Up next, and like a year later we got into knits and knit dresses. The spotted, red and pink dresses above are various views of the Hexham Dress and the long black dress with white checks is an Atrax Top & Hexham Dress mashup that has been lengthened.
My recent dress making has been back to my lovely woven fabrics! Gorgeous A+R pink linen got made into a Melba Dress, and this very structured gold fabric got a flounce added to its hem for this fishy Melba. My most recent dress was another Melba, this time in peachy seersucker fabric with a very gathered skirt added onto the bottom.
How fortunate for me that greyhounds not only don’t mind wearing clothes, but actually need to wear clothes because they have such low body fat! I’m imagining that you’ll likely see some matching outfits in our future (not just because I’ve got leftover jacket fabrics that are just enough for a greyhound coat)!
Fifey is matching my red Muna and Broad Hexham Dress in ribbed red knit from Backstreet Bargains. It’s quite stretchy so very comfie for both of us (and easy to put on over the snoot). Clearly, we needed a matching turtleneck too (for protection from the cold).
Not strictly necessary, but I did make a quick wool pom pom to add a winter twist, but he’s long enough that he noticed it in his peripheries after the photos and was quite keen to destroy it! I finished the bottom edge of his jacket with ChCh sews fold-over elastic, using the Kapunda Undies attachment method. I serged on the FOE (with the blade disengaged), pulling a lot more around the back of his jacket so that it curves around his bum and holds itself on a bit better.
Look at that model snout! I’ve also got velcro to sew on to the body to ensure that the jacket sits a bit more snug (and doesn’t slide off like it is in this picture), but we were on a bit of a time crunch yesterday so didn’t get everything finished (but we did make time for photos)!
What I’ve made here is View B with the cocoon hem, the long sleeves, and the T6 turtle cut into a mockneck (it’s half as high as a turtle). The Hexham Dress has 2 views, 3 sleeve lengths and 2 neck options (plus a mockneck).
The fabric I used from Backstreet Bargains in NZ is mostly sold out (there’s 1 metre left), and it’s a cotton knit with 5% spandex which feels quite silky and cool to the hand (almost like a bamboo). Bamboo would make a great Hexham too, but I didn’t manage to find the perfect shade of bamboo knit to make this dress in!
Size details: Leila came up with a fancy way for folks to choose their optimal turtleneck fit for our Tarlee T-Shirt. This inset method with multiple turtleneck size options continues with the Hexham Dress . I used the T6, which is the largest turtle option to make a mockneck (which is half the height of a turtleneck).
I made a Size E with a pivot adjustment for my narrow shoulders and hollow upper chest
Above, the wind wanted to show you my spotty bum. I like the almost optical illusion effect of these all over spots, and since I’m basically twinning with @naomi.joy.creates, I think there’ll likely be a twins photoshoot in our future!
This is my peak-summer dress and the pinkest Hexham Dress yet!
There are 2 views, 3 sleeve lengths and 2 neck options (3 if you could a mockneck as being separate from a turtleneck) included in the pattern. What I went with here is the crewneck option, the shortest sleeve and the View A, which has a full hem at the bottom.
The final yardage is 2.3 metres, but I bought 3 metres so that’ll be a lot of undies or maybe even a Banksia Bralette and matching undies.
The Hexham Dress is designed to be a season-flexible dress. This would work great in a cosy dress for winter (especially with a turtleneck and long-sleeves), but makes a great summer dress (like this one here). There’s this full hem view and also a cocoon view with is extra modern looking.
The sleeve is fitted (with negative ease) and contrasts with the ease through the body. Perfect for using with a variety of 2-way and 4-way stretch knits, the Hexham will work great in merino, bamboo, and cotton jerseys. Personally, I love the comfort that comes with some extra spandex and great recovery so basically always look for things described as ‘4-way stretch’ when shopping online.
Clearly, I needed a Very Bright Pink version of the Hexham, and the other day I put this on while I was still wearing wide-leg pants and I was really into the silhouette, so you can expect to see that combo popping up on instagram in the future!
The Hexham is a dress with options! For this one, I used the Turtleneck (T6), the longest sleeve, and View B (the cocoon option).
Fabric & consumption The pattern calls for 2.3m of 150cm at my size. That’s pretty accurate but you will have bits leftover if you’re making the crewneck version or the short sleeves (excellent if you’ve got fabric which would make great undies)! This fabric is a heavy ribbed poly/rayon/spandex which has 2 way stretch (it wouldn’t make good undies though). Because it doesn’t stretch downwards, the fabric does a good job of maintaining the shape of the cocoon hem.
I’ve got a few more versions that I’ve made of this very-versatile-dress which I’ll share over the week!