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Schmetz Jersey Sewing Machine Needles

Recommended for sewing spandex fabric.

Feature: Medium ball point.

Fabric Use: Knits & some stretch fabrics. Made especially for sewing on knits. The medium ball point does not damage or break knit fibers.

Schmetz Microtex (Sharp) Sewing Machine Needles

Recommended for sewing peach skin (board short) fabric.

Feature: Very slim acute point.

Fabric Use: Micro fibers, polyester, silk, foils, artificial leather, coated materials. Very thin acute point creates beautiful top stitching and perfectly straight stitches for quilt piecing when precision is paramount.

Schmetz Stretch Twin Sewing Machine Needle

Twin needles are great for hemming knits as well as sewing neck, arm or waist bands.  You will need to use two spools of thread and one bobbin thread.

Summer Girl LARGE Panel

Digitally printed 95% cotton 5% spandex knit fabric, approximately 200 – 220gsm

Panel size measures approximately 45cm wide and 55cm long (17.5″ x 21.5″) with the image measuring approximately 25cm (9.5″) square.  Please note that panel length may vary by up to 5cm (2″).

Due to the nature of this small run digitally printed fabric, there “may” be small print flaws in the fabric. Fabric is sold as is so if this is a concern, please do not order.

Summer Girl SMALL panel

Digitally printed 95% cotton 5% spandex knit fabric, approximately 200 – 220gsm

Panel size measures approximately 36cm wide and 48cm long (14″ x 19″) with the image measuring approximately 15cm (6″) square.  Please note that panel length may vary by up to 5cm (2″).

Due to the nature of this small run digitally printed fabric, there “may” be small print flaws in the fabric. Fabric is sold as is so if this is a concern, please do not order.

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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!

Summer Dress PDF Pattern

The Summer dress features a fully lined bodice, criss cross straps in the back that interweave and elastic in the back waistband.

*This dress is designed to slip over the head.  Assistance may be required getting on and off due to the nature of the straps.

Sewing level: Confident beginner

Sizes: 1 (18m), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

This listing is for a PDF sewing pattern and is not for any finished dress pictured.  The pattern includes:

  • Fabric and notion requirements
  • Full tutorial with easy to follow, step by step photos
  • Easy instructions for altering your pattern to fit
  • Layered printable pattern – choose the size or sizes you only want to print.

*Please note, Afterpay does not work on pattern only purchases.  It will work if combined with a fabric purchase.

You may sell items you personally make from this pattern, but please do not share or distribute the pattern itself in any format due to copyright restrictions.

Geometric Knit 50cm

Digitally printed 95% cotton 5% spandex knit fabric.

Width 150cm.

Due to the nature of this small run digitally printed fabric, there “may” be small print flaws in the fabric. Fabric is sold as is so if this is a concern, please do not order.

Sold in 50cm increments. For 1m, choose QTY 2.

Where’s Summer?

It’s a bit deceiving this time of year.  Every now and then we get a warm day (or two), thrown in between some cool weather.  It means I need to make sure the kids have some summer clothes ready for these odd warm days and that we aren’t relying on last summer’s clothes which, inevitably, will be too small for someone!

While my little Miss looks lovely in a dress, I don’t think she’ll wear many this summer as dresses aren’t very practical for climbing and is she a climber!  At this stage, we might have to have a good stash of shorts instead!

I’ve had this gorgeous Pam Kitty fabric in my cupboard since last year and decided to make the Elegance and Elephants bubble shorts as I love this pattern for it’s simplicity and stunning result. 

I measured Miss Em’s waist and chose to make the size 1 as these don’t have adjustable elastic, but silly me didn’t think about the fact she’s still in a nappy so the size 1 is a little snug around her butt.  So I then made the next size up.

I had a dig through my tshirt box and found a short sleeve tshirt that coordinated nicely with the shorts and embroidered two little birds on it…for something that was meant to be a quick design, it took me 2 hours and a lot of cursing! 

And while I would love to show you how it looks on…the weather has turned cool again so I’m not sure when Miss Em will get to wear this outfit.  In the meantime, you’ll have to live with a size 2 outfit squeezed on to my size 3/4 mannequin 🙂