Two Simple Knit Dresses for Fall

As much as I looove working with beautiful fabrics that require special handling and specific sewing rules, sometimes a girl just needs a simple knit dress to throw on when she wants to look classy but feel she’s wearing pajamas. Fortunately for me, Mood Fabrics has an incredible assortment of knits, from lightweight cotton to cozy wool. A little bit of everything, I like that! So obviously, I made two because one CLEARLY is not enough.

I used the Lady Skater pattern from Kitschycoo for both dresses—this is a great basic knit dress, easy to customize by just changing up the fabric. The instructions are extremely knit-beginner-friendly, with lots of pictures and tips to guide you along the process of creating your own perfect knit dress (or five!).

Fall Floral Lady Skater Cotton Jersey Mood Fabrics

For my first version, I used this fabulous retro floral cotton jersey. I love this fabric because the colors and style are very fall-like, while the actual fabric is super lightweight and perfect for the very UN-fall-like weather we are experiencing right now. Mood Fabrics has another colorway with more red and less mustard, but for me – I say bring on the mustard!

Fall Floral Lady Skater Cotton Jersey Mood Fabrics

Cotton jersey is relatively easy to sew, although I do recommend taking extra precautions to stabilize your shoulder and waist seams since the fabric has a tendency to stretch and sag out of shape. This can be done by sewing thin elastic (I used 1/4″ cotton elastic, although clear elastic also works!) at the seam allowance before sewing the pieces together.

This particular fabric was a little bit more of a bear than normal to handle, due to being so lightweight and stretchy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – just be prepared to spend a little more time with cutting (which you should be doing anyway, since we don’t want an inappropriately-placed flower, now do we? ;) ) and dealing with curling edges. This fabric is so beautiful, I think it’s totally worth the extra effort!

Emerald Wool Jersey Lady Skater Mood Fabrics

My second dress was made using this stunning green solid wool jersey. I’ve never sewn with wool jersey before, although I’ve been dying to try it – and that bright kelly green (don’t be fooled by my pictures; this stuff is BRIGHT!) is a color I’ve really been digging lately. So I was pretty excited to get my hands on some and try it out. You know, for science.

Emerald Wool Jersey Lady Skater Mood Fabrics

Wool jersey is pretty interesting stuff. I used the same pattern for both of these dresses, but look at how different the fit is! Where cotton jersey is fluid and drapey and a little sheer, wool jersey is relatively stable and lofty with a rich color saturation. If you’re curious about the scratchy factor – well, it is a little scratchy. Like wearing a wool sweater! Obviously this doesn’t bother me, but if you have sensitive skin you may want to consider underlining with a soft cotton knit.

While wool jersey isn’t as wash-and-wear as other fibers (I plan on treating this fabric the same way I treat my wool sweaters – lukewarm, non-agitated hand wash, lay flat to dry), it actually is a pretty nice fiber for trying out knit fabrics. Since it’s relatively stable, that means it’s easy to cut and sew. It doesn’t curl up at the edges or shift around much, and since it’s not super-duper-elastic-stretchy you don’t have to be quite as careful sewing if you are using a standard sewing machine. I personally use a serger for all my knits, but this stuff is a great starting point if you want to dip your toes into the knit world but don’t feel ready to invest in a special machine to sew with.

Fall Floral Lady Skater

So who else is jumping on this comfy knit dress bandwagon? For real, though—pretty dress that looks like pajamas, quick, self-gratifying sew? I seriously don’t think it can get any better than that.

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  • Tatiana
    September 18, 2013

    Both of your dresses are beautiful! I love this pattern, I already made two versions of it, and I can’t stop planning other versions… I am starting to think that maybe I should try to sew other patterns, ha!

    • Lauren
      September 25, 2013

      But… why mess with perfection? Haha! ;)

  • Amanda S.
    September 18, 2013

    Okay, so everyone is making two of everything now?! :) These dresses look great on you. I totally agree about needing something simple and easy every now and again. Easy wearing and no fitting issues? Yes please!

    • Lauren
      September 25, 2013

      Believe me, I would make a thousand of these if I had the fabric resources. Actually, who am I kidding – knit fabric can be found cheap, ha! :)

  • Peter
    September 18, 2013

    Love both dresses, Lauren — very classic and classy!

    • Lauren
      September 25, 2013

      Thank you, Peter!

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 19, 2013

    Love these – especially the floral paired with boots! There’s nothing better than a super easy and super cute dress pattern paired with great fabric.

    • Lauren
      September 25, 2013

      Pretty much! Just throw it on and go (and know that you still look good ;) )

  • Diana
    September 19, 2013

    I love them both, I can’t pick my favorite. You look cute as a button in both of them! That Lady Skater pattern is amazing, isn’t it. I’ve seen such great dresses all over blogland made with it.

    • Lauren
      September 25, 2013

      Thank you! I agree, it is an amazing pattern – so versatile!

  • anne jewell
    September 19, 2013

    how surprising that both came from the same pattern! they have totally different vibes, and they both suit you beautifully–anne

    • Lauren
      September 25, 2013

      I definitely think that’s the mark of a great pattern – you can make repeats and have them look totally different :)

  • Amy
    September 24, 2013

    Double the dresses, double the fun. Your sewing machine must be smoking right now with as many garments as you’ve been able to knock out this month!

    • Lauren
      September 25, 2013

      Oh god, you know if my machine started smoking, you’d be able to hear me scream all the way across the country haha :)