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Made By a Fabricista: Warm and Cozy Sweater Dress

HI Fashionistas!

It's getting so cold and I plan on doing everything in my power to stay warm!

I am that person who is always cold.  So when I saw this sweater knit with a fleece backing, I was intrigued! I made this dress and have a little bit leftover that I am hoping to use for a top.

I used this fabric, which is a sweater knit that feels like fleece on the inside. It is very nice and warm. This is my 1st time sewing a sweater knit and I loved it. It is very forgiving as the texture hides and sewing mistakes :)

I made the sleeves super long so they can be pulled over the hands, something I do often in clothes I make (Don't you love how we can customize our clothes ?)


For the pattern, I used McCall's 6886 that I previously used HERE

Here is the back view:


And front:

LOVE the drape on the cowl.  It is self-lined, so super warm . I free-handed the cowl neck. It was very easy to do. I will be adding a tutorial on this on my blog soon.



You probably did not notice it yet, but the cowl neck is stand-alone

I really was opposed to doing this initially, but eventually decided to do it. I have been wanting to simplify and downsize my wardrobe, so having pieces that can mix and match to create more looks is key. Deciding to make the cowl separate allows me to wear both pieces many ways.

The black dress can be worn with many other scarves, and the chunky cowl can be added to other looks as  neck warmer.


I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I would love to sew with this fabric again! I highly recommend it. Let me know what y'all are working on. Love to hear about your sewing projects.

XOXO

Comments

  1. Lovely dress. I've adapted this pattern to make a similar sweater dress, though unfortunately my cowl is plenty smaller. Really like the idea of making the cowl separately.
    Lee

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  2. Ok now I have to buy a couple yards of this fabric! Super cute. I love the cowl.

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    1. Tiffany, I want to get some more too.. This is my favorite garment at the moment..

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  3. Love the cowl part - was thinking of doing the same thing on weekend project in red.

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  4. It's gorgeous! I watch a little bit of you scope when you were drafting the cowl. Great idea making it the way you did!

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    1. HI Linda! My experiment went flop so I just free handed the cowl by folding the fabric (a rectangle ) and putting it on and adjusting it until I was happy with it.

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  5. Great idea with the cowl. Dress looks fab.

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  6. I love this dress! I just discovered your blog! I am a beginner in sewing and really enjoy reading about all your sewing projects. You are so talented, and I love your style. Could you kindly provide for the fabric you used for this sweater dress? The link you provided doesn´t work. Thank you so much! Best wishes from Charlottesville! Rou

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