The Brush Stroke Wrap Dress: Knits!

Disclaimer: The sleeves are the same length! I have no idea why I didn’t have them in same place for the photos!

Ta-da! My first attempt at knitwear! I decided that I was severely limiting myself by being such a chicken about sewing with knit fabric. I used Butterick 5454, which came together really quickly. It was only once I had completed the dress though, that I was able to see what a disaster the sewn pleats were. I unpicked them, so that the volume created by them would start right from my waist rather than from my backside (there are two more pleats on the back). I was much happier with those results. I was shocked by how easy the whole process was: I was expected stretched out seams and hems and basically a big mess.

I still learned a lot though: next time I’ll raise the neckline, and I’ll probably sew a little snap on the bodice of this dress so that it won’t be quite so va-va-voom, but Β really, I love the fit. The pleats coming from the shoulders meant that I didn’t have any pulling across the front, and it’s so comfortable! It feels like I’m wearing a big, bright cozy t-shirt.

I need to figure out how to wash dark knit fabric. I don’t know if I even needed to wash it before hand. If you can image, this fabric was even more vibrant before I washed it (which was in cold water and just a little time in the dryer).

Do you have any tips for sewing with knits? Washing them? I’d love to hear!

Photos courtesy of the great Denis Duquette.

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13 thoughts on “The Brush Stroke Wrap Dress: Knits!

  1. That looks awesome! I might have to invest in that pattern.
    Your dress looks like the ones that are in Banana Republic right now.

  2. Wow! Looks great! πŸ™‚ I like to cut out my knits right before sewing them to minimize the curling (or you can starch and iron them I’ve heard but haven’t actually done). I also use a ball point needle to sew knits. I wash mine on gentle and often in lingerie bags in a load of laundry of soft items (no zippers/velcro etc) and often lay them flat to dry. Some of my daughter’s knits I will dry in the dryer on low.

  3. Nice. I need a go to wool jersey dress for winter. i made a muslin out of New Look 6097 (the project Runway one) and was absolutely awful (now I know why all the indie fabric stores here have stopped stocking NL). Wrt sewing with knits I use the ‘L’ (lightening) stitch or the overlocking stretch stitch on my sewing machine. Anything with wool/ cotten/ linen in it gets pre-washed to prevent post sewing shrinkage.

  4. Your dress looks great! I love wrap dresses and you have inspired me to try making one with patterned fabric instead of my usual solid color πŸ™‚

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