Monthly Archives: February 2015

A Dress in Two Hours?

Do you ever get sick of tracing/cutting loads of pattern pieces and fiddling with fitting a new pattern?

Well, you have plenty of company, my friends. Some days we just want a new dress. We want it to be comfortable AND flattering, easy to launder, travel nicely, and most of all, we want it NOW.

Enter the t-shirt pattern. That’s right, the one you use for your basic-not-very-exciting-but-essential wardrobe staple. For me, The Perfect T-Shirt by Pamela’s Patterns is the ticket. Yep, those 3 simple pattern pieces will make you an attractive dress in a blink, by just adding to the length.

Red Sweater Dress by Sew Maris

Here’s the proof!

I made two of these dresses before heading to London last November, and I have plans for at least 1 more from a yummy wool blend cable-knit. It was as simple as adding enough inches to the front and back pattern piece to cover my wrinkly-old-lady-knees. No flaring. Just a straight line down from the hip. Easy-peasy. I used sweater knits for both versions, and I don’t remember the exact fiber content, but it was definitely a blend.

Red sweater dress trim by Sew Maris

You can add stretch trim to the neckline and sleeve hems if you want a bit of contrast; I added some black “faux piping” I made in about 2 minutes on my serger, just to add a bit o’ pop. It is subtle, but I like the finish.

Grey animal print sweater dress by Sew Maris

Grrr! Animal prints are always fun.

I.Love.These.Dresses. They are my new go-to wardrobe staple. With a belt, tights, boots, and a bit of jewelry I feel polished and put-together, and it takes almost zero effort. My kind of dressing!

Have you ever altered an existing top pattern to create a dress? Are you a dress or separates kind of gal?

Happy sewing!

Maris