Our lovely friend Sarah who we introduced you to keeps stitching up so many wonderful things we felt we had to share another one of her makes with you. We feel so fortunate to have met so many fun, creative, and inspiring people through our sewing adventures and hope you enjoy meeting them too!
Take it away, Sarah:
Who doesn’t love a comfy knit dress? In my opinion there is no better way to leave the house looking perfectly put together while feeling like you’re still wearing your pajamas. And when made up in a cozy sweater knit and worn with tights, a knit dress can keep you (relatively) warm when New England winter settles in. And settle in, it has.
I ordered this cozy knit from Mood (now sold out) months ago with no real plan in mind, but making up the Sewaholic Renfrew in dress form had been on my list for a long while (really since I saw this cute version Andrea posted nearly a year ago!). Then, when fellow Crafty Fox and lovely friend Ping started showing up in her amazing Lady Skater dresses (here and here..that floral! gahhhh!), I just had to have one of those too. Enter the Lady Skater-Renfrew hybrid.
I went with a simple Lady Skater–Renfrew mash-up, using the Renfrew top and cowl neck and grading down at the waist to match the skirt portion of the Lady Skater pattern. I added an inch to the length of the bodice and two inches to the skirt length, and she still came out a little shorter than I would like. Nevertheless, this Lady has been seeing a lot of wear, both around town and to work. It is easy to throw on, cozy, comfortable, and washes up like a champ. Boom! I think I’ll make a few more.
Of course, many have already shouted praises for both of these patterns, and I could not agree more. The fabric here is very stable and not too stretchy, making it a breeze to work with. All the sewing was done on my regular machine, and the skirt and sleeve hems were simply turned under once and stitched with a twin needle. Such a quick and easy dress to make!
PS: If you live in the Boston area and want to learn to sew with knits, the incomparable Katy will be teaching a class at Grey’s Fabric and Notions this month. She helped me overcome my fear of sewing with knits about a year ago, and I will never look back.