By: Raven Maureen
Hello everybody! Today I'm guest blogging here at fabric.com. I'm going to show you how to use double brushed knit and make the perfect dress to transition perfectly into Fall. I love this dress to wear under a denim jacket with ankle boots or paired with stockings. The great part is that it's also easy to hack! You can also extend the sleeve length on the pattern to make it long sleeve or extend the skirt length for additional coverage. Here are some supplies that you'll need:
Here's what you'll need:
- Lucida dress pattern from Friday Pattern Company
- 3-5 yards of double brushed knit - (I used this Watercolor Strawberries print by Marketa Stengl )
- Ball point needle
- Strap looper
- Thread snips
- Matching thread
- Rotary cutter
- Walking foot
- Chalk or a fabric marker
First, I have a few tips to share that are specific to working with knits:
A walking foot and a ball point needle will be critical with this project. Because this is a knit fabric, a walking foot will help keep your fabric in place as you sew your garment. A ball point needle has a rounded tip that helps the needle pass through the fabric.
You'll also want to consider using a narrow zig-zag stitch length. This will look like a lightning bolt stitch. This allows the fabric to stretch without the stitches breaking as you wear your new dress!
If you have a serger or a coverstitch machine then that will work perfectly for this project as well!
Let's get started!
Pre-wash your fabric. You'll want to make sure that you wash and dry your fabric as you would like to launder your fabric in the future.
Using a rotary cutter, cut out all of your pattern pieces.
Sew together your ties using a zig-zag stitch. Be sure to trim your seam allowance in half and use a strap looper to turn them right side out.
Next, right sides together, sew your sleeves.
Right sides together, sew your front and back skirt pieces.
Following the directions in the pattern, sew your outer and lining shirt pieces like this, leaving the center front open.
Turn your shirt right side out and trace your markings from the pattern onto the lining piece. And stitch down all three lines.
Using a bodkin or a safety pin, feed your straps through the front of your bodice.
Hem your bodice back neckline. Then sew together at your shoulder and side seams.
Sew in your sleeves!
Attach your bodice to your skirt.