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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A slouchy, comfortable dress!

New Look Misses' Knit Dress with Neckline & Length Variations  6298

Misses' easy Just 4 Knits dress is what you are looking for this season! Knit dress with options that include v or scoop neck, long or three-quarter sleeve, pockets & cut lines for length variation. 

I made view B--straight up!  

Ever since I made my Lola dress (you can see it here) I have been wanting another comfy, knit dress to wear to work.  I've had this ponte for quite a while and wondered what the heck I was going to do with it.  I mean it's pretty and all, but the print is pretty wild and hard to match, so I did what I thought would work and pick a pattern that would work with the fabric, instead of vice-versa.  

This ponte is nice, and the print is fun, especially if you like florals, which I do!  Pontes are so nice to work with and sometimes you want more than a solid colored garment.  I hope manufacturers will continue making more prints out of this wonderful fabric!  

So back to the pattern.  As I said previously, I made view B, without any modifications to the style but of course I made a few standard alterations to the fit.  :)  I made my usual 5/8" swayback adjustment and could have done just a tad more.  Also, after making my Bronte, one of the ultra helpful readers suggested a FBA using this tutorial.  Well, I finally did it!  I finally made a FBA that worked!  This was super easy to do and I don't have any wrinkles or drag lines.  Mind you, this dress isn't as fitted as the Bronte, but I think I am onto something with the way to make a FBA without adding a dart in a knit.  Not that it is that big of a deal, especially on a busy knit, but I don't always like it on a solid.  I will be experimenting with this technique more often!  

So, with the instructions, I did glance at them and I only deviated from them slightly as I thought it would be much easier to hem the sleeves prior to attaching them to the dress.  I knew the sleeves would be the correct length, or very close to it based on just trying them on.  I also had to take it in about an inch and a half from the armpits down.  I could have taken it in more but felt like I would loose the 'look' of the dress.  

This is really low cut and I will always being wearing a cami or tee underneath.  I like wearing layers, so it's okay.  I really love the patch pockets!  Awesome!  

I do like this dress but can't quit comparing it to how much I LOVE the Lola!  Honestly, I am not sure it is really worth the cost of the pattern if you have a casual knit dress pattern you already like.  

Thanks for reading!
Sue :)  


  1. You can't beat a loose fitting knit dress for comfort. Love the floral fabric and I'm sure this will be a very useful addition to your wardrobe.

    1. Thanks Margy! I am hoping this will work well for me!

  2. I really like this! It looks so cozy and the print is fun!

  3. Super cute and comfortable.. Can't beat that.. Happy sewing.

  4. You picked the perfect print for this dress! Love it!