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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Simplicity 1716 - The Second Time Around - A Sweater Knit

I couldn't resist.  I had to have this dress in this fabric.  When I purchased this Fabric at Jo Ann Fabrics, on clearance, I imagined a long sleeve, midi-length, cowl neck sweater dress.  Once I completed the first version of this pattern, I knew that I wanted a second one...just like this!
Sweater knits are in a league all their own, in my opinion.  I am disappointed that I have not sewn more with them during these (I say these for it is yet applicable) colder months but all hope is not lost.  I have a few light sweater knits, in stash, that I would wear in the Spring/Summer.   
This fabric is quite interesting.  It's a combination of textures and right off the bolt is rather shapeless and "bouncy" due to the severe amount of stretch.   I'd say it's  kind of 'floggidy' - a household word meaning "all over the place".   I must admit - it was far from a pleasure to stitch.  The moment I cut into it - it began shedding.  Stitching across textures resulted in some parts feeding well and other parts...not so much, not to mention the fraying and unraveling that was going on.  The flip-side?  What it lacked in all of these has more than made up for in touch and feel!  Soft, soft, soft...just fabulous!
Unlike the first version, I cut the back into two pieces.  I like the fit much better.  I lengthened it by about 3" and did not include a lining.  No ironing either.  After my experience hemming the sleeves (same issues with fabric feed), I decided on an "organic" finish for the "hem".  I cut and shaped the bottom of the dress as best I could and left it alone. 

Well there you have it.  Two new easy to make dresses!  I'm delighted and a pleasantly surprised at how they both turned out.  This is a GREAT pattern!  I highly recommend it for it's simplicity, ease of sewing and overall FABULOUS FACTOR!
Until next time...PEACE AND BLESSINGS!