Hi everyone, my name is Kathy and I write a sewing blog over at Sew Dainty. I am incredibly excited to share with you today another version of a tulip style knit dress that I have sewn on several occasions before. I am a huge fan of this sewing pattern, which I have only ever made up in Scuba fabric before now. This is the first time I have sewn with French Terry and I fell in love with the Green Cranes fabric as soon as I saw it.
The dress pattern that I have used is The Chloe Dress from Pattydoo . For those not familiar, Pattydoo are a German independent pattern company who have a large range of reasonably priced PDF sewing patterns for adults and children, as well as some free patterns too. This PDF pattern is only 3 Euros, which is incredible value for money don't you think?
French Terry is just right for this dress. You need a knit fabric with some stretch, that has slightly more weight than a cotton jersey, but not as heavy as a sweatshirting fabric. There is a great selection of patterned and plain French Terry fabrics on the Pin & Sew website, the difficult part is choosing just one!
The fabric was delivered in next to no time, and I was delighted to see it arrive in plastic free packaging. The strong brown paper bags used by Pin and Sew will still protect your fabric in transit, but are totally environmentally friendly. The fabric was also accompanied by an information card giving me care instructions for my fabric. Do click on the Environment tab on the website to find out more about Pin and Sew's environmental concerns.
Back to the Pattydoo pattern. I wanted to mention here that just because the pattern is written in a different language to your own, it can still be made up with very little problems. After printing out the pattern and instructions, I realised that I would need some help from Google Translate. This helped, especially with the fabric requirements and cutting instructions, but what really is the gamechanger for this company is that they have a YouTube channel where you can follow a complete video sew-along for the construction of the dress. Whilst this is still spoken in German (I don't speak a word of German), the visual aspect of it is so good (along with seam allowances being flashed up on the screen), that you barely need anything else - it is really excellent! I would, of course, still recommend that you make up a toile in this situation before cutting into precious fabric, just in case you have missed something important along the way!
Another thing to bear in mind with the video guide is that it is showing you how to make the child's dress, so if you are making an adult version, you just need to remember to sew in the bust darts at the appropriate time and also add some elastic to the centre back waistline to give it some shape there too.
The pattern has a choice of sleeve lengths, and the neck can be finished with a neckline facing or you can add a neckband. I chose to make the short sleeved version, and as you can see I used a neckband to finish the neckline, as I love how this looks.
Yes, this pattern has pockets. It doesn't get any better. Despite using a walking foot to sew up this dress, I fear that I may have slightly stretched the edge of the pockets when topstitching them. Taking more time and care should avoid this happening next time.
Don't forget to use ball point pins or wonder clips when using any type of knit fabrics. You'll also need a ball point or stretch needle in your machine too. I also always use a rotary cutter and self-healing mat when cutting out knits, it's much easier than scissors and I find it gives a more accurate result.
Because I have made the dress so many times before, I knew the alterations that I needed to make, and already have the adjusted pattern pieces ready to use. I must be honest - I have lost weight since I made these measurements, so could probably do with adjusting them again, but basically I lengthened the bodice (unusually for me), by 2cm and added 3.5cm to the skirt length.
I am super pleased with how the dress has turned out. I am always on the look-out for green floral fabric and it's not always that easy to find, so I was really chuffed to have had the opportunity to make this dress with this wonderful fabric. Thank you so very much to Aga, for giving me the opportunity to work with her during her exciting website launch, and for providing me with such pretty fabric.
Which sewing pattern would you use with this fabric? I can't wait to see your makes!
Take care, and happy sewing,