The big reveal:
Overall, I thought the pattern was pretty easy! I liked the collar on the knit dress. You don't see collars in knit too often. (Makes me want to explore making knit tops with collars!) I was really glad I made a muslin because there were a few things that I needed to address. The bodice needed to be cut smaller than the skirt and the back neckline needed to be smaller. I also made the sleeves thinner.
The tab on the sleeve was really clever. Another feature you would not expect in a knit garment. In fact, I have at least three woven RTW blouses in my closet that have this feature.
I wasn't sure if I would like pockets in the dress, because a few years ago I made a dress with pockets similar to this and didn't like the way it looked. But I think these sit far enough back that it wasn't a problem. I used a heavier fabric for my muslin and the pockets don't sit as nicely. So I think fabric choice also has a lot to do with it too.
I decided not to make the belt that came with the dress. I made it and did not like the way it looked. Because the fabric is already busy, the belt just blended in I plan on making a solid black knit belt to go with this dress, but didn't have any black knit at the moment! But in the meantime, I used a thin belt from my closet.
I took the dress for a test drive soon after finishing it and did notice the gaping neckline as the day went on. I don't know if it was just because of wear or the fact that I was conscious about keeping it in place, that I ended up stretching it. I think I may tack the front piece in place so that I don't have this problem in the future! If I make the dress again, I also think I may try some Seams Right (which I mentioned using in the shoulder seams) along the facing to help hold it in place. Anyone else have a suggestion on this? Seems like it is an inevitable thing...
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Who's ready to win a $50 gift certificate to Fabric Mart!?!?!
Well get those dresses finished and take some photos of the completed dress! Blogging about it is definitely encouraged, but not required! And don't forget to add the Reader's Pick Sew-Along widget to your page! (See widget along the right side bar.) To enter the giveaway, email me [fabricmartblog (a) gmail.com] a photo of the finished dress by Wednesday, May 7th. I will post everyone's finished dresses on Thursday, May 8th. Then at random, select a winner of a $50 gift certificate for FabricMartFabrics.com. To be considered, your dress must have been made during the sew-along and be completed.
If you have photos of your progress or would like to share your dress before the big reveal, you can definitely post photos on our Flickr page! I can't wait to see what everyone else's dress looks like!!