Project Run and Play Season 11: Nothing but Knit

The new season of Project Run and Play has begun!! The first challenge for the sew-a-long is called “Nothing but Knit“. I LOVE sewing with knits! There. I said it.

Funny thing is, that is the fabric I learned on. I started sewing up baby hats when my oldest (who is 16) was born. I was drawn to how very forgiving the fabric is, and how soft. Whenever someone tells me they are afraid of sewing with knits, I recommend just jumping in. Seriously. Play around with them and get to know your knits. Using the correct ball point needle in your machine and sewing with a zig zag stitch helps tremendously.

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For my entry, I started with Sew Straight and Gather’s Uptown/Downtown dress pattern (like I made here and here), and made a few changes.

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First, I raised up the neckline. I also widened then gathered the tops of the sleeves to make them poof just a little.

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Speaking of the sleeves, I did a lettuce edge hem on the sleeves, as well as the bottom of the dress.

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I also added a belt. I interfaced and sewed up a rectangular piece of mustard knit, and made a fun knot to tie it on. She can also wear it without!

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The fabric is Charlie Harper (for Birch Fabrics Organic) Feathers Mineral and is lovely. The mustard color knit is something I had in my stash, and I have no idea where I got it!

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          We had some fun with feathers.

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          She got to hold her sister’s fiddle for these photos, and she couldn’t be happier. She took it very seriously, though.

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           Now my girl has a fantastic grown-up (but not too grown-up) princess(y) type dress, fit for a 10 year old.

          20 thoughts on “Project Run and Play Season 11: Nothing but Knit

          1. Beautiful dress! The feather fabric is gorgeous. I am inspired by your lettuce hem….I recently got a serger (happy dance!) and am slowly familiarizing myself with its functions (I assume you used a serger for that?). Lovely job. She looks very pleased with it!

            1. Thanks Jenn! I sadly do not own a serger! I did this with a tight zigzag stitch on my regular machine!
              She loves it and has worn it to school twice already!

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