I finished this dress for Addie last weekend.
I know. The scarf is really goofy, but her hair was an absolute mess. The daylight was fading. It was Sunday afternoon, and there's still not enough daylight in the mornings or evenings for me to get any good photos on the weekdays. So I was in a rush. Not that these came out great anyway. BUT, Addie really likes the dress, so I'm afraid it will never actually be this clean again.
I feel like I was sewing at a snail's pace, since I didn't feel terribly motivated to sew with the knit fabric. I think it was all in my head, but I felt like I couldn't be as precise as I would like. (My pace hasn't picked up much since I switched back to wovens, so maybe that wasn't even my problem.)
In the end I was quite happy with the dress. I used this penguin ribbon that I've been hoarding since Christmas 2010.
(Eew. Please don't look too closely at that messy top-stiching on the collar. This is a dress best viewed from far away.)
My favorite part is that simple dart (reverse pleat? box something? I really should know my sewing terms better) in the front.
I put a hook & closure in the back which is what the pattern called for, but I must have done something wrong, because it just won't stay hooked. It had already come undone in these last two photos.
Addie could care less.
The dress pattern was from this book:
I would love to be able to make the same dress in a regular woven fabric. What do you think? I never know when you can make a pattern intended for knit fabric out of woven fabric or the other way around. Can it be done? Ever? This dress has a decent sized opening in the back, so it could work, right?