I first saw this dress made in a black knit fabric by Liza Jane and this is her version. I really liked the design of the dolman sleeves, multi-panels and bag pockets and knew that I had to make it myself.
I could not resist this wool jersey/viscose blend knit fabric which drapes beautifully. This was more than I usually pay for a knit fabric but the quality is super and I love the multi-colour print (there is some purple but you can barely see it in the photo). It is lightweight and quite a fine knit but it was a dream to sew (that’s right, a knit that sews like a dream)! I took care in matching up the print of the two front side panels and the back panels especially as I wanted the pockets to match.
There are 7 panels to this dress and the side panels are long and folded to create the pockets. The side panels could also be made in a contrasting colour – black would create a slimming effect. The beauty of this dress is that it can be made in either a knit or woven fabric. As I am a knit lover, it was an easy decision to make!
This dress was a joy to make although I did have to take care in aligning the pockets. The back has a keyhole opening and hook/eye at the top. I cut a medium size and had to take it in especially at the back. I omitted the hem split, understitched the front and back neck facings to keep them in place and did a blind hem stitch by hand as the fabric is rather fine for a knit.
The shape of this dress is quite fitted and looks smart and that makes this sewing pattern special as it is designed for knit fabrics. This is my favourite dress sewing pattern so far and I am sure that I will make another one or two!
Do you prefer to sew with knit or woven fabrics?