Behold, I have sewn a knit stripe dress! Which is nothing new for me, except that actually the length and silhouette are a bit outside my comfort zone!
This is a Closet Case Patterns Nettie dress, inspired by Helen’s Closet’s recent striped Nettie. I’d dared her to try the pattern a few years ago, and she’d been surprised to realised she felt great in something form-fitting… and then when I was on the Love to Sew podcast, I dared Helen’s cohost Caroline to sew something with a defined waist. (They dared me to sew a coat, which I’ve totally punked out of!) It got me thinking though, that I don’t sew much with a fitted waist anymore, and I certainly don’t wear form-fitting clothes. I’m definitely self-conscious of my round belly, so I guess I just drifted away from those styles.
But what better time to challenge my comfort zone than a Sewcialists theme month? I used a textured polyester doubleknit that had been passed on to me by my friend Sarah– Thank you, Sarah! I added some width to the hips of a size 20 to sitting ease, cut down the shoulders for a tank-top shape, and extended the hem. The result is a dress that is perfect for layering with all the winter sweaters I keep sewing! I’m also excited to try it with a shirt overtop, so it acts like a skirt.
The fabric is perfect for this style – enough body to hang nicely, but enough stretch to be secret pyjamas!
Oh, and the sweater? That’s new too! It’s made with the most scrumptious rayon/cotton/modal sweater knit in Oxblood from Spool and Spindle. I’m already checking out all the other colours! This is the same Concord tee hack that I did in the summer, copying a RTW sweater that I love. I also did a post on easy ways to make a cardigan from a t-shirt pattern, if you want more instruction!
I wore this outfit today, and I’ll be honest – I want to wear it again tomorrow! I really love the combination of drapey sweater with semi-fitted dress. Maybe there will be more of these in my future!
If you want to see how deep my love of knit stripes goes, then check out my “Ode To Stripes” post on the Sewcialists blog! (Spoilers: Even I was surprised how many knit stripes I’ve sewn!) And in the mean time, are you planning to sew any stripes for #SewStripes Month??