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 areas...it 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!