As many folk know, I'm that rare bird who prefers a paper pattern, but this dress IS a pdf. As mentioned above, there are a few things I can change up: I can hem or NOT hem at all, as knits are forgiving like that. I can roll the hem with a serger, use a cover stitch hem - or use a twin needle on my regular 'ole sewing machine. I do have a serger that can convert to a cover stitch, but I'm lazy (imagine that!) and often just use my twin needle. I really need to get better about that. In the case of both versions of this dress, this time around, I twin needled the sleeves, but I didn't hem the bottom, though I have done a rolled, serged hem, and that's lovely, too. Some people like to play it up by not doing a simple, rolled hem, but a fancier lettuce (read: wavy) rolled hem. When I use a twin needle or am in general sewing a knit, I lengthen the stitch to 3.0 and widen the stitch to 0.5 - the slightest of zigzags. This is in the case of topstitching, as I really do prefer to serge my knits when piecing.
Also, with this particular pattern, it's great with a jersey knit, a double knit (which is a little warmer) or perhaps a sweater knit (I should way try that next time!). I behaved and perused my stash of knits for fabric, and I found a Patty Young print from the Flora and Fauna line way back when - and then a lovely, thin knit I bought on Etsy at some point. I found my daughter still fit into a size 3, so, I just lengthened the sleeves and bottom hem almost an inch for longer wear time.
As for pictures, here we go!
|Such a silly girl!|
|This is her, saying, "I'm NOT tired!"|