I’m showing off my new love today – the most comfortable and versatile dress I’ve ever owned. It’s Sew Caroline’s debut pattern, the Out and About dress.
The Out and About Dress is a knit pattern, hence why this dress is my new love – it’s so comfy to wear and can be dressed up or down. This dress can be worn with a jacket, leggings and boots for cooler weather, dressed up for a night out or with sandals for summer – will I ever wear anything else? The pattern also comes with maxi length and long sleeve options. Once I saw the fab versions sew up by Abby and Erin I was sold. Tempted to sew your own version? I’ve got a copy to give away so read on.
And seriously – please forgive the photo quality in this post. The camera repair guy has had my camera for about 3 weeks, apparently waiting for a part from China…….this is a loan camera and its not a DSLR, we’ve done our best folks 🙂
The Good: If you, like me love to support indie pattern designers, you will agree that some pattern designers are certainly better than others. Caroline’s first pattern has seriously impressed me. Her instructions are very clear and well written. I had no trouble whatsoever sewing up this dress. It’s very simple to put together with no closures or fiddly details, attaching the neckband is as difficult as it gets. You could definitely attempt this dress as a first knit pattern.
The Bad: According to the pattern instructions, my measurements put me in a medium – large – large (bust, waist, hips) so I cut my fabric accordingly. It was huge on me 😦 Have you ever attempted to unpick a stretch stitch? Gah – my life is not long enough for that! So, I took width from the sleeves and bodice without pulling the sleeves out and re-cutting the fabric down to a small. The resulting size is fine, but there is excess fabric around the armscye. Now, I’m not suggesting this is a fault of the pattern. I read a really interesting post recently by Heidi of Elegance and Elephants about the effect of knit fabric stretch % on the resulting size of your garment. I’m wondering if this is why my dress was huge? I’m not sure. I used a good quality cotton interlock that is not overly light or stretchy and has good recovery. Regardless of cause, I’ll definitely be sewing a small next time 🙂
Verdict: I love it. Stylish and comfortable. Be aware that the sizing may be influenced by the stretch percentage of your fabric. I recommend basting your bodice and trying for size BEFORE you use your stretch stitch.
The belt inspiration came from this pin.
So to the giveaway – funny story, I bought this pattern last week and half sewed the dress the same day. The next morning I woke up to an email that I had won a copy of the Out and About dress – WHAT!!?! Luckily for you, Caroline graciously agreed to allow me to give the pattern away again.
To be in the running simply leave a comment telling about the best thing you’ve ever won. I’ll draw the winner randomly on Tuesday 25th – Good Luck!! UPDATE – GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED