Making a cosy Sweater Dress

A Cosy Sweater Dress made in Cable Knit using a FREE Pdf Pattern.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2022 finds you all well. We've gone into the New Year with snow on the ground here in Northumberland, UK so I'm looking for cosy, warm, easy-to-wear outfits. We're not under lockdown in England but there's still a strong air of caution (we're all wearing masks still) and my husband and I are avoiding going out as much as possible. I have so many hand-made clothes that I love, hanging in my wardrobe, that I've decided to make a real effort to dress 'nicely' each day and enjoy the clothes I've made even if I'm not going anywhere.

Even though I haven't posted recently I've still been sewing here and there. A project that I really enjoyed was making table mats (placemats). I bought Christmas themed fat quarters from Hobbycraft and made six reversible table mats following a youtube video by Jordan Fabrics. They are really simple but looked effective on my Christmas table. I also made a new set using the Winter Solstice fabric from Dunelm which I'm equally thrilled with. I now plan to make Spring, Summer and Autumn versions too!

Other sewing has included another Staycation Dress from Ellie & Mac (still on sale as I write this); this time in Day of the Dead Cotton Jersey fabric purchased from Pound Fabrics. I was a little disappointed with this fabric - I love the design and colours but the fabric is still quite stiff after a few washes and doesn't drape how I'd expected it to.

staycation jersey skull dress ellie and mac pdf pattern

I also purchased some Cable Knit Jersey in a beautiful deep plum colour from Pound Fabrics. I'm really pleased with this - it is so soft to the touch and the raised cable design is a great detail. I knew when I chose this fabric what I wanted to make with it - a cosy Sweater Dress!

I chose to make a Jersey Dress - a FREE pdf pattern by In The Folds in collaboration with Peppermint magazine. It's worth checking out their website as there are many free patterns to try.

... a simple and modern sweater dress with a comfortable and relaxed fit. It features raglan sleeves and in-seam pockets, along with neck band, hem band and sleeve cuffs...

The Jersey Dress is drafted to be sewn with mid-weight knit fabrics with at least 20% stretch. I cut a size 14 out of two metres of 1.5 metre wide fabric. The sizing on this pattern is pretty limited, though, ranging from AUS/UK 8-16 which is US/CAN 4-12.

cable knit sweater jersey dress in the folds peppermint magazine

The Jersey Dress tutorial is easy to follow with nicely illustrated instructions. There are good tips for printing the pattern and preparing your fabric. There are shorten/lengthen lines on the main pattern pieces which is helpful. I took 1.5" out of the length of the sleeves.

Construction of the Jersey Dress is quick and simple and this pattern is certainly suitable for a beginner. I originally added the band to the hem of this dress but I didn't like how wavy it was - even after plenty of steaming with my iron - perhaps I'd stretched it too much when sewing? I cut the band off along with another 3" and feel that this length is much more flattering on me.

cable knit sweater jersey dress in the folds peppermint magazine

I love my new Jersey Sweater Dress and it is so comfortable and warm. I have been wearing it for a few days in a row now which is making me wonder if I should buy more of this cable knit in a different colour. A small issue I am aware of is that I've already got some bobbling on the sleeves - it doesn't show too much because of the raised cable pattern so I'm hoping that it remains minimal.

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My name is Joanne and I love to sew. Here I'll be sharing my hand-made makes and giving my honest opinion on pdf patterns and how easy they are to understand and construct.