Ready for Fall & Winter with an Italian Sweater Knit Dress

Sweater dress made with wool sweater-knit fabric from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles and Vogue Pattern 1315.

Where I live, fall comes without the trees changing colors. It’s a bit of a bummer. Still, you can tell that fall is in the air when all the girls start breaking out their sweaters, tights and boots. In preparation for Southern California “sweater weather” I recently browsed the sweater knit section of Mood Fabrics in Los Angeles. This Italian wool sweater knit caught my eye immediately. The fine gauge was cozy but not bulky. Warm but not too warm.

Sweater dress made with wool sweater-knit fabric from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles and Vogue Pattern 1315.

The fine gauge was also perfect for the Rebecca Taylor sweater dress pattern (a.k.a. Vogue 1315). The pockets had me at hello.

Sweater dress made with wool sweater-knit fabric from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles and Vogue Pattern 1315.

And if I have a pattern for selfish sewing, it’s a love of elastic waists. Call me practical. Call me comfortable. Call me a mom.

Sweater dress made with wool sweater-knit fabric from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles and Vogue Pattern 1315.

While the pocket design is what drew me to this dress pattern, my favorite part turned out to be the raw-edge double-rolled neckline.  Once I started constructing the neckline I got worried my sweater knit fabric choice wasn’t going to behave the way the pattern said it would.  But with a little stretch and a little steam, the edges curled just like Rebecca Tayor said they would.

Sweater dress made with wool sweater-knit fabric from Mood Fabrics Los Angeles and Vogue Pattern 1315.

For my first time sewing with a sweater knit, it was a completely painless process. If I were to make the dress again, I’d lengthen the bodice and cut it a size bigger to make it a bit more roomy. And if I do make the dress again, I’d pick one of these other awesome sweater knits from the Mood Designer Fabrics website:

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  Happy Fall sewing!

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Comments


  • Ann
    November 14, 2013

    You might want to rethink making the next version larger, because this one is perfect. Indeed, when I looked up the Vogue pattern you used, I sincerely felt you look better than the model! Congratulations on a fabulous knit dress!

    • oonaballoona
      November 14, 2013

      i agree, YUM!

    • ThisisCarrie
      November 18, 2013

      Thanks for the compliment ann! If only I had suck long legs as the model on the pattern cover!

  • Ginger
    November 14, 2013

    Oooh, this is ADORABLE! Could you be any cuter?! This fabric is amazing and the colors really look nice on you. The neckline treatment looks so professional and RTW!

    • ThisisCarrie
      November 18, 2013

      Thanks! I even surprised myself with the neckline.

  • Amy
    November 14, 2013

    Beautiful dress! I always get thrown off by the set of Vogue Patterns where the models are posing in the window, but you’ve made me see the possibilities with this one. And, working with sweater knit does seem to be a great way to make a sweater dress without all the knitting. Thanks for the online selections you picked! I miss SoCal sometimes, but I’m currently enjoying my first real fall in over a decade here in Seattle, and it’s been fun to actually need my fall boots!

    • ThisisCarrie
      November 18, 2013

      I can’t even imagine knitting an entire dress! My attention span is only good for the length of a short scarf.

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 15, 2013

    Love your dress! It looks like the perfect fit but I’m sure you have your reasons for making a size larger. Really,really cute!

    • ThisisCarrie
      November 18, 2013

      thanks! I do have my reasons. Only one of which is the tightness of the sleeves.

  • Cissie
    November 15, 2013

    What a perfect dress. Looks so cozy — and those pockets are fabulous!

  • Nicole
    November 15, 2013

    The pattern envelope photo is so awkward that I never realized what a nice pattern this is! I love your dress, it seems so comfortable yet chic — perfect for fall.

    • ThisisCarrie
      November 18, 2013

      What? Squatting in a window isn’t the perfect pose to highlight the great details of a dress pattern?

  • Carolyn
    November 15, 2013

    This is a great dress and I love your fabric choice!

    • ThisisCarrie
      November 18, 2013

      Thanks! The fabric was amazing to work with.

  • Lori
    November 15, 2013

    This is so pretty, great job.

  • Peter
    November 15, 2013

    Beautiful dress and great job with the pattern placement. I love it!

    • ThisisCarrie
      November 18, 2013

      I didn’t have too many choices with pattern placement since I bought barely enough fabric for the pattern, but I was happy with what I was stuck with in the end.

  • Suzanne Marquart
    November 16, 2013

    Your dress is lovely and I agree it looks like the correct size. I’m just wondering if you are long-waisted and are feeling a little need to simply add a wee bit of length to the bodice. Pretty. Suzanne

    • ThisisCarrie
      November 18, 2013

      You nailed it with the long-waisted problem. I should have definitely lengthened the bodice. I also felt like I just wanted an overall roomier fit. It looked roomier on the model. I forgot to factor in that she’s a waif, and I am not.

  • Amanda S.
    November 18, 2013

    Very lovely on you! I bought this pattern for those pockets too, and I’m not even a huge pocket lover! But they are such a great detail, and I loved the neckline as well. So glad to see it works well in a sweaterknit!

    • ThisisCarrie
      November 18, 2013

      I hope you get to make it soon! And hopefully you’ll breeze through the pocket instructions easier than I did.

  • Ali
    November 20, 2013

    Love! Don’t you have me for Christmas…. YES, I knew you made it for me. But I’ll pretend to be surprised! :O)