It’s been a while, yeah? Between a busy teaching quarter, broken sewing machine, and a newfound obsession with knitting, I haven’t been sewing as much as usual. Which isn’t to say I haven’t been sewing (there will be several upcoming posts of my past garments), it’s just slowed down a bit. It’s actually a little ironic, since I made a loose “resolution” to not purchase any clothing that I could sew (which is *almost* everything) for the year.
Anyhow, for my winter work attire, I thought some sweater dresses would be useful. I absolutely fell in L<3VE with these jacquard sweater knits from Hamburger Liebe (navy & pumpkin and wine & pink fabric, purchased at L’oiseau Fabrics) and a skater dress felt like a good way to showcase them. Both fabric are the same type of knit and both are thick and lovely, with good drape but not too heavy. They wash beautifully, too!
I made the navy & pumpkin one first. It works well with tights and boots, and I have a cropped cardigan that I wear when it’s chilly (which is always in my teaching lab).
Here’s a closer view of the fabric. Isn’t that pattern the best? And the colors? Faves.
Both dresses were sewn using the same pattern, a personalized version of the Bronx dress
. I’ve used this pattern a ton and just love the simple, yet flattering shape of the fit and flare. It’s pretty ideal for work and non-work.
The second version feels a little “flashier” with the bold herringbone geometric, but I love it just the same.
I did my best to match up the vertical lines at the waist seam, but the same is curved on the skirt, so it’s a bit sketchy toward the side seams.
Since the hems aren’t really stretched much when wearing, I went ahead and sewed a straight stitch, which worked just fine. I definitely didn’t feel like busting out my coverstitch machine for these quick projects.
While the fabric has some stretch, it’s not quite enough to use like a rib knit, so I topstitched the neck band, to ensure it would lay flat.
Alas, no pockets on either dress. They are definitely missed, but it would just be way too bulky/ lumpy. Trade-offs!