Yes I made me another knit dress. And yes, it’s polka dotted. And yes, it’s super comfy to wear! And it really took hardly any time to make. Bingo! Many criteria fulfilled there then! I had been thinking I’d make another cowl neck dress like this one, but with long sleeves for the autumn/ winter. I could have drafted sleeves to fit this same pattern, but I discovered this Kwik Sew pattern (ordered & speedily dispatched by SewBox) and was intrigued. Not only was there a cowl neck dolman sleeved dress, but also a different variety with a cute tie neck (if I’m honest, this was a case where the drawing drew me in with some stripes & tie neck love!).
Now I’d had some black polka dot knit fabric in my stash for ages & by cutting this dress with a back seam I was able to eek out enough of the fabric to construct the plain neck version. Not being sure how this dress would fit, I was satisfied that this would be a toile/ muslin, but hopefully of the wearable kind.
Speedy sewing-R-us. This involved a centre back seam, a single manoevre from shoulder to arm seams & completing sleeve-side seams in a oner as well. Super quick sewing- I make that five individual seams (on my overlocker), but if you cut the back properly with enough fabric then that is just four. I used a strip of self fabric to finish the neck seam- that made 6. All that was left were the hems. I did try this on as I sewed it, which clearly slowed proceedings down slightly, but not overly & all in a good cause.
The sleeve of dolman
All the while I was sewing though, I was wondering about the neck & what detail I could use. I did not have any suitable contrast fabric to make the tie neck. I certainly did not have enough of the polka dot to make the cowl neck. You know me, I can do simple, but not without some pretty detail.
I tried a few options on Barbarella. First of all a lace collar.
Then some gorgeous lace, gifted to me from the generous Debbie at Minnado’s House. Using this lace I could also add some cuffs (which also helped to lengthen the sleeves since my gorilla arms were not covered sufficiently & I was in danger of cold wrists or pretending that this is another “bracelet” lengthed sleeved garment)
When I compared the two similar looks, it was clear that using the gifted pretty lace really was a means to making this dress pretty special. It was a deal.
I attached the lace by machine & carefully hand sewed the lace together at its joins throughout its depth as if it was a continuous piece of lace with no joining seam.
The last thing I did was to hem using my twin needle. There was quite a lot of extra length in this dress for me, which I need to remember for next time.
So, let me tell you there will be a next time – that cowl is haunting me, & I so need to make a tie neck jersey top in stripes with a red tie….like desperately…
While I was at it, I made a quick petticoat to stop that invariable cling that would happen when wearing tights. I had some stretch lining, or that’s what I bought it as. It reminded me of electricity-laden nylon of the 70s. And so I perpetuated that by making it even more trashy by using bile coloured lace.
The true hideousness of that lace is not shown to its full – think of dull pea green, like cooked mushy marrowfat peas & you are close. The slip works a treat though!
Has anyone else made this pattern before? Have you enjoyed using it? What’s the cowl like?!? Shall I make the top in black/white stripes with a red tie neck?