Monday, November 20, 2017

Ottobre Jazzy Look Dress

Ottobre 5/2015-20
Jazzy Look Dress

This was the perfect dress to get to know my new Brother 3550 Cover Stitch machine!  Where the angles meet, I removed my fabric and then started stitching again in the other direction, overlapping stitches.

There is a whole lot of cover stitching going on, accomplished by first seaming with a straight stitch, trimming the s/a and then cover stitching.  The only place this gave me a problem was at the top of the raglan seams.  The angle created where the top of the neckline is seamed for some reason got me hung up with my machine at that point.  I'm sure this is due to my inexperience at cover stitching.  However, I'd like to add that it is very easy to pull this cover stitch seam out.  I did it twice ha ha.  I'm extremely impressed with this machine's ability to go over thick seams without skipping or uneven stitches.  The hemline cover stitch goes over the front and back dress seams, which in all is 4 layers of fabric--awesome!

Alterations:  1/2" swayback adjustment
Shortened 1" above the waist
Shortened 3" below the waist

I made this in a size 38.  The only mistake I made was to use a woven interfacing instead of a knit around the neckline.  It turned out okay, but it could have been better. An hem allowance is at the top of the front, back and raglan sleeves, all which are turned under and cover stitched. 

Nice big pockets! The pocket piece is basted onto the dress first.  I used this basting stitch to guide me as I cover stitched around.

I really like this dress!  It's different from my normal style, but I think it will be fun to wear this winter.  I'm wearing my Ottobre leggings made here.

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley


  1. Cute dress. Looks like a great job with the coverstitch machine!

    1. Thank you Linda! I love cover stitching now. It opens up so many more possibilities with my sewing!

  2. This is gorgeous! I absolutely love what you’ve done on your covers stitch machine, it looks amazing.

    1. Thank you! Once I got past those pockets, it sewed up pretty quickly.

  3. What a pretty dress! It looks lovely on you! Mistake? I think it's a perfect work. I've never used a cover Stitch machine but would like to get one😻

    1. Thank you Eli! I absolutely love my cover stitch machine. I use to have a Janome 900, but it was just 2 needles. This Brother 3550 has 3 needles plus the top cover stitch feature. It's so much fun! I want to top cover stitch everything now. LOL


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