Snuggly Sweater Dress

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Mimosas and Mood Fabrics on Saturday, Sazerac and Steelers on Sunday, and Sweater Knit to fondle all weekend.  Monday was a cruel mistress.

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Need inspiration?  Stuck in a rut?  If you can, hightail it to the second floor on Mood Fabrics NYC.  It’ll cure ya.  I never know what I’m going to find up there, but I always walk away hugging something fiercely.  Like I’ve just won a prize that must be guarded with my life.  This poly sweater knit is sooooo soft, which only added to the hugging factor.  I believe the tag said it was from Italy. Is that the secret to poly of quality?  Italian birth?

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Having a bit of Italian in me myself, I’d say it’s a good theory.  (And a badly pegged side seam. Must fix that.)

mood fabrics oonaballoona sweater knit

I’ve always wanted to work with sweater knit, but have been too afeared. Strolling the aisles, I literally turned a corner and there was a veritable landslide of bolts to choose from, so I finally took the plunge. Besides getting chartreuse muppet fluff everywhere, this was way simpler than I thought it would be!  And muppet fluff is fun, let’s face it.  It was an amusement park for our 23-pound beast of a cat.

I used a combo of fusible seam batting and serged edges on all seams except hem and cuff, where I simply folded under a good inch and used a twin needle.  What really made it easy was testing everything I wanted to do on the many bits of muppet parts left lying around after cutting out the pattern.  Meg extolled the virtues of test runs over at Mood Sewciety last week.  Although she rightly suggests testing before cutting out the whole shebang, there is a bonus to cut-now-test-later: It makes you feel better about all those post-cutting scraps that might go straight to the garbage unused in a fit of MUST CLEAN EVERYTHING DONE WITH THAT DRESS BEGONE REMNANTS NEW FABRIC NEW FABRIC NEW FABRIC

What, you don’t get that part? You save all your scraps?  Scraps make me want to pick a fight.

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Speaking of scrapping: to avoid any marital confrontation, the drapey batwingish sleeves are for me, the cinching belt buckles are for Ruggy.  Give him a little leg to make up for all the cozy extra fabric, dontcha know.

Have you tried sweater knit yet?  Plenty here if you want to dip your toes.

 

 

 

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Comments


  • Lori
    October 22, 2013

    Gorgeous dress, like the belt option and the style of the pattern.

  • Elizabeth
    October 22, 2013

    What dress pattern did you use? Cute dress!

    • oonaballoona
      October 24, 2013

      this was a burda magazine pattern– however, i hacked it so much it doesn’t resemble it in the slightest! very simple, tho– no darts, and shouldn’t even have sleeve seams. i made it much harder than it needed to be ;)

  • Amy
    October 22, 2013

    Chartreuse, off-the-shoulder, sweater knit with belt buckles – I’d say you’ve hit on one trendy dress there, Oona. As always, looking great!

  • Peter
    October 22, 2013

    Love this dress, Oona. So glad I had the privilege of seeing it in person!

  • carolyn roemer
    October 22, 2013

    So imaginative. I love the belt buckles and you look great in it. I’m going to show it to my daughter and grand daughter. If you’re going for drama nothing better than electric acid green and an unusual use of sweater knit for a dress.

    • oonaballoona
      October 24, 2013

      for once i thought i was going down the obvious route, HA! i hope your grandies like it!

  • Ginger
    October 22, 2013

    Oooooh, I LOVE this! It’s so hip and fun! LOVE that color!

  • Carolyn
    October 22, 2013

    That dress is soooooo you! *LOL* It’s lovely Oona!

  • Debi
    October 22, 2013

    Va-voom! This is fabulous!! Suits you to a tee…..love the thought of your kitty going crazy in the muppet fluff :-)

  • Erica B.
    October 24, 2013

    This dress is so cute. And that fabric looks so cozy!

  • Janine Whisler
    October 24, 2013

    Lookin’ good Oona! Okay time to go shopping, when are you in LA next?
    And yes I keep my scraps. In the garage. In plastic bins. If I didn’t have so many bins, my husband would probably use the space for another motorcycle. So the scraps stay. Seriously though, you know it’s a SCRAP PROBLEM when someone asks you for something and you can say YES I HAVE JUST WHAT YOU’RE LOOKING FOR. Another life saved.

    • oonaballoona
      October 24, 2013

      whoah, um. wait. another motorcycle?! you have just made the case stronger for the quick toss of my scraps…. i would love another bike! (i just ride in the you-know-what seat, mind you.)

      i love that you have enough scraps to store a bike.

  • Lauren
    October 25, 2013

    Only you could wear that acid green and still look babely. What’s up with that? Tell me your secrets!

  • Liza jane
    October 25, 2013

    The belt buckles are awesome! Love that color on you!