The sweater dress re-run

I try not to make the same pattern over and over again.  This is mainly due to the number of awesome pattern makers out there who design such beautiful patterns, most of which, I am desperate to try.

However, I made an exception here.

I made this dress for the first time last winter when I was freezing in Sydney. ¬†No-one ever believes it’s cold in Sydney. ¬†I suppose by the Northern Hemisphere standards, it’s not. ¬†It’s just that we aren’t set up for it and it often takes us by surprise. ¬†We are also often without central heating which means I needed to wear a blanket the entire time just to function.

This is the equivalent of said blanket, you can read all about this make here.


Onto my latest make.

The fabric:

I spotted the fabric in Faberwood’s online shop and ordered it after seeing Fiona (Queen Faberwood) wearing this pencil skirt. ¬†Check out her blog post all about it. ¬†How cool is that?

Photo: Faberwood

I am generally not a stripe kinda girl (I am sure there will be a collective intake of breathe here). I like a stripe but I don’t often wear them. ¬†This is a stripe fabric that I could not resist, a stripe on the diagonal. ¬†It has that Scandinavian contemporary cool feel about it.

The quality is exceptional. ¬†Something that I can always rely on with Fiona’s collections. The fabric is by Finnish brand, Ikasyr. It’s an organic jersey, mid weight stretch with great recovery.

My favourite part about this transaction was that Fiona delivered it to my Mum’s house in the UK (our Mum’s live minutes apart!) ¬†It was then passed to my in-laws and then brought over to Australia on their recent visit. ¬†It’s amazing what my family will do for my love of fabric.

The sleeve fabric was from The Cloth Shop in Melbourne, a super yummy grey stretch. I bought this piece many moons ago. ¬†It’s such good quality, I am kicking myself that I didn’t buy more.

The pattern:

The Sweater Dress by In the Folds¬†(for Peppermint Magazine) is a favourite. ¬†It was designed specifically with me in mind (it wasn’t, but I like to think so). ¬†It’s such an easy dress to wear, an easy dress to make and it fits me just perfectly. ¬†Oh yes, and it’s free!

As this is a re-run, I made no changes.  I cut a straight size 10.  I would normally grade out to a 12 but there is some volume around the hips which works for me.  It also has pockets and as with my first attempt, they sit flat!

Here it is;

It’s such an easy dress to wear, I put a layer or two underneath for extra warmth.
No pattern matching here!



Super happy with the fabric and the sleeve fabric matches a treat.

The added extra:

There is always the odd off-cut or scrap piece.  This is particularly helpful when you have a 5 year old.  He asked me for a Batman outfit for the school disco, who am I to refuse?

I managed to get a pair of True Bias, Mini Hudson shorts and a Titchy Threads, Safari Raglan tee¬†from my scraps. Of course, there was no pattern matching, nothing like it infact. ¬†The stripes are going off in all sorts of slightly odd angles. He doesn’t care and so neither do I.

I even rolled out the freezer paper and dabbed on some fabric paint for that Batman logo. ¬†Such an easy process, it’s quite addictive. For a quick ‘how to’ check out Wendy’s blog and for some major inspiration, check out Shelley’s blog, she is the master of freezer paper stencils.

Of course a little cape was required so I added some velcro to the tee and some elastic to  the arms so he could do some proper flapping,  which he did, endlessly!

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Here he is with his buddies at the school disco (thanks for the photo Kristie!)

Maybe just one more sweater dress before the winter is out….


The ultimate winter warmer!

Is it a raglan sleeve sweater in dress form? YES!  Hooray to that.

For a Sydney winter, it’s the right kind of cosiness and I am never taking it off!

When Emily of In the Folds told me she has designed a sweater dress pattern for Peppermint Magazine I was on it. ¬†I don’t need convincing to make a sweatshirt, especially when I know she has had her hand in designing it. ¬†Are there pockets involved? Why, yes!

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Image: Peppermint Magazine Sewing School

Have you ever seen the Peppermint Magazine Sewing School?  If not, you must check it out.  There are some beautiful patterns available and they are FREE!!

I have had a lovely navy blue sweatshirt fabric for a while (a charity store find, of course) and it was the perfect fabric for this pattern.  You can see a softer stretch is used above but I had a heavier version with more structure.  But I gave it a whirl all the same.

I had to do a little hack though, so I reverted to my final scraps of gold knit. ¬†You may be familiar with my gold knit. ¬†I made use of it once before on this sweater and as they say, ‘if it ain’t broke…’. ¬†The gold is perfect with the navy blue and I had just enough for the shoulder hack.


It’s super easy to add this shoulder detail. ¬†All you have to do is measure from the base of your neck to the tip of your shoulder. ¬†For me it’s 12cm. ¬†Fold the sleeve pattern piece in half and match the arm hole points, then draw a line at this centre point to 12cm. Now¬†graduate a curve, making it as deep or shallow as you like.¬†Add¬†seam allowance to both of your new pattern pieces. As I am no pattern maker, this isn’t an exact science, but it worked for me!

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un-ironed gold loveliness!

I was quite intrigued by the pockets. ¬†I wasn’t convinced that pockets would sit well. ¬†I have never sewn an inseam pocket in sweatshirt fabric before. ¬†I thought they wouldn’t sit flat but they do! ¬†It’s this little tip that makes them sit down. ¬†The devil is in the detail as they say.

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Image: In the Folds/Peppermint Magazine

I didn’t have quite enough fabric on one pocket so I had a do a little patch up job. ¬†It’s well inside the pocket so not visible from the outside.


This pattern is incredibly easy. ¬†Definitely a good place to start for those beginners who¬†fancy their hand at stretch. ¬†You can sew this on a standard machine. I didn’t though, I used the overlocker for my seams.

I made one final change, I decided against the hem band.  I think it was the right choice with this thicker fabric.  Instead, I just overlocked the hem and turned it up once.  I even used a standard needle and straight stitch (eek) on my sewing machine.  I know, I am such a rebel.  But it worked a treat.

So here it is in it’s full glory




A blurred portrait shot is so much more flattering when you are over 40 me thinks!!

Sometimes it’s nice to be able to smash out a dress in an hour or two. ¬†This is my new winter wardrobe. ¬†Lets see how many I can cobble together with my remaining scraps….