine - but I love the stitches it does - will work on tweaking my issues with it.

HeathersSphere said...

Your "coverstitch" dress looks stylish and comfy! It looks like you are tempting me towards getting a coverstitch machine...

Patty said...

What a pretty, summery dress. I've been thinking of adding a coverstitch machine to my studio...

MushyWear said...

This dress is beautiful and the solid color at the neckline was a brilliant choice. I am so glad you decided to keep your coverstitch machine. I use mine so often I can't imagine not having it now, and wondered how I ever got by without it :) PS: Thanks for the tutorial links. I'd like to check them out too.

Sister said...

Beautiful dress! I've thought about a coverstitch machine....though I didn't know what they were for, but after looking at your pictures enlarged I think I get it now! I'm just now using my serger, though, so I think I should take it slow...

Monique said...

I'm glad you kept your coverstitch machine and learned it too. Nothing like getting rid of something only to regret it later.
Girl you sure do appreciate a dress. I love dresses! Especially in the summer. More women should wear them. I also love the fact you love really indulge in colors and patterns. It' really fun isn't it?!

Mohammad Salauddin said...

What a great outfit! I love your fabrics choice, beautiful color and how creative for the quick top to match...can you say talented!
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Fabrics USA Inc. said...

What a great work. i am just surprised of your work. thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

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