KNIT MAXI DRESS | SIMPLICITY 8874
Hello there! Happy National Sewing Month! I hope you had a lovely Labor Day Weekend. As for me, I’m doing that “thing” again. I found a pattern that I love and I’ve sewn three versions already and planning to sew another one real soon. I’ve worn all three dresses and I can tell you that they will get more wear because I love them. Let me show you this knit maxi dress that I made with Simplicity 8874 so you can get this pattern.
I ran across Simplicity 8874 while at the fabric store recently and was drawn to the square neckline on the bodice of View A. I sewed that view first with a beautiful multicolor ITY Knit that has been in my fabric collection for some time now.
All the main seams were sewn on the Baby Lock Vibrant serger. The darts, neckband and armhole bands were sewn on the Baby Lock Soprano sewing machine.
I don’t usually add pockets when sewing with ITY Knit because it’s so flimsy. But I opted in on the pockets this time and they’re fine.
As you can see, from the envelope cover, this in an easy to sew pattern, so it’s beginner friendly. Each dress, except View B, uses seven pattern pieces. Because View B has a two-part sleeve and ties, there are nine pattern pieces. The pattern is sized for stretch knits only, like: Activewear Knits, Double Knit, Jersey, Spandex Blends, and Stretch Velvet. The Pick-A-Knit Rule on back of the pattern envelope will help you test the stretchability of your fabric.
You’ve probably heard me say that it’s best to practice matching prints, stripes, and plaids on simple patterns. Fabric choice is EVERYTHING! I really like stripes but you really need to take your time in the preparation and sewing steps. I’ve had this beautiful blue and white striped, rib knit in my fabric collection for a very long time. I sewed View D bodice with the long skirt. I skipped an important step in the cutting step and my stripes didn’t match up everywhere. I actually forgot to add my pockets because I was fussing so much with the stripes. But the dress still looks nice. All seams, except for shoulders were sewn on the sewing machine. The shoulder seams were serged.
I had planned on sewing View C next, with the sleeves, but I didn’t have enough of the fabric I chose. This is another ITY Knit from my collection that I love. I’ve actually used this fabric before on another maxi dress with McCall’s 7566. I’ll link to that dress at the end of this post. Since I didn’t have enough fabric this time, I sewed View D bodice with a long skirt again (excluding pockets again, on purpose).
You already know how much I love styling my DIY makes. I’ve shared that I usually style the garments before making them by matching the fabric with my accessories. When I chose this fabric, I knew immediately that I would wear the brown hat because it’s so perfect. You’ve seen me wear these high heel sandals a lot, and you’ll continue to see them in the future. They’re my favorite but only when I don’t have to do a lot of walking. I’ve mixed pearls with metals this time–a strand of pearls, big silver hoop earrings, silver and pearl bracelets. And I topped it off with one of my DIY clutch purses (see link for full tutorial at end of this post).
I wore this dress to church last Sunday and it was so comfortable. I wore the others to church also and they’re really nice to dress up or down. I wore flat sandals with this one on Sunday. I’m definitely making this again because one more knit maxi dress in my closet will make me happy.
I left the hem raw on all three dresses. If I decide to hem the next dress, I will extend the hem length during cutting because I like the finished length on the dress without the hem inserted. I used a triple Coverstitch on the neckline and armhole openings on the squared neckline. The other two dresses were finished with a wide coverstitch. I used my beautiful new Baby Lock Euphoria for the finishing. That machine is magical. I love it so much.
Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
Here are links to products, blog posts, and tutorials I mentioned in this post.
- Simplicity 8874
- KNIT Fabric Options
- Maxi Dress Blog Post | McCall’s 7566
- DIY Clutch Purse YouTube Video Tutorial
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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