FLEECE DRESS - KNOW ME 2007

In all the years I’ve been sewing, I have never sewn a fleece dress. Why? Because the words “fleece” and “dress” didn’t seem to belong in the same sentence for me. Fleece was reserved for sweatshirts, sweatpants and hoodies, in my opinion. That all changed when I ran across the pattern I’m discussing today. I knew immediately what type of fleece I would use–not your everyday, typical, crafting fleece. Let’s get into this project.

FLEECE DRESS

Pattern Information

KNOW ME 2007 is from the KNOW ME BY MIMI G pattern line. It was designed by Marcia with Keechi B Style. It’s a knit dress with an exposed separating zipper; inseam side pockets; front yoke; contrasting rib knit collar, sleeve bands and midriff. View A is a maxi length with short sleeve bands, and View B is just below the knee with long sleeve bands.

FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS

The pattern is available in both PRINT and PDF. The company suggests an AVERAGE (Intermediate) sewing skill. However, if you are an ADVANCED BEGINNER, I do believe you will be able to follow the instructions to complete the dress.

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While I didn’t follow the order of the pattern instructions, I did read through them and they’re straight-forward and simple to follow. Also, if you need more guidance, Marcia created a Sew Along on the Know Me Patterns YouTube Channel.

Inside the Garment

Let’s take a look at the inside of the garment. Although this was an easy project for me, I still took my time to make sure the inside of the garment looks neat and polished. In fact, I made a mistake on the collar and took it apart for a do-over. I could have worn it anyway, but I kept looking at it and it was bothering me.  I’m not kidding you when I say that I woke up at 4:30 in the morning, two days later, with that collar on my mind. I knew at that point, I needed to rip it out and re-install. I’m so glad I did because it looks much better and I have peace of mind. Hahaha! Yeah, it’s that serious sometimes. 

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However, the zipper is another story. I want you to look closely at the bumps near the seams on the outside of this zipper installation. The reason I’m pointing this out is because I want my new beginners to see the issue. The reason the bumps are there is because there is too much bulk where the seams intersect. This issue can be prevented by reducing the bulk on the horizontal seams at the edge before installing your zipper. You can simply grade the seam allowances (cut seam layers in graduated lengths). This is also an easy fix after the insertion. I can remove the stitching at the horizontal seams, grade them, and sew the zipper back down. I will probably do that in the future because I keep looking at it — but I was lazy and didn’t feel like it when I finished the zipper.

FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS

Fabric Options

The pattern envelope suggests the following fabrics: Moderate stretch knits only, such as: Double Knit, Ponte, Scuba, Sweatshirt Fleece and Terry Knit for the bodice and skirt of the dress. Rib Knit is recommended for the contrasting midriff, sleeve bands, and collar. I used this beautiful Bamboo Cotton Fleece and Bamboo Cotton Baby Rib Knit from Core Fabrics. This is the most cozy fleece with a beautiful drape, making it a great choice for the dress. I wouldn’t ever choose fleece to sew a dress, but because I had worked with this particular fabric in the past, I knew it would yield a fashionable outcome rather than a craft project look.

The bonus is that the rib knit is the same color as the fleece. I absolutely love finding different fabric textures with identical color matches. Core Fabrics has the fleece and rib knit in multiple colors too. I think it would be great for winter pajamas or loungewear.

Notions Information

The only notion listed on the pattern envelope is a 30″ Separating Zipper. I couldn’t find it at my local fabric store, so I ordered one from WAWAK. However, I ordered a 36″ zipper with the intention of extending the zipper on my dress by a few inches to the knees. When I received the zipper, I decided to use its full length and it worked out perfectly. Since this dress will be worn in the cooler months, I like having the front closed up more. But let me tell you about this particular zipper. It’s COLD against the body! Hahaha! It has metal teeth, so if you’re not wearing a full undergarment or tights, prepare to feel the zipper. I never considered that when I ordered a metal zipper. This zipper is typically used in outerwear (coats and jackets).

