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 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.