The Drapey Knit Dress Roars

Drapey Knit Dress CollageThis is the Drapey Knit Dress that really doesn’t deserve to exist. Or I don’t deserve to have sewn it. First, I cut out a piece back to front. Then I burnt a hole with my iron. Twice, I had to go diving into the bin to rescue scraps of jersey. Twice, I was extremely lucky that there were scraps big enough.

Such adventures left me with a band hem, which I now like a lot. Both sleeve and body hems are sewn with a mink thread in a zig zag stitch. I do love a good zig zag stitch. Can’t remember the last time I bothered with my twin needle.

jersey hems

The dress pattern comes from Thrifty Stitcher‘s Fashion With Fabric. The ponte knit is from A One Fabrics on Goldhawk Road. It’s soft, warm and stable and at £6.50 a metre, worth every penny. I have the perfect dress for cosying up at home on a wet weekend, with Baileys fudge. Highly recommended recipe from Kate Doran’s Homemade Memories. Good job this dress is nice and roomy…


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19 Responses to The Drapey Knit Dress Roars

  1. Beth says:

    It looks great!

  2. ooobop! says:

    This is all things the biz! Love that fabric. I’m up the GH Road shortly and might just have to have a gander! Well done for sticking with, even when it was stacking against you. You look amazing btw! xxx

  3. Just in time for the festive season too, when a little extra allowance around the middle is always welcome. Loving the matching pumps too.

  4. V. Kathryn Evans says:

    I adore this – may have to get this pattern!

  5. Hélène says:

    This nice and cosy dress and the yummy fudge epitomize the satisfying process of sewing and cooking, especially after overcoming difficulties on the way. Thanks for the link to the recipe!

  6. Your blog gave me a good giggle this morning. Thank you for sharing your challenges and determination to work through them and complete this lovely dress! I have some gorgeous ponte knit sitting in my stash just waiting for the right thing and I’ve been toying with the idea of a nice knit dress for it – it does hang so nicely on you!

  7. Deborah H says:

    Just discovered your blog. Thanks for the inspiring read – makes me want to sew no matter what hindrances may present themself!

  8. What a fun dress! And such straight, pretty zigzagging…..

  9. Sheryll says:

    I always keep my scraps for this very reason, it is amazing how often I need them.
    Your dress looks great, and so comfy – perfect for lounging around eating fudge!

  10. Joss says:

    Looks fab! Do you just use normal zigzag for hem? I’ve been avoiding finishing a knit dress as I’m scared of hem !

  11. Thank goodness you made it work, because it looks fabulous! Also, I’m totally making some of that fudge!

  12. Jenni says:

    Dress and fudge look fabulous x

  13. Mags says:

    Great dress. I’ve jyst finished my drapey knit dress, inspired by your last version, in a thinner jersey and I love it!

  14. I love this version of the drapey knit dress. Both of them have turned out so well. I am really going to have to get my skates on and make one too. Another reason to be glad that I bought that book. Xx

  15. Gail says:

    Very cute and I love you breaking the rules and animal print with animal print. The outfit rocks.

  16. Gorgeous! I really need to make one of these. it’s the dress that sold the book to me, but after Thimberlina gave me hers I’ve yet to make my own!

  17. Simona says:

    Love how you saved it! The pattern on the fabric is so busy no one will ever see your mistakes! They just make your dress even more you!

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