I love how woven fabric dresses look but in our household knit fabrics are much more practical. I literally never iron (with the exception of ironing my stabilizer on fabric to make an application). So when I have to choose what I prefer on my daughters, a knit dress or an extremely wrinkly woven, I usually choose the knit version. I say usually because it happens that my kid goes to school in a dress that looks like she slept in it (but even if I would have ironed it is would look like that after half a day of play anyway, right?).
I love the
Louisa dress, and have been planning to make a woven version for long (I
even already own several fabric combinations that I picked out for this
dress especially), but I have not come around to do it. Two months ago I
did sew a Louisa from knit for my middle daughter. The dress was a bit
wide but she likes wearing it. Yesterday I decided to make another knit
Louisa, but this time for my eldest. She is very slim and I let her put
on her younger siblings version and (besides the length) it fitted
perfectly. I therefor reused the old cut paper pattern pieces and
lengthened the whole thing to create a knee length dress (I am lazy like
that remember my ironing confession). With hindsight I should have
redrawn the pattern using the original pattern, the extra pieces are a
bit too low. This is why pattern go through a lot of testing before they
are released... Well the dress will be in rotation for at least a whole
year (she can easily grow 15 cm in it so probably two years wont be a
problem either) so the fit will become better in the future.
Oh and how she loves that big pocket!
This time I did use piping between the layers,
instead a bias. I put an elastic cord in the piping to maintain
stretch. The sewing of the pipping was quite a struggle. I first wanted
to try out the pipping foot of my serger but a thick pipping in
combination with stretchy knit did not work (this might be solved by
practicing more). Then I tried a stretch stitch combined with my zipper
foot on my normal machine. This again was not a winning combination
either. I ended up using a three layered stitch on my sewing machine.
This is not stretchy but it is strong and I was able to sew close to the
For the fabric I used three different Lillestoffs.
The relatively solid pink is a stretchy jeans look knit (ideal for
winter because it is a bit thicker), the flower is organic "normal"knit
and the pipping is a piece of woman's fabric I used for my I [heart] Marcel Marlier sew along dress as well (also
My daughter found a weed on our usual picture spot and
she (less lazy as me) had to remove it. She removed it professionally
with roots and asked me if we could plant it back... My little