Oh, what a cute knit summer dress!
I get cold everywhere I go…and love having long sleeves instead of taking a wrap. I did not opt for the henley look, with placket and buttons, but other than that, I really made only one change to this pattern. It was based on a discovery from sewing so many knit dresses the past 6 months…
My dresses (another one below) are done in a light-midweight 7 oz. cotton jersey knits from Girl Charlee ( I
looooooove this knit fabric store). I’ve found in sewing this weight knit that a center back seam takes a lot
of punishment, particularly if you are sitting on it…the knit pulls out at the stitches.
I have 3 versions of the Kwik Sew 3703 maxi dress, which has a CB seam. Originally, I serge/sewed them all
but after a few wearings I went back and reinforced the CB seam with an elastic knit stitch. The CB seams
were pulling out like crazy!
End of story: I cut the back of this dress on the fold, rather than with a center back seam. I’m happy with the fit as is, but someone else might want to add side darts for shaping if this approach is taken.
- I’m a bit over 5’7.5″ tall, 140 lbs.
- Sewed a size medium.
- Added 2″ to the length.
- Dress hem is 2″.
- Sleeve hem is a scant 5/8″.
Version two, a tribal animal print, in orange of course!
And the gratuitous envelope cover photo…or something near it.
I really love this dress.