Sweater Dress: New Look 6298
The selfless sewing continues with this latest sewing project for my sister. If you feel like this fabric looks familiar your feelings are spot on. This fabric is the same fabric my younger cousin used to make her cardigan in winter of 2017, which should give you an idea of how long my sister has been waiting on this dress. Nevertheless, I finally made her dress and it looks great on her.
New Look 6298 is an easy knit pattern, designed to be loose fitting. This pattern comes with many variations, but we both agreed View A at a shorter length or View D would look nice on her. My sister prefers v-neck tops and dresses, but I went with the crew neck because of the cooler weather ( I can be a bit motherly at times). I cut the size 14 and made a sway back adjustment. Before I attached the neck and hem band I did a fitting. The dress (without the band) fell right above her knee and since there was a possibility that she would wear boots with the dress she wanted it to stop at the knee. My remedy to this issue was cutting the hem band in half lengthwise so it could be narrower, which made the final dress length stop right at her knee.
Unfortunately, this knit did not have great recovery and I stretched the neck area out a little as I attached the neckband. My sister thought the wider neck hole looked nice and layered the dress over a basic fitted top, which gave her slight shoulder exposure. The pattern print across the back does not match because I did not think about matching it up until after I had cut all the pieces. I did not have enough fabric left over to cut the pieces again so mismatch print is what we have, but she honestly did not care (it only tortures me).
All in all this pattern is quick and very simple. It may have taken me 4 - 5 hours to make this from cut to finish. This was another serger and cover stitch project and that shaved off an hour or two off my average sewing time. I have a few more “selfless” sewing projects on my list, and I am excited that I am almost done. My sewjo has kicked into overdrive, and I cannot wait to apply it to some makes for myself. Until next time, happy sewing!