Sew Over It Ultimate shit dress

A knit ultimate shift dress with Girl Charlee

sew over it ultimate shift dress using knit fabric

Guys, I am in love with this shape and fabric combination. It’s a pretty sassy shift (always a winner) but… and here’s the best part…. it’s made in a sweatshirt knit fabric. Hello!

It’s like the dress equivalent of business Uggs. Could that even be a thing?

Whatever, I’m sold.

sew over it ultimate shift dress using knit fabric

This is actually my second time making this dress – a knit Sew Over It ultimate shift dress. The first was made up in some cheapo knit which piled immediately. Literally on its first wearing. Sad.

So that went unblogged. But I couldn’t get the idea of the dress out of my mind. I even started canvassing for knit suppliers on Instagram.

sew over it ultimate shift dress using knit fabric

After some dedicated fabric stalking, I found this buttery sweatshirt knit from Girl Charlee UK. For a sweatshirt knit, it’s got a pretty awesome drape, don’t you think?

Well, people at work really love it – I’ve been getting loads of compliments on it (though I immediately ruin my professional street cred by gushing that it’s really a sweatshirt in disguise).

sew over it ultimate shift dress using knit fabric

I made a few changes to adjust the pattern for knits (details below) but everything came together really quickly. Sweet.

And because sharing is caring, the lovely people at Girl Charlee UK are offering one lucky Randomly Happy reader 2m of any fabric of their choice. Nice one, eh? There’s a few ways to enter but it’s open to one and all (yup, international readers can hop on board).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Can’t wait? Well, use code HAPPY15 for 15% until Wednesday November 18th.

PS for more knit goodness you can spot a stripy inari tee, also made up using some delicious Girl Charlee UK French terry.

The fabric for this make was kindly provided by Girl Charlee UK (because they’re nice like that). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Fact. 

Pattern: Sew Over It ultimate shift dress

Fabric: navy sweatshirt knit c/o Girl Charlee UK

sew over it ultimate shift dress using knit fabric

What changes did you make to the pattern or construction?

I could have sized down since I was using knit, but I cut a straight size 10. This was always going to be a work dress so I didn’t want anything too tight.

On my last dress I ended up pulling in fabric at the back centre seam to reduce the extra fabric (good ol sway back). This time I used the first dress to adjust the pattern piece before cutting into the fabric. I’d love to learn how to do the sway back as a standard adjustment though, so if you know of any good tutorials…

I sewed the whole thing up on my serger – yay for quick projects. I inserted the sleeves in the flat which was pretty quick. I just had to be a bit careful with the sleeve heads – these are drafted for woven fabrics so have a lot more ease built into them. I pinned the sleeves from the side seam up, leaving the sleeve heads till last. Then I tried to ease in as much of the sleeve fabric as possible, leaving about a 1/2″ excess at the top.

I used a self-drafted neckband to finish the neckline (no close up pictures I’m afraid). I was a bit worried the look would be a bit too sporty, but I think it finished of the neck nicely.

What did you learn?

I’m starting to realise that adjusting patterns at the pattern stage before cutting out the fabric saves so much time (and pin related injuries).

What are you most proud of?

I’m getting much more confident with my knit finishes. Which is nice, considering how much I was scared of working with knits when I first started out (proof that anyone can use knits!)

What will you do differently next time?

I’m really keen to use this pattern for a raglan sleeve dress (similar to this dress). Maybe a linden mash up is on the cards?

  1. Reply

    Good grief! 2m of fabric!? Yes please!

    1. Reply

      I know, right? Lots of ways to enter so do look at the Rafflecopter link

  2. Reply

    I always wanted to try a shift dress and a knit version is a really good idea. 🙂

    1. Reply

      Thanks. It's basically the most comfortable dress I've ever owned. Super warm too!

  3. Reply
    Leon Watkins

    love the colour would definitely be using something similar.

