My daughter lives in knit dresses. Even more now that she is in kindergarten, because she wants to be comfortable at school. If I ask her what she wants me to make she always says “soft and stretchy” dress. I LOVE my Grace pattern. It is so sweet, girly and twirly. I have been searching for a soft, drapey plaid to make a Christmas dress using the Grace pattern and have yet to find something I love. I have a lot of plaid knit in my stash, so thought, YES I will just make the Grace in knit! The sleeves really look beautiful in a soft, drapey fabric, so knit is perfect for this. I did a trial run this weekend of the Grace in knit and it is beautiful! For the bodice and skirt I used rayon spandex blends and for the sleeves I used a sweater knit.
You could make per tutorial in knit with the button back, but I didn’t want any closures so I adjusted a bit. VERY easy modification to do.
First choose size based on the finished chest measurement. Since the pattern is written for wovens, there is more ease then you will need if making in a knit. I like my knit dresses to have zero ease, so if your daughter’s chest is 21″ choose the width that the chest finishes closet to 21″. You may need to mash sizes for best fit, for example I made my daughter a 4 width and 6 length.
The back piece is the only piece that needs adjusted. First fold (or cut) your back piece 1.5″ along the back center. We don’t need the seam allowance or 1″ overlap here, so we need to remove!
Then cut your back piece and back lining piece on the fold.
Construction will be the same as pattern. The only change will be the when you stitch the lining to the main bodice, you will just attach at the neck, instead of at the neck and down the center back.
The skirt pieces are very full, cut at WOF (width of fabric) on a woven. That is 42″-44″ width. You can make less full if you like. I did ONE skirt WOF in knit, which is 58″-60″ on this one. You also won’t need to skirt placket since we aren’t doing the button placket. VERY fast now! I choose to leave my sleeves raw and unhemmed, but you could roll hem or hem per tutorial. That’s it! Easy peesy! I can’t wait to see all your knit Grace dresses!!
Cherry Parker says
Love the dress! What black knit do you use most often in your creations?