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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Fall Sewing #3 Raspberry Matte ITY Knit Drape Neck Dress

Searching through boxes of knit fabric I found this beautiful raspberry matte ITY knit I purchased from www.fabricmartfabrics.com .  I also found three print ITY knits that will be perfect for cardigans to match. 

Boxes of Knit Fabrics

Box Jersey Knit Fabrics

Box Solid Knit Fabrics

Box Print Knit Fabrics

Box Miscellaneous Knit Fabrics
I am hoping to get all my beautiful knit fabrics out of boxes and onto shelving one day soon.  I can't see it all in boxes on the floor!
Raspberry Knit Fabric Wardrobe Choices
I love the top three knits to make cardigans.  The print on the bottom right didn't make the cut this time. Maybe next time!
There wasn't enough fabric to make both maxi length and sleeves so I opted for midi-length and elbow length sleeves. Life if full of compromises!
I would consider this dress pattern a self drafted pattern but it's really a mix of my drape neck tank top and my usual knit dress skirt pattern.  I am in love with the dress so far. Elastic waist, blouson top with drape neck, swingy full midi-length knit skirt.  What's not to love!
Raspberry Matte ITY Knit Fabric
 The knit fabric cut smooth.  It's soft and draped beautifully, and didn't stretch while I cut it out.

Raspberry Drape neck

Bust dart

Raspberry Matte ITY Knit Drape Neck Midi Dress

Back View

 This dress was $9.75.  Not too bad for a basic type dress with a lot of possibilities to add to my wardrobe.

Neck View

Sleeve View
Raspberry Matte ITY Knit Drape Neck Dress

Fall Sewing List:

·        Drape neck tank tops (2 done)

1.     Midnight blue-sleeveless

·        Midnight blue tank top

·        Sweater wrap top

·        Cardigans

·        Denim Skirt

·        Sleeveless Button down shirt

·        Princess seam sheath dress

·        Liz Claiborne stripe vest

·        Solid color maxi dresses ¾ sleeve

1.     Raspberry Matte ITY knit-SS

·        Something with fringe

·        Nightgown with matching robe

1.     Blue rose bouquet-thrift sheet

·        Red dress with a leopard jacket/cardigan

I am thinking of purchasing a Teflon presser foot for my sewing machine.  I have read on other blogs that it's a great all purpose foot, especially on knits.  I have also used the walking foot in the past with a good outcome.

Any suggestions on presser feet for knits?

PS.  Dear Hubby is doing great! He's off for another week with me.  In 23 years we've never spent this much time together.  It's like a honeymoon!

Until next time............................



  1. The dress looks great on you! I love that colour. Enjoy your time with the hubby. :)

    1. Thank you for your kind comments & looking at my blog.

  2. Pretty dress! I love the color. I have a Bernina sewing machine and usually the walking foot will work with almost any fabric. I used it when I made an oilcloth tote bag. I just finished a maxi dress for DD1 in a knit and had no problems with my regular foot and straight stitch but I know that every machine is different. Glad DH is better!

    1. Great to hear from you again! I used my walking foot on a current project and it worked very well. I just think of it as a quilting type foot. I need to venture out of my comfort zone more! DH is great & he'll be back to work this coming Monday! More sewing time!

  3. Wow! Great dress on you! Thanks for modeling it for us. I've also heard a Teflon foot is very helpful sewing knits but I thus far have only the walking foot. Keep the sewing inspiration coming - I look forward to being able to "merge" patterns together as well as you do. Beth in AL

    1. Thank you for your kind comments. I am seriously thinking of ordering the Teflon foot. I did use the walking foot on a recent project with knit fabric and it did very well. It's a little bulky, but it worked well.
      Thank you for looking at my blog, I enjoy the comments!

  4. I'm in the process of going though my boxes and boxes of fabric. It's has begun to weigh me down. Some will be given away (I hope). Your dress is lovely--especially the color!

    I have been using a teflon foot form some time now. I'm like Peggy Sagers--I put it on and hardly ever take it off! sew all type fabric with it! I say--get one and try it!

    1. Thank you for the kind comments. I am going to order the Teflon foot soon. I did use the walking foot and it worked well, but it's a little bulky.
      Getting rid of fabric is probably my worse "fear". Anything less than a yard gets folded and organized for small projects, anything more than a yard gets folded and sorted by color in my cubicle storage units. Unless it's knit and I ran out of room.........I'm working on storage for them........ all 5 boxes!
      Thanks for the comments, I enjoy them!

  5. Pretty color on you and great fit. I am imagining it paired with a navy blue or gray cardi or blazer. Better yet a printed one.

    1. Sheila,
      Thank you for the kind comments. Great idea with the navy blue & gray! You've got me thinking now! I'm working on a printed cardigan or two right now! Thanks so much for stopping in!

  6. Beautiful dress! I'm waiting on my package. The last thing I think of when ordering from there is where I'll store the fabric. It's after I've received it that I have those thoughts. It would be nice if. I guess!!!!!!!!!!

    1. I try not to think about WHERE to put the fabric, just WHAT to make with it. But I've run out of hiding spots!
      I hope to see what you sew up next!
      Thanks for the chat!

  7. Love that dress and the color. I'm on a fabric fast, but it's nice looking over the fence to see what everybody else is buying--lol.

    1. I need to fabric fast, but those darn FabricMart emails kill me! LOL

  8. Nice dress. The color looks very good on you. Looking at the photos of your fabric stash, it could be mine. I own at least half of those same fabrics. :)

    1. We have good taste! I would love to see what you're sewing up with them!