Have you heard of Seamwork magazine?
I subscribe and I love it! You basically pay a monthly fee of $6 (approx £4.60) and in return you get a monthly magazine and 2 pattern credits where you can download 2 patterns of choice from their range per month, bargain!!
The patterns that I have made so far are great, the instructions are very clear and the patterns have made up really well (as you would expect from a Colette related company).
Most of the patterns are quite simple and it gives you an idea of how long they take to make in the instructions.
I had some amazing Liberty of London jersey in my stash that I got from my local Abakan store, the pattern and colours are perfect for autumn and its such amazing quality! I only has 1m though and the Seamwork Mesa Dress pattern asked for a little over that, but I found that I had enough, yay!!
I cut out all of the pattern pieces the night before as I wanted to see if it took me the approximate 1 hour suggested to actually sew.
The pattern is made up of dress front and back, sleeves and a neck band, there are no darts or zips to sew, so its super simple!
Most people tend to use an overlocker when sewing jersey, but I actually prefer sewing with a standard machine and a walking foot, I just don't feel like I have control when using the overlocker, you just need to use a zig zag stitch to ensure the seams have stretch (the pattern instructs to use stitch width 0.5 and length 2.5 which worked perfectly).
One tip is that when sewing the hems (using a twin needle) place a piece of paper underneath, this stops skipped stitches (they are so frustrating!) you can simply tear the paper off afterwards.
So did I do it within the hour?.....
Very nearly! It took 1 hour and 7 minutes to be exact!! Pretty good going I recon!
The dress is super comfortable, easy to make, and inexpensive as it doesn't use up much fabric, so all in all I love the Seamwork Mesa dress!
I've also been getting in the autumn/fall spirit with my embroidery, how amazing is this stag piece!