Baby it’s cold outside! Time for sweater dresses. This is one of the new Fall 2020 releases from New Look patterns. It features dropped shoulders and ribbed cuffs on the sleeves. There are two views from which to choose: View A – short stand up neck and patch pockets OR View B – cowl neck and side seam pockets. I chose to sew View A.
The neckline on my dress doesn’t stand up as straight as the pattern photo shows, but that is because my fabric has a substantial drape. If I were to sew this again with this same fabric, I would interface the neck piece so it would have more stability. That said, it still looks good and does not affect the wearability of the dress.
The neckline from View A allows for bold jewelry or scarves to be added without interfering with your accessories:
I chose the size 16, but I wish I would have gone with the 14. My dress fits great in the hips, but it is big in the bust/armhole area. If I sew another dress from this pattern, I will go down a size in the shoulder and bust area and just grade up a size toward the hips. I will also add bust darts, which would give the upper body some nice shaping.
The fabric is a boucle sweater knit from Stylemaker Fabrics (from last season).
All in all, I consider this a successful make and I plan to wear it throughout the winter.
If you are interested, I posted a video on my YT channel:
I would love to hear your thoughts on sewing with sweater knits. Please leave a comment.
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