I had always used my trusty old 1960's Lemair machine, however it skipped stitches and looked a mess. I was using the correct needle, but the results were terrible. When my Mum gave me her 1976 Bernina 807 I decided to give knits another try. And it worked! No skipped stitches or breaking stitches, happy days! I even used a double needle for the hem with no dramas!
I had this lovely red organic cotton jersey in my stash which was just asking to be a Christmas dress! I found this free pattern online by So Sew Easy, which promised to be simple, and it was!
I didn't make a muslin, so the fit is not perfect. I would have liked the shoulders to be slightly wider, but other than that I am happy with it. I didn't have to add length to the bodice, which is unusual for me. If you're not tall or don't have a long body you may need to shorten it. I did add length to the skirt (standard!).
To dress it up a little I added some vintage sequin trim from Nona's stash. It's actually a dark brown, but looks black from a distance.
Friends on Instagram had been telling me how easy sewing with knits was, and they were right. I just needed a machine that could handle them!
|Photos c/o my wonderful Husband|