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