the fabric is a double knit from pitt trading. i was drawn to the fabric as soon as i saw it on the pitt trading IG feed. i wasn't able to get in store so called and ordered the fabric over the phone - the service was very helpful and quick.
the girl i spoke to at pitt trading initially called the fabric 'scuba like' when i was describing it. i was a bit worried as i don't find thick scuba suitable for dresses, but she assured me it would be ok for a dress and she was right. i have worn this many times already and the material breathes fine. the fabric is also reasonably slippery so perfect for wearing with tights. but the thing i love most about this fabric is the COLOURS!! the bright colours are perfect to brighten up dull winter days.
the pattern is my tnt for knit dresses - cynthia rowley simplicity 2054. i have made this pattern many many times before. i make a size 10 even though my waist and hip measurements are between size 14 and 16. i vary the seam allowance width depending on the stretch and thickness of the fabric - for this fabric i used 3/8". i also add two darts at the back to get a fitted result.
for this version i went for 3/4 length sleeves as i was worried that the fabric would not breath well - but as i said i haven't had any troubles with this. the pattern has a binding for the neckline but for this dress i turned the neck under 1/4" and used a twin needle which worked out fine.
so yes its definitely another 'no iron work wardrobe' win woot woot and yes i really need to make a grainline morris blazer as i only have one rtw work jacket and a whole bunch of cardys.
while i do love this pattern i am keen to try some new knit dress patterns too - next on my to make list is the named inari tee dress, hopefully i will be blogging one soon!