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