Added Jul 11, 2010
by Erin E
This is the first time I’ve ever worked with knit and I was surprised at how easy it was. I have heard mixed reviews about the material and I’ve noticed that most people either hate it or love it. I think I kind of love it. You don’t have to be precise when it comes to fit because the stretch is so forgiving.
I surprised myself at how quickly this came together. From cutting out the pieces to sewing the hem, I spent about 7 hours making this dress. The pattern is Simplicity 2998 and I used my walking foot to eliminate any unwanted stretch while sewing and because I didn’t have any thread that matched the blue I used a contrasting dark grey that actually blends in very nicely!
Before I started I had read online that the dress pattern was very short, so I added about 8″ when cutting out the pieces, but I actually ended up cutting off 6″ of that. Not sure what happened with my measuring there, but it turned out good because I had cut the neck and armhole trims across grain instead of with grain so they weren’t stretching far enough. I was able to use what I lopped off the skirt to make new pieces for the neck and arms. That resulted in two seams showing in the neck binding, but it doesn’t look too bad.
I was going to make the dress with pockets, but yet again made the whole dress and forgot to add them! Sigh… so I ripped out the seams just where I wanted the pocket, slipped the pocket through the holes, and sewed up the seams again. Love it! Later on I may go through the trouble of adding the second one, but for now I’m trying out just the one to see if I like it.
This dress is super comfortable! The perfect summer piece to just slip on and go!
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