My favorite sewing projects are those made with knits. (I pretty much only wear knits, so it only makes sense that I like to sew with them too.)
One of the first pdf patterns for knits I bought was the Recycled T-shirt Halter Dress pattern from Ashley at Lil Blue Boo. (You can see that dress here. Can we all agree I’ve come a long way?) Since then I’ve also sewn her Racer Back Dress several times and made PJ’s with the original Sienna Dress pattern.
I was very happy to hear that Ashley had come out with an updated version of the Sienna Dress. The pattern is now available in sized 6 months to 14 and has a flutter sleeve option available. (According to her website other add-on options are coming soon.) You can find the pattern here just type Sienna in the search box.
I really really liked the flutter sleeve option, I think it just makes the dress so much cuter.
I pretty much sewed the entire dress on my serger. I did attach the neckline with my regular sewing machine, though I could have used the serger for that too. (I just didn’t want to risk having to pick out the stitches if I messed up…)
You can sew this dress and other knit projects with a regular sewing machine as well, but if you want to work more with knits, (and enjoy it) I recommend getting a serger. You’ll be so happy you did! (Christmas is coming… This is the serger I use. Add it to your Christmas wish list!)
The fabrics I ended up using were a mix from my stash. The black and white on the sleeves and neck came from Girl Charlee, the purple cat tee from my recycle bin and the two bottom fabrics were from fabric.com. (That purple plaid was a $1.99 special and I swear it feels like it belongs on a 1970’s leisure suit. I didn’t hem it, it is a semi thick polyester lycra blend that does not fray even the tiniest bit. I’m glad I finally found a use for it- I have almost thrown it away several times…)
I’ve already selected my fabrics for her next dress, they are a perfect mix for fall…
The multi-colored fabric on top is one om my daughter’s too short tops. I plan to cut the sleeves off and re-use them to make a double layer-look long sleeve. Won’t it be cute?
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Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.