One Pocket Wonder Dress

Added Jul 11, 2010

by Erin E

Seattle, Washing...

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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!

See my blog post!

Material Notes

Double knit

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Summer
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Casual
Material
Knits/Jersey

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    Jul 12, 2010, 07.45 AMby keren

    cool – 13$! My machine is a Bernina Activa 240 – a new walking foot costs in my country an equivalent of 100$ O_O

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    Jul 12, 2010, 06.23 AMby keren

    Oh, a double knit. I think I know what you mean. It must be fun to have a walking foot! I was going to get one but it is SO expensive.

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      Jul 12, 2010, 07.27 AMby Erin E

      I found mine on ebay for $13 that fit my machine. It was a little pricey, but definitely worth it! I bought it for quilting, but it’s been really nice for unruly fabric, too.

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    Jul 12, 2010, 03.46 AMby keren

    Sweet dress and great job on your first knit! Working with knits can be annoying if they are slippery and run off in every direction. They’re not as easy to cut and to keep from becoming misaligned while sewing. I do not enjoy sewing knits on a regular sewing machine – there’s nothing like making the seam using a 4 thread overlock (serger)! I still tend to prefer nice crisp fabrics rather than knits, and that’s what I am working on for now… But of course knits have their up-sides! :-)

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      Jul 12, 2010, 05.10 AMby Erin E

      I think it helped that it was a double knit, so it was fairly sturdy and using the walking foot really helped keep it from stretching out. Although, even though I managed to do well with this dress, I have some slippery jersey that I’m still too nervous to work with!

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