Monday, May 24, 2010

Super Simple Knit Dress

Summer Comfort! Lightweight jersey in a beautiful border print.
Gorgeous Fabrics, Sold Out, Sorry! :(

The pattern called for a woven, but it was exactly what I needed to spotlight this awesome border print and gradation of blue from light to dark.  So, I cut it a size smaller (pretty close to perfect), eliminated the zipper and added ties (now perfect fit)!
The shoulder gather keep it from being too boring, and the facings (oops, forgot to interface them) are only slightly painful.  I edgestitched the SA to the facing, but they still wanted to peek out, so I had to topstitch, too.
I placed the pattern pieced crosswise so the border fell at the hem, and made sure that the center front landed on the middle of the print repeat.  Matched up the print at the sides, too.
Slightly sideways, thanks to the 6 yr old photographer, but you can see the ties I added and how the border ends at the hem.  I used Steam a Seam there, which I love when hemming knits.

This was super easy, I cut it out Saturday morning (before my lesson with M), and stitched up that night after the kids went to bed.  I used nearly of the 2 yards that I bought, and plan on making it again.  I'll remove the ties and have a wonderfully comfortable nightshirt.  I wore it out to run a couple errands today, and just never took it off, it's that comfortable!  Thankfully the flu disappeared as quickly as it arrived, so the Little Man was doing much better today than I expected.  I dropped off DH's lunch, hit the drive-thru at the bank, and got a carwash.  Then it was back home to Couchville for naptime.

The "funny of the day" happened when Little Miss Princess came off the school bus, ran up to me and said, "Mom, [Kid 1] and [Kid 2] said you look very pretty today.  Oh, Mr. Busdriver said, Your Mom sure is dressed up!"  Note to self: Wait for DH to play photographer next time!

30 comments:

Handmade said...

Knock out fabric! Clever clever you!

Angela said...

Fabulous dress!! Love the print!

Rose said...

This great dress looks so cool and comfy! You made great use of the fabulous fabric!

KID, MD said...

It looks awesome! The fabric is a total knockout and perfect for that simple design. You look great!!

Marybeth said...

Really pretty! Great job matching the print at the sides :)))

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great way to use that border print!!!

Bunny said...

Really great dress and just do comfy looking too. Borders are such fun. Super job.

Lori said...

Fantastic dress.

Julia said...

Love that dress! It is so comfy looking, but so pretty too! It looks great on you. Do you have trouble sewing with knits (stretching the fabric?). I don't sew with knits a lot, but would like to start.

Amanda S. said...

You look super cute! Love that border print, and border prints in general. Great job.

Patty said...

Love this! I am also making a knit dress with a border print.....worked on it last night and all I have is the hem. I think wearing these knits are as comfortable as a favorite pair of PJs! And the collection of them in my closet is growing :-)

b4thedoor.com said...

Nicely done with this border print and the side ties! Pretty! ~HLT

Lisa said...

Love it. Great job!

Michelle said...

OMG, GORGEOUS! That fabric is fantastic!!

beangirl said...

Whoo hoo! You look fab and that's a fab dress. Even the bus drivers are checking you out! ;-)

Faye Lewis said...

Easy breezy knit dress, wonderful!

Gail said...

You are so lucky. Border prints are so hard to find here.

Jenny said...

That's really beautiful and looks so easy for summer! I'm trying to decide on a pattern for a knit border print at the moment...

Sue said...

Well it looks like you have received very high praise from the kids and bus driver so 'nuff said!

Shannon said...

The border print is perfect for that dress. You look wonderful!

gwensews said...

Terrific dress! You placed the border in exactly the perfect place. Nice sewing!

Omega said...

Really cute dress, love the border print!

Summerset said...

That's a perfect summer dress - stylish and the print is perfectly used!

Lisette M said...

All you need for a simple dress is a gorgeous fabric! You look fab!

Jos said...

Fabulous dress!!

Karin said...

Gosh you've lost a lot of weight! A dress like this really shows it off. I love border prints. You look great.

Dawn said...

Look at Skinny Minnie! You look great in that dress!

amber said...

That is a really great pattern to show off the fabric. Nicely done!

Kuby said...

I know this is a year old. I read your review of this pattern and now I just hafta get it. It looks wonderful on you. Thanks for posting about itl

Meigan said...

Lovely dress and fabric. I had been thinking of making this pattern with a knit and I'm glad to hear that you had success!