KitchyKoo after seeing a few great versions and realising that for the past few months I've kept reaching for the only knit dress in my wardrobe - an op shop find from a while ago. There's something about being able to throw on a snugly warm dress, some tights, boots and a scarf that really works for me in winter.
Anyway, this pattern was perfect: quick, easy, long sleeves (although there are also short sleeved and 3/4 sleeve variations) and a bike-friendly skirt. Did I mention quick? I reckon this took me about 3 hours from taping the pages together to finishing the thing, although I haven't actually hemmed the skirt yet, so let's say 3 and a half. Not bad.
The fabric is a cheapo navy cotton double knit that from Brunswick fabrics. Most of the construction was done on the over locker apart from attaching the elastic to the shoulders and twin stitching the neckline. The sleeves are finished with bands, like the Renfrew which I wasn't sure of at first but now I think I rather like. There are clear instructions but I was feeling dangerous and didn't really look at them. What can I say? I'm getting cocky when it comes to sewing knits. Actually I did notice that the technique for attaching the neckband was different to the way that I've done it before: you sew one shoulder seam then attach the neckband before attaching the other shoulder seam. I'm now completely sold on this way of doing knit necklines and have used it again on a couple more Renfrews (yet to be blogged).
Oh and I also realised that I should have stabilised the waistband with clear elastic which doesn't matter too much on this fabric but would be a good idea on something more stretchy.
The fit is pretty good. I cut the size 3 and probably could have gone a little smaller in the shoulders as there is some excess fabric there. There is a little bit of wrinkling at the back and the dress will be a little shorter once I get round to hemming it but overall, very wearable.
So there you go, a comfy knit dress for winter and easy to dress up with a scarf or other neck adornment. I see more of these appearing in the not so distant future.
Pattern: Lady Skater by Kitchykoo (PDF download) $9
Fabric: 2m of navy double knit from Brunswick fabrics $6
Thread: From stash
Thanks to lovely Ines from Humble habit for taking the pics :)