One of my goals with the Basic Knit Bodice was to create a collection of pattern pieces that you can mix and match with each other! My first official addition is 3 styles of knit sleeves! It is available for purchase here, and it such a fantastic addition to any pattern collection. Believe me when I say that this pattern is incredibly useful and I can't wait to feature it in lots of amazing dress tutorials in the future!
Now about this tutorial:
My new found fabric love is scuba knit! So soft and REALLY comfortable to wear. It's thick enough that it smooths over an lumps and bumps you might want to hide which is always a bonus ;) You can make this dress with any medium weight knit (stretch) fabric and it really does flatter any body type!
Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!!!!
- 2 meters of Scuba Knit (Double Faced Knit or Ponte also works)
- Matching thread
- 2 Meters of 1/4" Elastic.
Pattern Pieces you will need are:
I made the bulk of this dress using my serger machine but you can use your regular sewing machine set to a stretch stitch.
You can also use any of the three styles available for this tutorial!
Cut out all your pieces you should have 2 bodice backs, 1 bodice front, 1 skirt piece, and two sleeves.
Sew your dress using these tutorial here, this tutorial picks up right after you have added all the elastic to your dress.
**Before you cut out your sleeve pieces quickly measure the length of your arm and around your bicep. Cross reference those measurements to the sleeve pattern to make sure the sleeve wont be to tight or to big.
Cut out two sleeve pieces, you can choose whichever of the 3 styles available for this tutorial ( long, short and cap sleeve,). Serge or zig-zag the bottom edge.
Make a small snip at the sleeve cap.
Sew slowly around your armhole seam, you might have to stretch it slightly to make it fit smoothing.