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Alterations Information

The pattern sizes range from Size 8 (40.5″ bust, 24″ waist, 36″ hit) – to – Size 26 (57″ bust, 40.5″ waist, 52″ hip). I cut a Size 10 (41.5″ bust, 25″ waist, 35″ hip). I did not make any alterations on the pattern before cutting. However, because the rib knit has a lot of stretch, I ended up taking the waist in 1″ at the side seams, which was a total of 4″ removed.

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In her YouTube video, Marcia recommends using Rib Knit Trim because it’s thicker. I agree with her suggestion. If you can’t find a rib trim to match the color of your main fabric, perhaps a contrasting color would look nice. Or, you can opt for a thicker rib knit fabric, not necessarily a trim. Here is a GREAT RIB KNIT to consider (pictured below). I’ve made two dresses with it and the stretch and recovery is excellent.

I raised the pocket position by two inches. When I basted the side seams for testing the zipper, I included one pocket. It was too low for my comfort. Also, I left the pocket seam allowances raw to prevent any extra bulk or imprint from showing through the dress.

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FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS

These are not alterations but I do want to share the construction order that I followed since I needed to test my zipper length before installation. This is also a great procedure to follow when you’re sewing a dress with lots of details and you want to check fit before sewing your side seams together. However, if you sew a Muslin (practice garment) first, you will know, in advance, if the garment will fit.

  1. Before I started sewing, I stabilized the center front edges of the bodice, midriff, skirt, and yoke pieces.
  2. Then I attached the front yokes to the bodice fronts to create the full bodice pieces.
  3. I attached the midriff fronts to the bodice and skirt fronts.
  4. Following the same procedure, I attached the midriff back to the bodice and skirt backs.
  5. Next, I attached the front dress section to back dress section at the shoulders.
  6. Using straight pins, I pinned the sides together, basted the seams, and tried on the dress to test fit and the zipper length. This is when I decided to use the full zipper instead of shortening it.
  7. I installed the zipper and sewed in the permanent side seams.
  8. After the side seams were installed, I sewed the sleeve bands and attached them to the sleeves.
  9. The final steps were installing the collar and hemming the skirt of the dress. I stabilized the skirt before hemming.
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FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS

Styling Options

Now for the fun part. I think most of us really enjoy styling our DIY garments. When I’m looking at patterns and fabrics, I’m already styling the garment in my head. But before cutting into the fabric I always take my fabric into the closet to style the garment. This process gets me really excited about the finished garment. I really do dance in the mirror sometimes after I finish a garment. But I’ve also danced in advance while styling in my closet before sewing. Hahaha!!! True story!

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STYLING OPTION 1

I styled the dress with my gold studded, copper colored clogs. They were a perfect color match for the dress, and the studs matched the gold zipper pull and teeth. I wore a crossbody bag that gave it a more casual vibe. My jewelry was simple — a pair of 3-tiered gold earrings, a ring trio and thin, gold bracelet.

FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS

STYLING OPTION 2

When it’s really cold outside, I love this dress paired with my thigh-high, black boots and black crossbody bag. I wore a pair of teardrop earrings and the same rings and bracelet. I will definitely throw on a jacket and scarf with the boots before heading out the door.

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FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS
FLEECE DRESS

What do you think?

Which styling option do you like best? Would you wear this dress? I would love to hear your feedback. Scroll to the very bottom of this page to leave a comment.

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  1. Morlina

    Anita, I love that outfit. The way you style your garments are beautiful! I love the option with the crossbody bag and the cooper colored boots. I would definitely wear this dress. Wishing you a blessed Christmas and much happiness for the coming year.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you, Morlina! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  2. June W

    The dress looks amazing. I would never in a million years think of making a fleece dress but now I have to give some serious consideration to doing just that. Thank you Anita for showing us this fabulous option and helping us think outside the box.

  3. Hettie

    I would definitely wear this dress. I love styling option 2 with the black boots.

  4. Diana

    Yes indeed!!! I would wear THIS fleece dress, probably in a rich red or deep navy. Will there be a tutorial?