  4. Reply
    Nathalie Sews

    So many options… but I think I like this one the best Black Mauve Scattered Spots Baby Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric

  5. Reply
    Nique Etienne

    The hounds tooth ponte is dreamy

  6. Reply
    Nique Etienne

    The hounds tooth ponte is dreamy

  7. Reply

    This dress is great! I am currently working on sewing a work wardrobe and I think this would be a great addition. Love it!

  8. Reply
    Rebecca Woodward

    I love this, it looks so smart! I hadn't thought to use woven patterns for a knit fabric, may give that a go!

  9. Reply

    This looks so comfy and smart at the same time – great choice! I'd love to enter – I would love to go for one of the bright sweatshirt fabrics – maybe the coral?

  10. Reply

    Amen to pyjamas disguised as a dress. I have several of those and wouldn't mind to add to the collection!
    Love this version on you! Lovely giveaway 🙂

  11. Reply

    Ooh they have some lovely ponti I have been lusting after!

  12. Reply

    Genius idea! Fingers crossed I win so I can copy 😉

  13. Reply
    Sarah Shannon

    This is absolutely what I need to make for my work wardrobe too.
    I'm eyeing up a nice plain black ponte on Girl Charlee's website… 🙂

  14. Reply

    I'd love some Rose Red Cotton Jersey Sweatshirt Fleece Knit

  15. Reply

    Wow, I think I'd have to go with the Leaf Green version of your sweatshirt fleece fabric (model SS-1031). I would love a dress just like this one, great job.

  16. Reply
    Becky Pelletier

    I would love to yet some of their sweatshirt knit. I order from the "normal" girl charlee and have never been anything but pleased!

  17. Reply
    Claire Judd

    Great dress. I'd love to try a sweatshirt inari tee dress

  18. Reply
    Shannon Phillips

    I really like the Modern Air Prairie Stripe. Your dress looks so comfy-I love to be comfortable but not look like a slob and I think the that dress fits the bill!

  19. Reply

    The Bold Feathers on White Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric is definitely what I'd choose

  20. Reply
    Aran Lovs

    I´ve just loved the dress!
    It´s amazing how it fits you! Like a glove 🙂 and I think it is also because of the fabric, sometimes the perfect fabric makes a difference!

    And to finish, an amazing give away! 2m of fabric! OMG!! 😀

  21. Reply

    I love this! Beautiful dress and the colour looks great on you.

    Also: 2 meters of free fabric? I'm in! Girl Charlee have so many amazing knits and I've always envied all the US bloggers who shop there. Didn't know their fabric was available in Europe, too. Good to know.

  22. Reply
    A Martin

    My wish list would include the Grey Red Euro Floral Cotton Jersey Knit Fabric!

  23. Reply

    Gorgeous dress!! I need to try this now. Thankyou for the chance of winning the fab prize!

  24. Reply
    Jennifer Hill

    Thanks for showing how that fabric looks in reality, it's great! Love this version of this pattern, really lovely and looks so comfy. Jen

  25. Reply

    This looks super comfy, the perfect winter dress. And 2m of fabric up for grabs? Count me in!

  26. Reply
    Helen // Grosgrain Green

    Great giveaway, thanks! Your dress is lovely. Such a gorgeous colour!

  27. Reply

    I need the black sewatshirt fabric or maybe more exciting the houndstooth ponte

  28. Reply

    I think I'd get the ikat print ponte – I just love the colours!

  29. Reply
    Anel Winney

    I love the ce Green Purple Pink Peacock Feathers Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric!

  30. Reply

    I might have to make my own homage to this dress, with added pockets, as it sounds nearly perfect. I might even need 2, version 2 with pockets and a slightly longer hem for work.

  31. Reply

    Gorgeous, I'm definitely putting this in my 'to sew' list!

  32. Reply

    I love your patterns but I’m Iif I can figure out how to download them. Help

  33. Reply
    Bonnie davenport

    Looking for pattern…website link not working? Purple sweatshirt dress

    1. Reply

      Oh no – you’re right. I’ll fix it asap, but in the meantime you can just look on the Sew Over It website. It’ll definitely be there somewhere 🙂

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