There is nothing better than finishing a project on time. For me that almost never happens because I am a last minute kind of lady. But this time I did! I was so excited when I finally completed Sew Caroline’s Out And About Dress . Just in time for a short mini vaca to our nation’s capitol. Will had a “save the environment” conference (reason 237 why I love him) and I would get to visit with family and friends, do some shopping, take lots of pictures, and run around the city! So I packed up my suitcase with my new dress, drove 8 hours with Will to DC, and then this happened…Polar Vortex 2014!!!
Well, so much for getting to be out and about. DC like any other city on the east coast, closes down when it snows. No sight seeing, no shopping. Just lots of Netflix and sitting around in yoga pants. Good thing we stocked up on frozen pizzas and champagne. But anyways. Back to the dress. Yes its finished! I knew that I really wanted to use a black print with either really small flowers, birds, or hearts on it. I saw a photo on the ol’ interwebs of my girl T Swift wearing an adorable black Asos dress while she was out and about shopping in LA with musician Lorde, and this became my inspiration for my fabric selection.
So I chose a knit fabric that was black with white hearts from Girl Charlee. This combined with the Out and About dress pattern by Sew Caroline were the perfect combo to replicate this look. I love love LOVE this pattern! Great for a new sewer like myself with easy to read directions and lots of photos to help along the way. So many different options for the dress, but I went with the shorter hem and the longer sleeves. Maybe subconsciously I knew it would still be cold in March and that these long sleeves would come in handy! (My subconscious has always been a good weather predictor). The pattern had no zippers, no darts, no frills. Only some gathering of the skirt which was easy to do with a basting stitch. Also, I usually dread doing necklines when working with knit. In the past I have found my bias taping bunches up and makes the neckline droopy. But this four corners method was perfectly explained and I was able to complete the neckline with no problem. Overall I am really excited about this dress and plan to make a few more for myself and some friends.
Pattern: The Out and About dress by Sew Caroline
Fabric: Tossed Small White Hearts on Black Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric by Girl Charlee