Makes: a knit Sew Over It 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).

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?

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