Blue Marine Sweater Dress

I’m continuing my current passion for sweater knits in this Burda sheath dress from September 2012. While I’m still tracing mine from the magazine (tears), you can download it for a mere $5.40 from the BurdaStyle website.

Blue Sweater knit dress

This marine blue knit from Mood Fabrics NYC was purchased in the same bundle as the autumnal pullover I just completed. The knit is incredibly soft. I love the way the colors meld in this knit. I originally sewed this dress to wear to a Hanukkah party and have pulled it out a few times for work since then.

Blue Sweater knit dress

Since the pattern uses the same upper body model as my recent pullover, the FBA alterations on the French darts / busts were already done.

Blue Sweater knit dress

I love the sleeve technique used. See the pleat at the deltoid? It’s sewn in one fell swoop with the shoulder seam.

Blue Sweater knit dress

Next time I make this dress (and there will be a next time) I’m going to use the same neckline from the original dress. I decided to skip the zipper, but you’ll see here in the back that this dress version doesn’t have the v-shape back neckline as the pullover.

Blue Sweater knit dress

That makes the dress little bit of a stretch to get in and out of since I use interfacing along the neckline and armholes to reduce… well, stretching. Also, I think this a lot of dark fabric too close to my face. I thrive in color and I think something more open in the neckline might be more flattering.

Is it strange that only in the last two years I’ve noticed how incredibly short my neck is? Strange because I’ve always thought my mom had a short neck. Now, I think I have a short neck. Which means, of course, that I’m starting to become my mother….

Blue Sweater knit dress

Notice I’m not holding a remote nor am I in my backyard or dining room? It’s been so foggy the last few days that I couldn’t get a good photo. I talked my friend Liz in to being my photographer and this is our conference room. Man, it’s so much easier to have someone else take your pictures (as long as they know you need 60 to have one good shot).

Blue Sweater knit dress

Look at me! I’m ‘working’.

Blue Sweater knit dress

Look at me! I’m ‘modeling’

Blue Sweater knit dress

My next sweater knit project is something I never thought I’d make. A cardigan! Stay tuned πŸ™‚

Editor’s note: Renee bought her fabric at Mood NYC but we have tons of comparable fabrics available onlineβ€”click here.



  • Amanda S.
    December 27, 2012

    This is a great dress on you, Renee. I love the color. I also plan to make the dress version of this pattern, but there is no way it would ever fit over my huge melon of a head without a zipper.

  • Carrie
    December 27, 2012

    Beautiful! I love it that we can take one favored pattern and make so many looks!

  • Linda
    December 27, 2012

    What a beautiful dress on an equally gorgeous woman. Love how the dress looks and you should be very proud of your skill.

  • Erica B.
    December 27, 2012

    That dress is totally cute! I love the a-line cut.

  • Barbara Stone
    December 27, 2012

    Very cute and nice fit!

  • Carol Trail
    December 27, 2012

    Renee, it looks beautiful on you. Did you sew this on a regular sewing machine or on a serger? I haven’t done any sewing for myself in a long time. I need to learn how to make adjustments to patterns so that they fit me correctly. I’m wide in the shoulders and slim in the hips. I usually end up looking like a box on legs. Ugh. Do you use a dress form? I’m trying to decide if it would be worth the money to buy one. Anyways, you look fantastic in this.


    • Renee
      December 27, 2012

      Hi Carol! Welcome back to sewing. I pretty much only use my dressform to take photos of finished garments or to see how things look. I’ve really only used it in the last two years.

      As for sewing this dress, I mostly used my sewing machine. My serger only liked this material where it was interfaced. Otherwise, I ended up with wonky edges.

      I totally sympathize with looking at style lines! I’m so bottom heavy I have to be careful about what I sew.

  • Lisa
    December 27, 2012

    Very cute dress and I think the color looks great on you!! Wonderful job, ad always.

  • Carolyn
    December 28, 2012

    This is a lovely dress on you and I have to tell you that I disagree with you, I think this is a beautiful color near your face! Aren’t pictures so much easier when someone goes look that way, stand that way! LOL!

  • Ginger
    December 29, 2012

    This is so cute! What a versatile little dress!

  • Valerie
    December 30, 2012

    Love your sweater dress, Renee! I’d like to sew a knit tunic using a lighter weight knit (such as a jersey) that’s appropriate for Spring and I noticed that Mood has several nice possibilities. But I always have trouble with the sleeve and tunic hem holding their shape during stitching and laundering. Do you have any tips or can you point me to a tutorial? Thanks!

    • Cidell
      January 3, 2013

      Hi Valerie,

      Yes! I do πŸ™‚ I read in threads some time ago to use knit interfacing in your hems. I do that now, but also add it to the neckline and underarms of my knits. Sometimes, if the knit is really ‘loose’ or I need it to hold it’s shape (fitted) I’ll put a little along the seam line of say my hip line. That really changed my how knits held up in laundering.

      • Valerie
        January 5, 2013

        Thanks for the tip! I appreciate it. Can’t wait to see what you sew next! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 1, 2013

    Way to go on making a perfectly fitting knit sheath! You look gorgeous in blue. Happy New Year, Renee!

  • Cathe
    January 1, 2013

    I love your dress! It has such a nice shape and fit! I’m very inspired!

  • Amy
    January 1, 2013

    This pattern looks so good on you! I’ve never sewn French darts before. Something to look in to… Can’t wait to see your cardigan!

  • Cissie
    January 3, 2013

    Love your version of that pattern. Looks comfy and stylish at the same time!

  • Teddi
    January 3, 2013

    I also have a love for sweater dresses! I love your dress! The color and lines are beautiful.

  • MzSweetpea
    January 10, 2013

    Honey you look FABULOUSO…YES you do! I know what you mean about having a short neck, give me a V-neck any day, but the longated beads help bunches….so looking forward to seeing a tunic with a V-neck….love the French darts, perfect for a knit. YOU ROCK!