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh my goodness! Red and Navy would both look amazing. I didn’t create a tutorial, but the designer did. I left a link to the YouTube channel in the post.

  5. Ronda Olson

    Your makes are all awesome! And I always learn from you! My fav is the boots and black bag.

  6. Delores

    Gorgeous, I love your color choice.

  7. lynne

    WOW if only i had your figure to make look so good

  8. De

    Unbelievable! I’ve never considered a fleece dress – jackets, vests, hats, throws – yes. But never a dress. This is fantastic. Again, your sewing is impeccable – inside and out. I’d like to wear this dress with the boots. I saw a zipper on the My Handmade Space site I would like to see on this dress. Without a doubt, this dress is a must-have for chilly temperatures. Another winner!
    Thanks, Anita!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh De, you’ve gotta try this dress. When I tell you it’s comfortable, I mean COMFORTABLE!!! I wore it today and I felt like I was wrapped in a cozy blanket while looking fabulous. YES, it’s a great pattern.

  9. Maureen

    Anita, the dress looks beautiful on you, and you did a beautiful job on it. I like the rust shoes with the cream bag. Would I wear this dress,- No. I haven’t worn a dress for 20 years and since I have trouble walking, I can’t wear shoes with any type of a heel. Thank you for sharing this pattern with us though.

  10. Candy Pickert

    Love the dress. Looks beautiful on you. I’m afraid it wouldn’t look that good on me.

  11. Carla

    Black boots and purse, makes this dress a good pair. Stunning dress. Hope the fleece stays good after washes.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Carla! I think the fleece will hold up well. I made a 2-piece set with the same fabric and it washed up real nice with no change or peeling on the fabric.

  12. Elizebeth

    I absolutely would wear this! I love that it’s so very warm on cold days. Great idea for my next project.

    1. Anita Morris

      I wore it all day today, Elizebeth, and it was comfy and cozy. I love it so much for cooler weather.

  13. Brenda Staley

    My dear you did an amazing job of explaining your process. The dress is beautiful, INSIDE AND OUT! I love your attention to detains and appreciate your recommendations. GREAT JOB👍🏽

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, Brenda! Thank you for appreciating the details. I love sharing the details and it takes time. But it’s worth it when it’s appreciated.

  14. Kathelia

    I love the dress very while made. I like both styles.

  15. Patricia Reid - Williams

    Hi Anita…The dress is nice and I like it with the boots. I had thought about making a fleece dress to the point that I sketched one. The difference in the one I sketched was that it had different pockets and the sleeves were more Doman with no zipper and a little more sporty but can be deessed up. I play with a lot of ideas and sketch them and hopefully soon I’ll act on these sketches.

    1. Anita Morris

      Patricia, your dress sounds amazing! Yes, you should put those sketches to the test. Let’s go, sis!

  16. Debra Everett

    I love it .

  17. Suzanne Pavluk

    The dress is smashing! In respo se to your email heading “Would You Wear a Fleece Dress?” No I would not. Actually I have no fleece at all. I am not into fleece BUT I sure can appreciate and admire beautiful fleece pieces.
    Great job.
    Suzanne

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you Suzanne! I can totally understand and respect your position. It’s a NO on fleece! 😂 There are fabrics that I won’t wear that I can admire on others too. I LOVE that we get to choose every detail of our garments with our craft.🤗

  18. Linda

    Your instructions are always impeccable. I love reading your project blogs. You have such a classy style. My favorite part is your tips along the way. I always learn something new from you. Thank you for sharing your talents with us!

    1. Anita Morris

      Linda!!!! Thank you so much for your feedback, sister! I really appreciate that you read the blog posts. Thank you for confirming that the details I include are helpful to the readers. My heart is blessed.

  19. Kim

    First I have to say that the fit is wonderful and you certainly look just fabulous. The match on the rib to the main fabric is spot on. Who would ever have thought fleece would look so good as a real dress. I love how you left the inside finish off on the pockets so they wouldn’t show through so much. I love all the looks and the I think the clogs are perfect with it.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, Kim! I love the fleece and rib knit match so much.

