Finishing Techniques For Knit Garments. Plus, Sneak Peek!

McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.

Happy Friday! Here’s a sneak peek of a new McCall’s pattern I just love. It’s a Plenty by Tracy Reese dress pattern and it will be available very soon, along with the rest of the new Fall collection for McCall’s. The reason I’m sharing it here is one, it’s really cute and flattering. Two, the torso is lined with power mesh (tricot)—love this idea!

Here’s the original designer dress turned inside out. The fabric is a textured knit jacquard that’s ivory and black on the right side and solid black on the wrong side. See how there’s a neck facing attached to the black power-mesh lining on the bodice?

Detail photo of McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.

I have several knit dresses planned for my fall sewing and I want to borrow this finishing idea. I’m gravitating to the thought that a power mesh lining could help smooth things out, like a layer of lightweight Spanx. And finishing the edges with facings makes me happy, because I’m never really pleased with the knit bands I make at the neck and arm hole (they’re lumpy). So I am definitely going to borrow these two finishing techniques for the knit dresses I have planned.

Have you been using facings and power mesh/tricot linings on your knit garments, and I’m just really late to the party? Do tell. I think this concept works better on more stable knits, like ponte and double knits. Speaking of fabric, I went to my local Jo-Ann’s this past weekend to buy some craft supplies and ended up leaving with three cuts of knit fashion fabric, including this gray textured knit. Very pleased with my purchase.

Here are some more photos of this Plenty by Tracy Reese dress, because we know you like these kinds of detail shots. Coming next week: the new fall collections video. Stay tuned!

Detail photo of McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.
The bodice and the lining are serged or stitched together as one to the flared skirt.
Detail photo of McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.
Want, want, want this textured jacquard knit the designer used.
McCall's M7244 Plenty by Tracy Reese dress sewing pattern.
Gotta love a v-neck for a flattering line. We feature this dress in the soon-to-be-released fall collections video. It’s even cuter worn in real life.

Vogue Patterns V1447 Designer Dress in Downtown NYC

Vogue Patterns V1447 dress pattern by Tracy Reese.

Vogue Patterns V1447 dress pattern by Tracy Reese.

 

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This Tracy Reese dress for Vogue Patterns is the last of our summer on-location photo shoots. Can you believe our model Karen needed to return to her regular McCall’s job of art directing?! We shot these photos in the Chase Bank plaza across the street from our office. (Managed to get in a couple of shots before a security guard gave us dirty looks, forcing us to scurry away.)

Karen loves this dress pattern and we do too. The lace and the contrasting lining are a striking combination, especially when you make it in black like the designer did. You could sew it yourself in lace and mesh, or try it all in a lightweight brocade and not worry so much about the contrast lining. This is a great dress to wear to a wedding or summer special occasion.

To help you sew it, we took photos of the inside of it and posted them to our Pinterest board “Detail Photos: Vogue Patterns.” The inside is almost as pretty as the outside:

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Coming tomorrow: It’s Ebenezer Butterick’s birthday and we’re giving away stuff to help celebrate! Check back then…