The Summer Dress In Knit Fabric

“Can the Summer dress be made in knit fabric?”  This question was raised towards the end of testing and was such a great idea that I couldn’t resist trying.

You may have seen this fabric quite a lot in what I make.  It’s a cotton/spandex that I carry in my shop and it’s one of Emily’s favourites and choosing her favourite fabric means I know she’ll try it on for me!

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I made this flamingo dress as a size 1 bodice and size 3 skirt and quickly saw where I needed to adjust.  The bodice could be a little tighter and the back skirt is a little too bulky around the waist for the knit fabric.  My next version was a much better fit. So what did I do?

Measuring a size 6, I sized down and made a size 5 dress with a size 6 length in the skirt.  I also cut off 1cm (3/8″) from the top of the straps to make them just a little bit tighter.  Being a knit fabric, you can afford to have the bodice area quite fitted as you have the stretch of the fabric when putting the dress on and taking it off.

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I also used a stretch interfacing in the straps called Tricot Fusible which has a one way stretch to it, which is all I needed.  (It was also the only stretch interfacing my local fabric store had).  Being a tighter fit, there is going to more pulling and stretching of the straps so the interfacing will help the knit keep its shape.  I cut the interfacing for the straps with the direction of the stretch going across the body.

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And lastly, I used my walking foot when sewing step 7 to evenly sew through all the varying thicknesses of the straps between the bodice pieces.

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What other options could you use to make the Summer Dress?  Maybe woven fabric bodice and skirt and knit fabric for the straps?  Or a woven fabric skirt and knit fabric straps and bodice?  I would love to see what you come up with!


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