If you've been following along with us this year, you've probably seen Rachel's new series "Woven's to Knits," a series showing you how to get more versatility out of your patterns. Well, the trend is catching on behind the scenes at Pattern Revolution. Today, Marnie is sharing her Kate Dress from Lily Bird Studio made in knit. Want to give it a try? You can get Kate for only $5.00 today only (9/25/15). Click HERE to purchase through the designer's website, no coupon code necessary (subscribe to the LBS Newsletter and get an extra 10% off).
Hi, it’s Marnie from Horris and Deedle sharing with you today this adorable little dress I sewed for my daughter. This is the Kate dress from Lily Bird Studio - a simple a-line dress with a couple of different yolk options for the bodice that can be used or left off to create different looks. This pattern has been around for a while now, I’ve always liked the look of it, and I have been meaning to make one forever!! I did something a little different with this one though, and sewed up a knit version for our upcoming summer.
This was incredibly simple to make in knits, mostly because the pattern is slim fitting and has simple lines. I personally prefer simple lines as it makes the patterns so much more versatile if you want to change them a little. To make in knits, I simply cut the pattern pieces as is, on the fold, and did not put any sort of closure in the back. I used the facings included with the pattern because I like the look of no band at the neckline, but if you wanted to omit the facings and add a neckband for knits, that would work too.
I used yolk 1 in the pattern for this - it was a little fiddly to do with a knit, but no more fiddly than sewing a pocket and sewing slowly and carefully gave it a nice clean finish. I used one of my most favourite knits for the front of this dress - it’s a Leena Renko Design printed on European Cotton Lycra and it is one of my favourite printed knits ever. It’s expensive, especially after I get it shipped all the way to Australia, but I have not found knits that come close to the European knits quality wise and I love them. To add a bit of interest to the dress and make it less pink, for the back of the dress I used the same navy polka dots that I used on the front - also a European cotton/lycra knit.
I absolutely love this little dress - it is as cute in knits as it is in wovens…..now all I need is the globe to spin just a tiny bit faster so that it is warm enough outside to wear! If like me, you have the Kate dress in your stash of patterns, pull it out and give it a go! And for those of you who don’t and want to buy it, it’s available here.
Happy sewing and thanks for reading along,
Want to do EVEN MORE with your Kate?
Click the image below to visit Hayley's tutorial converting Kate's Dress to a tunic with pockets.