A while ago, in an attempt to practice sewing with knits, I made a striped knit top from Butterick 7762. To say that the process was exhausting and fraught with frustration is an understatement. The black and white striped knit slipped and slid everywhere and seem to grow to gargantuan proportions.
Fast forward to this week where I snapped up this gorgeous pea green knit for $5/metre. Now I know that green isn't one of my colours for my fall palette; however, fantastic sale fabric requires flexibility! LOL! This knit is lovely and thicker than the striped one. I had been wanting to make a Macaron with a knit yoke ever since I saw Patty the Snugbug's version. I was originally planning to make the dress with a knit yoke only, but since my success with my knit Simplicity 3673, I was feeling adventurous!
This gorgeous pea green begged me to be a dress. While I loved the striped knit fabric, I didn't love it as the tunic, so I sacrificed the tunic in the interest of a great fall dress. Unfortunately, despite my creative cutting, there simply wasn't enough fabric to match my stripes - boo! I did, however, recycle the sleeves intact, including the cool chevron effect on the top.
As with all Colette Patterns, this dress went together like a dream! From tracing, to cutting, to sewing, the entire process took me 3 hours. Fantastic! I treated the knit fabric as I would a woven, adding all the darts and pleats the pattern requires.
Much like my knit Simplicity dress, this one feels as though I were wearing pajamas - so comfortable! I chose to make the sleeves elbow length to give it a bit more versatility. Paired with tights and boots, I am nice and toasty in our now cool fall weather. My fun spotted scarf was a fantastic find at $2!
I am entering this dress into Stitched in Color's Celebrate Color contest for October. Wish me luck!