When Myrtle, the latest from Colette Patterns, was released, I exclaimed, “I would wear this everyday!” I had just returned from a vacation in which I wore knit dresses every single day. They are my newest “uniform for life” if you will, and I wanted to add to my collection. You can make this dress as casual or dressy as you want.
This pattern has a lot going for it. First of all, I love that the pattern encompasses many sizes all in one pattern. I was impatient and went for the PDF download version and wished I had just waited for the mail. Be warned, the electronic pattern is 63 pages to print and put together. I feel like it took me longer to assemble than it did to cut out and sew the dress! Like most indie patterns, there are very detailed directions, both in photos and in text. Colette Patterns has a great video tutorial for the waistband and I also stumbled upon a separate sew-along that details every step of the way. One of the most amazing things about the modern sewing era is simply all the help at your finger tips! I promise you, all of us in the sewing community want you to succeed and there are so many tools to help you achieve great results!
This pattern is considered a beginner level and if you have been hesitant to work with knits, because let’s face it, they do behave very differently from woven fabrics, this is a great pattern to start. I keep telling you not to be scared of knits and I mean it! I absolutely love this neckline which is cleverly self- lined and has absolutely no neckline binding, a typical problem area for those sewing knits for the first or even fifteenth time. You don’t have to worry about a wavy neckline due to inexperience sewing with knits. The downside is this self-lined bodice eats up a bit more fabric. Also, depending on how thick your knit fabric is, the front of your bodice may be on the heavier side since it is double layered. I thought this was going to be a problem for my Myrtle because the last thing I wanted was for the top to be bulky or too hot to wear. After wearing it for a full summer day, I have absolutely no complaints about the weight. Oh! Did I mention this dress also includes pockets? I’m convinced pockets need to be in every dress forever and ever. I found these pockets to be the perfect size for slipping in my phone and some lip balm! But that’s just me:)
For my Myrtle, I chose this tomahawk stripe knit from Art Gallery Fabrics and wanted the stripes to run vertical. Depending on the knit you decide to use, you may not be able to be so choosy with the direction of the print. This depends on how many ways your fabric will stretch. This knit has enough stretch in both directions that it wasn’t a problem at all.
This dress is so very comfortable. The first time I wore the dress I was hooked because and it was suited for both work and play! I can see this knit transitioning so well into fall with the addition of a cardigan and leggings. I really enjoyed sewing up this pattern as well. I think that is such an important part of the process. I hope I’ve done a little convincing you to make one of your own. Still not convinced to sew this dress in a knit? No problem! This pattern also has directions to sew the dress in a woven as well. I have to say, I can’t wait to try it that way, too!