As any proper sewist does before a big trip, I’ve been sewing up a storm. I’m leaving for in Japan in just a few days and excited is an understatement. This will be my first trip to Japan (and Asia!) and I’ll be reuniting with two dear friends. My packing list has been in the works for months and one of the most important components is the travel outfit. The flight is loooooong and comfort is important to me so everything I wear has got to have some stretch in it. But, I also don’t want to wear a sweatsuit so the knit dress is my travel garment of choice.Read More
When I choose an outfit, I want to be stylish, comfortable and warm. I get cold really easily so a knit turtleneck dress like this is a great wardrobe builder. I love this striped knit and the chic below the knee length. Paired with tights, boots and a coat, this dress will keep you warm even on a chilly, blustery day. Here's how I would DIY this dress.
How to DIY a Turtleneck Dress
Step 1: Today's inspiration is this dress from the Gap (btw, if you don't feel like doing the DIY this time, the dress is on sale right now!). The thing I love about knit dresses is they are as comfortable as sweats but look 100 times more pulled together.
Step 2: The Neenah Dress by Seamwork Mag is a great basic that will sew up in just a few hours. You won't have to make design changes to this pattern in order to match our inspiration, except maybe adjust the length for your height.
Step 3: For fabric, you'll want to look for a medium-weight knit with some stretch, like this double-knit from Michael Levine.
That's it! An easy-peasy classic DIY. Stayed tuned because later in the week, I'll be sharing a sweater dress of my own using the Neenah Dress pattern. Happy sewing!
Today I have another project from my #2017MakeNine list. I’m three down with six to go and seeing as it’s only mid-march I feel like a total sewing boss. There is something immensely satisfying about checking things off a list. Today’s project is the Ebony Woven Pant by StyleArc. I spotted this pattern sometime last year and fell in love with the asymmetrical pleated front. Lightweight woven pants are a great alternative to jeans, especially in the warmer months. I like that they'll keep me warm in an air conditioned building but not be too hot in the sun. Plus, I appreciate that little extra sun protection that pants provide.Read More