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Erin D
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Date: 10/25/10 0:10 AM

I've been wanting to try sewing a sweater dress, and have been looking at the straightforward Butterick 5247 for a long time now. I think it's time to try it out!

I also just ordered some sweater knit fabric from Gorgeous Fabric.

Is anyone else interested in starting a sew-a-long?

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Date: 10/25/10 7:25 AM

That sounds like fun. I have a length of wool jersey that I would like to make the Hot Patterns Plain and Simple Iconic Shirtdress with.

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Date: 10/25/10 8:33 AM

I'll join. I have a piece of lightweight wool jersey from FabricMart that I have planned for Onion 5039 tunic/mini dress.

I've been waiting for it to get a little bit colder to make it.
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Date: 10/26/10 2:20 AM

I'm in. I have this pattern and it's been sitting in the to-do for a hot minute. I have lots of jerseys and knits waiting. Now just to sort and see which I wanna use.

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Date: 10/27/10 1:01 AM

The Hot Patterns Iconic Dress looks like a really fun pattern.

I've never worked with any type of wool before-anyone have any tips? Also, is there some way to know if it's going to be scratchy on your skin?

I have ordered a wool/polyester doubleknit for my project, and am hoping for comfort!

Here's a nice, inspiration sweater dress from Diane Von Furstenberg

The neckline is sort of like the Madison dress from Burdastyle.

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Date: 10/27/10 8:51 AM

If you are ordering fabric online, I don't think there is any way to know if the wool will be scratchy.

Do you normally wear wool sweaters? People have different "tolerances" for wool. My mom can wear mohair and angora, but those blends drive me batty! I feel like they are in my nose the whole time. I love cashmere sweaters, but my mom prefers a heavier lambswool...which I find to be scratchy.

I think ultimately if you are ordering online you just have to cross your fingers, and send it back if it isn't right. I order most of my fabric online, and rarely send anything back though. I always find another use for it!!

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Date: 10/27/10 11:49 PM

I agree-you just and wait and see what the mail carrier brings you. I have had mostly good luck with online fabric as well.

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Date: 11/2/10 1:04 AM

Sweater knit fabric arrived today-exciting!

I just read Shannon Gifford's article from EmmaOneSock that listed some sewing tips with this type of fabric. Has anyone tried using a zig zag stitch for seams? Her idea for finishing the hem with yarn is really interesting.

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Date: 11/10/10 7:21 AM

Great timing!

I already bought a couple of patterns for a sweater dress and fabric for one of them. The one I was thinking of starting with is Vogue 8699. Then I want to try Kwiksew 3472.

I found a beautiful wool mohair angora knit that I'm going to use for the Vogue pattern. Then I though I would try a chocolate brown wool knit for the Kwiksew pattern.

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Date: 11/23/10 10:09 PM

Has anyone started their sweater dress yet?

I decided to do a muslin of Butterick 5247 in an interlock knit to check it out. I'm pretty excited because I think it will work well in a sweater knit as well.

Butterick 5247

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