Sew Caroline’s Out and About Dress for Sewing Indie Month

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Sewing Indie Month continues! Today my tutorial goes live on SewCaroline.com and I made Caroline’s Out and About Dress pattern to go with it.

Sewing Indie Month

Caroline is a sweet and fun gal from Ft. Worth, TX (yay Texas!) who blogs about handmade fashion, food and DIY. She’s got a bunch of easy, quick and totally doable tutorials that are worth taking a peek at. AND she designs patterns! Take a look at her newest Sugar Pop Top and Tank Dress patterns.

I wrote up a little tutorial on how to draft flutter and tulip sleeves from any pattern that has a sleeve piece and altered the Out and About Dress for an example.

So let’s get to the details:

The Pattern: The Out and About dress is such a great jumping off point for modifications. It’s a classic knit dress with scoop neck, short or long sleeves and knee length or maxi gathered skirt. You could easily alter bits here and there and get a different looking dress every time. One thing I often find about indie patterns is you really get your money’s worth because they become staples that you sew over and over again with minor changes each time.

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The Fabric: Some cotton ikat jersey from my stash. I bought this stuff at Texstyles almost back when they opened. I had vague ideas with what to do with it that never solidified so I’m glad I finally found a good use for it. It’s quite colorful and will make for a fun summer dress.

The Changes: I cut a size S at the bust and went down to an SX at the waist and I think it turned out pretty good.

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Obviously I added flutter sleeves with a bit of gathers at top. Check out the tutorial on how to do that!

I also experimented with a different neck binding. I used the same pattern piece but sewed it on like bias binding and top stitched the whole thing with a zig zag. I hadn’t tried that style before. I like the different and I think the zig zag on top looks pretty neat.

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The Results: Justin says this is the best fitting dress I’ve made – to which I immediately think, “What? Have I just been making sacks all this time?!?!” I guess I’ll take my compliments where I can get them. He’s right, though. It does fit very well in the bodice.

As for the pattern I liked that she included pictures along with lots of little tips that would really help a first time knit sewist (like how the collar piece is supposed to be shorter than the neckline or adding EZ Seam to the bottom of the dress to get a nice clean hemline). If you’ve been sewing knits for awhile you’ll whip out this dress in a flash. Even with drafting an entirely new sleeve piece I think it took me only a couple hours.

Big thanks to Caroline for hosting my tutorial and for making a great pattern to go with it. And thanks to Sewing Indie Month for bringing us together!

  • amazing fabric! love this dress, going to check out the sleeve tutorial now because those are some super cute sleeves.

  • mokosha

    beautiful dress! that print is to die for

  • truebias

    i love the look of this. great fabric and love the new sleeves. makes it feel more grownup.

  • House Of Pinheiro

    loved your version. the fabric is so bright and happy, just the time i love wearing on the summer. I really love the pattern, i wear it all the time

  • sewinsteady

    Love this, especially the fabric you chose. I’m definitely going to try this pattern!

  • Ooh, I love those, especially the tulip sleeves! Thanks for the tutorial! And this dress is a stunner.

  • This print on this fabric! I want it! It looks so bright and happy. Love it! 🙂

  • Amy

    What a perfect summer dress! I’d wear this to pieces. Lucky you to have found such a cool print in a cotton knit. Why oh why are they so hard to find?

  • Mikhaela Reid

    This dress is awesome on you and the fabric is PERFECT. I love your sleeve modification too.

  • Pranav Preethi

    Like it

  • Love this, and that fabric, aye, aye, aye. Lovely

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  • Erika (rejoicefortheday.com)

    So glad to have found your site and this pattern. This will be my first pdf make, I can’t wait!

  • pootleandmake.wordpress.com

    Stunning fabric, I love your dress and the sleeves are super cute.

  • Christina Thomas

    Uber cute!