Floral Date Night Dress & High-Low Hem Tutorial

 

I am so excited to share my Nettie x Moneta floral date night dress. I am so in love with this gorgeous mash up and fabric combination. I finished it just in time to wear it out on a date night for our anniversary last week. It is so comfortable and easy to wear and something I could definitely dress up or down.

I was sent this absolutely beautiful fabric and the Nettie Bodysuit / Dress pattern by Jen from Fawn Fabrics. I knew they would be an amazing combination. Initially I did want to just make the bodysuit, but once the fabric arrived I knew I needed to make something a little bit more special to show off the beautiful floral design.

I decided to use the top half of the Nettie and add on the skirt from the Moneta. All I did was work out where I wanted the bodice section to stop (my natural waist) and cut the Nettie off there. For me this ended being the lengthen / shorten line.

The Nettie has so many different neck line combinations. I decided on the low back and scooped neck. I love the end result but oh my gosh, that was a lot of neckband to sew. I am the first to admit I am not great at neckbands (I’ve read all the amazing tips!) I will get there eventually the more I do. I also had this problem with lining up my invisible zips once and then one day it just clicked! I ended up redoing this one I think 4 times.

I also cut the front piece the wrong way (using the armhole as the neckline) so I did have to recut that piece. This is what happens when there are so many scoops!

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to gather or pleat the skirt. I was going to pleat it to show off the pattern but actually when I held it up the gathers worked perfectly.

If you’ve been following me for a while you will know I love a good high-low hem. I find them really flattering on me as I am so short and I often get asked how I do them! I thought I’d show you my process today. This is not anything fancy and probably not the ‘proper’ way to do them, but this is the way I like to cut them.

Overall I am so pleased with this dress! Scroll down for the ‘tutorial’ x

 

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HIGH-LOW HEM TUTORIAL

I don’t cut my hem until after I’ve finished the dress. I know this may seem like a waste of fabric but this way I get a feel for what will work best for each garment.

Start by putting the dress / skirt on. You may like to try it on with a few of the shoes you might wear it with.

(It is handy if you have someone helping you for this step) You want to grab the front of the skirt / dress and work out where you want it to sit (keeping in mind you will need to turn your hems up) For this dress I actually didn’t have a large high-low hem. It is different depending on the garment which is why I like to do this with the dress finished.

Once you have it the right length you want to roughly pin it in place. Make sure you stand up straight at this point to ensure it is sitting where you want it.

At this point I take the dress / skirt off and use my mannequin. If you don’t have one, try hanging the skirt up so you can cut the hem. I like being able to see the drape and work with the fabric that way.

Take your pins and neaten your pinning, making sure the hems are even (use a tape measure to measure from the waist down) I like to make sure I am tapering the skirt evenly at the sides to line up with the back hem.

Now the scary bit – actually cutting into the fabric! I ‘go inside’ and cut along the hem line you have created by pinning. you will need to go back over this and neaten the cut. As you are tapering down towards the back hem you may need to round this off slightly. This is the benefit of having it hanging on the mannequin you can see exactly how the hem will hang when it is on you.

*CONFESSION* – I haven’t actually hemmed this dress yet (or hemmed the sleeves) I’m not actually sure I want to top stitch it so I might end up just hand hemming. But this material doesn’t fray so for not that is how it will stay (which is very unlike me!)

4 Comments

  1. February 8, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    This dress is really lovely! And the details are perfect! Beautiful!

    • jessicalorraine
      February 11, 2018 / 8:26 am

      Thank you very much I am so pleased with how it turned out x

  2. stitchadress
    February 22, 2018 / 1:57 am

    #in slow motion# Your gown is BEAUTIFUL!!!!I love the low back neck design and the neck band is so perfect I can’t even do mine that well will get there some day. Did anyone take you you’ve got a great body?

    http://www.stitchadress.blogspot.com

    • jessicalorraine
      February 24, 2018 / 8:30 pm

      Aww thank you so much! This was unpicked and redone 4 times so far from perfect – but I am so happy with how it turned out. You are too kind x

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