  20. Patricia

    It’s beautiful. I might not ever have thought to make a dress in fleece. At first I thought the clogs would be too casual but they work perfectly. I like that you show the inside of your garments. I’m working on making my insides look as good as the outside. On another note, sometimes I just read your blogs for inspiration and comfort. I lost my sister, also named Anita, to cancer in 2021. We taught a beginner’s sewing class at the church. Thank you for sharing your story and your gifts!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh my goodness, Patricia! I’m so very sorry to hear about your sister. What a treasure of memories you must have teaching sewing with her. You touched my heart by saying you read the blog posts for inspiration and “comfort.” I pray that your heart will continue to be comforted and that God will supply all your needs in every area of your life.

  21. Bonita

    Anita, I love the fleece dress you made!!! I’m definitely a boots person so that style got my vote. I have lots of fleece so it may be time to try making this dress…when I have spare it. Your attention to detail is amazing. I love that you show us the inside of the finished garment as well as give us sewing tips and how to style it with different accessories. Wishing you and your family a joyous holiday season and all the best throughout the new year.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Bonita! Yeeesss, put that fleece to work! 🤗 Thank you for letting me know that you appreciate the details I share in the blog posts. I really enjoy writing the posts. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 💕

      1. Bonita

        Hi Anita. Sorry for the delayed response to your reply. I appreciate you taking time from your busy schedule to reply to my message. Thanks for your well-wishes too! 🥰

  22. Kimberley E Oliver

    Absolutely beautiful, Anita

  23. Laraine Longinetti

    I love, love this dress! It looks fabulous on you! I would wear this dress, the zipper looks to be a cream color, I would do cream colored heels and purse, how fun!

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you, Lariaine! Yes, the zipper is cream colored. I’m on the lookout for cream colored boots. They would look amazing with the dress.

  24. Velvetta

    Anita, I love the fleece dress. Sometimes we have to step out the box with creative ideas. You did a great job.

  25. Pat Wynn

    Beautiful dress, beautiful job and you are so elegant. You make garment sewing seen so flawless and easy. I have too many bumps and lumps to wear this dress but I would if I had the body and the height for it.

  26. Peggy Johnson

    Good morning Anita. I pray u r well. Your email asked if I would wear a fleece dress. That dress is absolutely beautiful and I would wear one but not in this season of my life. By the time Mr. Flash hit, first name “Hot”, that dress might get ripped off 😆. It’s gorgeous and it looks amazing on u. I love the pattern. Would u offer another fabric suggestion for it? Thanks so much.

    1. Anita Morris

      Peggy!!!!! 😂🤣😂 Mr. Flash won’t let you be great in fleece? LOL! I laughed so loud at the thought of you ripping the dress ooff. 😂 Maybe you could try a lightweight sweater knit, or a double knit.

  27. Gwendolyn Styles

    Hello Anita! Hey as always, good stitching girl! I like this pattern a lot. I wonder how it would look with a pair of sneakers(hummm).

    1. Anita Morris

      Gwendolyn, I think it would look great with sneakers. I actually wondered the same thing while I was making the dress.

  28. Nikki

    Love this make, as usual!! I have this pattern and now it’s bumped up on my pattern list. I’m thinking a sleek black French Terry dress with coordinating rib from See You At Six’s new release. You are always such an inspiration, Ms. Anita!

    1. Anita Morris

      Oh my goodness! French Terry! Come on with the cozy fabric choice. I would love to see it when you finish.

  29. Lynette R Patrice

    Absolute perfection! This is the perfect dress paired with the fleece fabric. Great job in showing and explaining the details in the photos. It was very clear.

    Since my feet are probably too big for clogs 😅, I would definitely wear the boots. The clogs look great on you.

    Thanks again sis

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much, sis. So glad to hear you appreciate the details. I wore the boots with the dress today and loved it so much.

  30. Sandy

    This is so cute

  31. Bronzetta Rivers

    Very chic 😍and Yes I would wear a fleece dress