This floral sweatshirt dress was intended to be a pattern hack on the Ruffled PJs pattern from OUSM. But it turned into something totally different. I’m coining the term “pattern morph” for when your hack ends up so far from the pattern that it’s hardly recognizable.
I used sweatshirt fabric from Girl Charlee. It’s not too stretchy; and sews almost like a woven. I subtracted 2″ from the center back and re-shaped the neckline for ribbing, eliminating the buttons. I added 9″ length to the bodice; and used ribbing for the sleeves and hem. That’s it!
For the Holiday Jammas pattern tour next week, I’ll show you the Ruffled PJs closer to their true form. But for now you can see how versatile this pattern is. If you aren’t into drafting (I’m not) and you want a good bodice, sleeve, and pants block, these are a great jumping off point. The nice clean lines are easy to lengthen, shorten, flare out, or taper. All you need is a ruler!
My favorite thing about this dress is the shoulder detail. It’s a sequin trim I got at Hobby Lobby. This stuff is going to be great for stabilizing shoulders on sweaters and super stretchy tees.
I used a new stitch function for topstitching. It goes over each straight stitch three times, which makes topstitching really stand out. I wanted a kind of industrial look so I used khaki thread to contrast against the black. I’m not sure if I pulled it off or not!
I’m dying for a cover stitch machine though; wouldn’t that be so cute around the neckline?!
A coverstitch and my Babylock serger will have to wait a while. Santa isn’t rich, you know!