After what has seemed like months of unseasonably cold weather in Charleston, the (warm) sun has finally started to come out. And with that comes warm weather dresses!  

With a slew of events coming up (Spoleto, anyone?), I needed a quick wardrobe fix. Many of you may remember my LBD post from a few months back, a sleeveless, ponte knit pullover dress with side ruching, a la Vogue V1314. Seeing that this dress is such a quick sew and that I had a 2-yard cut of ivory ponte calling my name from my fabric shelf, I couldn't resist whipping this up over the last couple of days. My pattern review can be found here.

(Apologies in advance to those who see me out and about in the next few weeks, as you will be seeing this dress several times. Unless, of course, I find time to make another new spring/summer dress this weekend...)

PictureI will not fear you, Juno.
What makes this project worthy of a blog shout-out, however, is the fact that after many, many years of sewing--and sewing knits, I might add--and two years of staring, intimidated, at my serger (Juno by Janome,3434D) collecting dust on the shelf, I have finally started to conquer my fear of the overlock.

What the heck is a serger? Well, I am so glad you asked. 

A serger, or "overlock" machine, sews fabrics just like a regular sewing machine. But unlike a regular machine, a serger can sew, trim, and finish edges all in one step! Not only does it save time in construction and finishing thanks to it's functions, a serger also actually stitches faster than your average sewing machine and does not require backstitching.

To put that in more tangible terms--constructing (i.e., sewing together) the pieces my ivory V1314 dress would have taken about 1.5-2 hours between the stitching, seam trimming, and edge finishing. With my serger, construction took about 30 minutes.

Timesaving is a major perk, but it is hardly the kicker. A serger also allows for cleaner, more professional-looking finshed edges, and it stabilizes knits while allowing them to stretch.

All of this adds up to happy home sewing. La la la la la di da!

Example of a 4-thread overlock.
So... back to my dress.

This ivory version of V1314 is officially my first serger-constructed knit garment, and I am so pleased with the results.

I'm totally hooked.

Juno, you're my new friend, and I'm so sorry for keeping you on the shelf for so long!
*Special thanks to Heather Rose from the Charleston Garment Manufactory for encouraging me to take my serger off the shelf and put it to use!


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