This dress is more of a remake than a new make….. Whenever I go clothes shopping, I always check out the sale rack for any gems. The black and white fabric design really caught my eye – it’s a thick knit, similar to a pointe or double knit fabric. It was a large size for a very small price! So I picked it up in the hope that it would be useful for cutting up.
I cut the original apart at the seams ( It was a plain shift shape with bust darts). I left the dress intact at the shoulders so that I could use the original neckline. After pressing, I pinned my pattern pieces with the shoulders sewing line aligning with the dress shoulders and then cut it out.
I used a Burda pattern to make this: Shift dress 107
The pattern making at the back is atrocious, but that’s the original centre back seam, including the zipper, so I’ll just have to get over it! I also kept the original sleeves and just re-cut the sleeve heads as per the burda pattern.
The dress has a lovely relaxed fit , without being too baggy. The shaped darts are very flattering – but difficult to make out in this fabric (I’ve outlined a dart in red below)
I have worn this dress so much already – it looks great with thick tights and boots and I really want to make another one (or two!).But, I’m having trouble tracking down similar fabric – does anyone have suggestions or links to a good source of thick (preferably patterned) knit fabric. I’ve found lots of plain pointe, or else more black and white sweatshirt weight fabric, but nothing suitable yet, so any help appreciated 🙂
Till next time 🙂