I’m in the midst of learning how to pattern draft and have been envious of all of your lovely makes. I stayed in last night and decided I needed to make a fun, fast, and satisfying project. I pulled out McCalls 7445 and made view A, a “semi-fitted pullover top with V-neck.” I didn’t want to make a muslin so I decided to go with a size 8 based on the final pattern measurements. If I make this sweater again I’m going to go up a few sizes and add some length to achieve a more oversized look. My sweater ended up being too cropped to wear with jeans so I decided to make a simple tank dress to wear underneath and to treat the top as a matching shell. To learn more about these two garments, read on.
This sweater was made with this gem of a pattern:
I needed something quick and easy and this sweater fit the bill. It was completed in under two hours. I didn’t have any knit fabric on hand that I wanted to use so I went to Joann’s. They didn’t have a great selection but I found this navy knit with an interesting geometric detail and it was on sale for only $5/yard. I bought 3 1/2 yards altogether because I made a dress, too. So for less than $20 I have a new sweater and dress.
My finished sweater was unfortunately too cropped to wear with any pants, lest I wanted my midriff hanging out, which I assure you I do not. I originally thought to myself, “well, fuck it. It only cost me $5 to make.” And I was going to toss it. But then I decided it might look cute if I made a matching dress to wear underneath and then this could be a shell top.
So I went back to Joann’s this morning and bought a couple of more yards of this fabric. I made a basic tank top dress using the methodology described here. The dress turned out fine enough but I thought it needed something a little extra. So I added a peplum hem following this easy tutorial by Fashion Behind the Seams. Now this dress is no longer basic.
She’s a bit snug on me, though. I’m a little bit self-conscious about all the lumps and bumps that show through. Except for my ass bumps.
Those are good.
But it appears I’ve put on a bit of weight. Apparently my body can no longer sustain weekends of heavy drinking, weekly pizzas, and an otherwise sedentary lifestyle. There was no problem with my lifestyle ages 16 to 26. But now that I’m pushing 30 I’m going to have to change. *Sigh* I guess I’ll have to “work out” and “eat healthy.” I’ll worry about that tomorrow . . .
My boyfriend says he prefers the dress on its own without the sweater combo. It’s too cold to wear alone right now, though. I do quite like this dress on its own.
I started digging through my closet and I found a funky high-waisted skirt that I bought last year at Buffalo Exchange in Minneapolis. I think it pairs well with the sweater. What do you think?
And then if I feel like letting my belly peek out I can just raise my arms a little like so:
(Let’s be honest this photo shoot is really all about my hair.)
It felt satisfying to work with an easy knit. No zippers. No buttons. No screwing around with a perfect fit. I finished every single raw edge using the rolled hem feature on my serger. So. Freaking. Easy. But now that I’m done I have to get back to learning how to pattern draft. I’d love to know what you guys think, though. Do you like the dress and sweater worn together? Or are they better as separates?