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Simple to make and easy to wear, this super-cool Dress is a great modern take on the classic sweatshirt, and works in all sorts of knits...try T-shirting, silk-y jersey, sweatshirting, double or single knits, or ribbed knit fabrics. Use contrast or matching ribbing or self fabric to finish the neckline, hem & sleeves.
Relaxed-fit Dress has a scooped ballet-style neckline and a choice of cap, elbow length or full length raglan sleeves with an overarm seam for a superior fit. Bodice can be worn bloused over the elasticated waist or dropped down onto the upper hip. Skirt finished just below the knee. We’ve included instructions for the optional narrow and Obi-style tie belts, plus the infinity scarf.
Depending on your fabric and sleeve length choices, this is a true year-round style...wear it with knee high boots or opaque tights and a chunky heel when it’s chilly, try it with sheer nylons and a chic heel, or team it with strappy sandals for warm-weather style.
Sizes 6-8-10-12-14-16-18 need around 2 yards/ 1.83 m of fabric; 20-22-24-26 need around 2 1/2 yards/ 2.30 m of fabric...just add 1/2 yard/ 45 cm if you wish to make the long sleeved version. You’ll also need 5/8 yard / 57cm of rib knit, plus enough 1/4”/0.625cm wide elastic to circle your waist.
The narrow tie belt needs a strip about 1 times your waist measurement x 3 3/4” /9.5cm; the Obi-style belt needs a strip about 2 times your waist measurement x 6 3/4” /17cm wide.
The infinity scarf needs a piece of fabric or rib around 3 yards/ 275cm long x 18” or 46cm wide.
All fabric amounts are for 60”/150cm wide fabric.
Posted by Jody on 11th May 2013
Simple pattern; one of the best! Has become one of my TNT patterns!
Posted by Tamara Jordan on 8th Mar 2013
I have been aways from sewing for a very long time and I tried this pattern after failing to complete a Vogue pattern because I was frustrated with the directions. So I lucked on to Hot Patterns. I just love this pattern!! I've made this dress twice - well sort of. I made it once as pictured with the waist elastic and it was lovely. I made it the second time without the waist elastic (to mimic a ready-to-wear dress I already owned, by joining the two pattern peices together at the waist and shortening the hem. I also made my hem band a bit wider. I just LOVE my adjusted design. I only wish it had pockets!! It fits me just as well if not better than my high-end RTW dress due to the shaping of the pattern. I used fleece so my dress is warm and comfy but still when paired with tights and boots, I wore it to work and received many compliments. The only drawback is that it is almost impossible to do self-facing with fleece - at least I found this difficult and the finished look wasn't nearly as nice. So go for the coordinating or contrasting rib knit (which is hard to find in my area). Otherwise this is an awesome pattern and I know I'll be making more! Thank you so much for the video which is incredibly helpful!!
Posted by Shirley on 15th Sep 2011
This is one of my favorite patterns. It is so simple to whip up.
Love and appreciate the videos so much!!!!