Sunday, July 8, 2012

A sack and my first knits!

I finished this dress (New Look 6803) back in May but haven't worn it yet because I'm still searching for the right belt. It most definitely needs a belt, as otherwise it is a shapeless sack. This is because somehow I managed to cut out the wrong view (View C instead of View A) and, not wanting to make a tunic dress, I just kept the neckline intact instead of slicing it down the middle to make the tunic.  I was very disappointed because View A has such a cute neckline! In these pictures it even looks like a hospital gown. I assure you that the fabric is cute though, it's a gray swiss dot. It will be great for the fall/winter paired with a cardigan and tights, but for now I'm struggling. I'm thinking I need a medium to thick width belt, worn around my natural waist. Any other suggestions?


Now on to happier topics. During this round of sewing classes, we chose to work with knits. Having never sewed with knits before, I was a little hesitant, but my sewing teacher said I would have no problem using my sewing machine and not have to resort to using a serger.

Then I realized that I already had a knit dress pattern, New Look 2618. Most likely I had it because I liked the dress and didn't realize that it was meant to be sewn with knits. Oops! My teacher recommended Sophia knits, which thankfully were reasonably priced on I chose a cheaper knit to sew up my muslin.

After checking out the measurements and the amount of ease in the garment, I ended up cutting out a size 10, four sizes smaller than the pattern suggests for someone of my measurements. There is a ton of ease in this thing. I used a zig zag stitch with a .5 width and 2.5 length and had absolutely no problems sewing together my muslin even though my machine doesn't have a dial to change the presser foot pressure. The other great news is that my muslin fit pretty much perfectly! Yes, I realize I didn't match up the print, but I'm ok wearing this dress anyway.


Then I cut out the pattern using my nice knit fabric. This stuff is thick! In real life, the fabric is a nice and rich wine color, which is going to be great for the fall. I think the fabric is a bit too heavy to wear in the dead of summer, but it will be perfect come September and even into the winter if I pair it with a cardigan.


I think this is it for me with this pattern though, mainly because I am not fond of the seam hitting at the widest part of my belly. Also, the neckline calls for a facing and I'm not crazy about how this looks with the thicker knit.

Still, I loved sewing with knits! Who knew it could be so easy? When I ordered this fabric I also ordered some knit fabric in Jay McCarroll's Germania line to finally make a Renfrew. Hopefully that will come together just as easily!


  1. Ooh, your knit dresses look so cute! If you like the knit pattern, you could modify it so the seam hits higher. It really is a cute neckline, and that wine color is gorgeous!

    For the Swiss dot dress, I wonder if you could add a collar to it. I bet it would be super cute with a Peter Pan collar!

    1. Oooh good idea about the Peter Pan collar!

  2. Sorry I don't have any good suggestions for your 1st dress. I'm fashion challenged. Your knit dress is so cute! did you use any special threads when sewing with knits? I just bought some to try and sew a dress for my daughter.

    1. Thanks! I just used regular old thread to sew the knit dresses. I tried out a few lenghts/widths of the zig zag stitch on scraps before I started sewing to make sure you couldn't see the stitches when you spread the fabric apart. The 2.5 length and .5 width zig zag stitch worked out perfectly. I had no gaps or puckering at all! It really was that easy.

    2. Thanks! I used regular old thread to sew the knit dresses. I tried out a few different lengths/widths of the zig zag stitch on scraps before I started sewing sewing the actual dress to make sure I didn't have any gaps or puckering. The 2.5 length and .5 width turned out to be perfect. It really was that easy!


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