Farmer’s Market Cotton Knit Dress

I planned on publishing a post with F O U R garments and here I am with O N E. …….. and it looks really easy doesn’t it? Well, it wasn’t.

SEAFOAM COTTON KNIT DRESS

I’m determined to master sewing casual clothes, but mistakenly I’ve confused

c a s u a l with e a s y .

After thumbing through a J. Crew catalogue, I ordered four fabulous knits from Mood Fabrics’ enormous collection with the plan of making four garments for casual wear.

SEAFOAM COTTON KNIT DRESS

SEAFOAM COTTON KNIT DRESS

SEAFOAM COTTON KNIT DRESSSEAFOAM COTTON KNIT DRESS

This was originally to be my Farmer’s Market dress; my toss-on dress for weekend errands.

SEAFOAM COTTON KNIT DRESSI searched for a casual dress pattern, designed for knits which had interesting construction details and found this Burda pattern. No reviews were available but it was so cute I was willing to take a chance and write the first review on PR.

It’s just my second Burda pattern to sew but who would have thought the pattern would have tied me in knots?

I should have sent out an S.O.S. to all of the Burda fans out there because there were issues, most of which occurred in the bodice.

SEAFOAM COTTON KNIT DRESS

SEAFOAM COTTON KNIT DRESS

While I love the lines and fit of the pattern, the construction resulted in unnecessary bulk sewing through 5 and 6 layers of fabric in several places throughout the dress.

After twisting, turning and manipulating the multiple layers without really understanding what I was doing, it all came together transforming my lovely jersey fabric into a garment that will serve me well during the hot, humid days ahead.

I also believe it will pass muster beyond the Farmer’s Market and dry cleaners 🙂

As far as my remaining three fabrics……. I have two more left to sew and plan to feature all three in the next post.

I never dreamed I would be more comfortable sewing special occasion clothes over casual ones but I vow to be equally comfortable with both one of these days! In the meantime I’ve chalked up another example of ‘looks can be deceiving’.

SEAFOAM COTTON KNIT DRESS

Until soon!

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Comments


  • Cissie
    April 26, 2013

    What a cute dress, Sarah! Love the knit fabric too. I’ve used a few Burda patterns and have never had an easy time with them either. I agree that this dress will go lots of places other than the Farmer’s Market!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2013

      Thank you, Cissie! I’m sure you know how to tame those beasty instructions 🙂

  • Peter
    April 26, 2013

    It’s a lovely dress and a great color. I too would much prefer to sew dressier clothes than casual ones — you’re not alone!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2013

      Many thanks for the comment, Peter!

  • Claire
    April 26, 2013

    Well it looks amazing for all of your hard work. V professional. I look forward to seeing your other creations.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2013

      Thanks so much, Claire! I’m going to give it another shot 🙂

  • Carolyn
    April 26, 2013

    I love this color on you! And totally understand about sewing casual clothing…it’s why I stick to sewing my professional/work wardrobe and buy the few things I need for casual wear!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2013

      I hear you, Carolyn! I can spend just as much on casual clothes as special occasion frocks so I’m determined to lick this dilemma 🙂

  • Kay
    April 26, 2013

    It is so pretty. I love the color and design of the dress.

  • KristiEllKay
    April 26, 2013

    This is gorgeous!! I’m still trying to get to a point where I even think of a dress as being “casual” haha. I’m very much a jeans-and-tshirt kinda girl.

    I’m so scared of sewing with Burda patterns, because everyone complains about how they aren’t explained well enough. Knowing that this beautiful dress came from a Burda pattern makes it even more impressive. And that color is MAGNIFICENT on you! So spring-y =D

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2013

      Many thanks for your nice comment! I must say the fit is exactly what I wanted with very little alterations!

  • Amanda S.
    April 26, 2013

    Perfect summer dress, Sarah! That pattern is super cute!

  • Sandra
    April 26, 2013

    I love the colour and can see why you were drawn to the pattern. Perfect summer dress.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2013

      Thanks, Sandra! I’ll give it another try, hopefully with less frustration 🙂

  • Lori
    April 26, 2013

    Love your dress, Sarah, it is perfect for summer.

  • coco
    April 27, 2013

    Love it! I have this pattern, plan to do the looser version, but as yet do not have the ‘reversible’ fabric for it – good for you to try it! Dry cleaner? no – toss in the wash, Sara! As for Burda, I really like their patterns, once you get past their seam allowance quirks and so on, they have some great styles that are refreshing after the big 4 sameness. I love reading your casual clothes journey.

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2013

      Thanks, Coco! I absolutely agree with you about Burda’s styles – they are lovely and chic. I’m going to lick this!

  • Ginger
    April 27, 2013

    What a cute dress! I’m glad you persevered because it really looks like the perfect weekend dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      April 28, 2013

      Hi Ginger! The pattern was too cute to give up on, so i’m glad I hung in there too 🙂

  • Amy
    April 28, 2013

    What a great dress. I’m glad you pushed through since I think you’ll get a lot of use out of a cute dress like this one. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • Kathy Lou
    May 1, 2013

    Lovely dress on a lovely lady!!!