This is my fourth Fielder Dress from Merchant and Mills, this time in Ponte. I find it a really flexible pattern in terms of fabric. So far I’ve made it in: viscose flannel; stretch cotton sateen; stretch denim and now the Ponte.
This Ponte has quite a lot of horizontal stretch and only little vertical. Still, I didn’t take enough account of the vertical stretch and the pockets are a little low, but not disastrously so!
Zipped welt pockets
On the first Fielder when I included the side seam pockets, they gaped and I removed them. Since that one I now always add these zipped welt pockets. They are made from black linen scraps. I really enjoy adding these on. I used to make bags and I use the same technique that I used on them for interior zipped slip pockets.
The pattern also comes with a crew neck top, and I used that neckline because I prefer that in winter.
Stretch blind hem
I’ve been experimenting with the blind hem foot and stitch on my sewing machine lately. And for the hem on this I used the stretch blind-hem stitch with a normal needle. To me it looks like it did a really great job! So satisfying to master something new.
I used bought ribbing for the neckline and cuffs, which I cut to size.
My measurements put me at 20-22 in this pattern and I went with 22. I also added 1/2” to the side seam. This is because I hate when you sit down in a straight dress and it all bunches up. Mind you in this stretch Ponte, I could have gone down a size or two, but I’m happy with it. And it is sooooo comfy.
I got the beautiful Ponte and the ribbing from local Irish supplier, Maeve at http://www.dressfabrics.ie
There are more details about pattern alterations and sewing details of the Fielder in my first blog about this pattern.