This past week was my daughter's birthday and so I whipped up a few knit dresses for her. She has just joined the work force this past year and knit dresses are her absolute favorite. Knit dresses are so comfortable to wear, easy and quick to sew (even without a serger), and they are very forgiving on fit. I thought a few pattern recommendations were in order.
When I want a new knit dress pattern, my go to source is Colette Patterns. Their dresses are comfortable, stylish, easy to sew, have tons of variations and great directions. What more could you want? So first up the queen of the knit dress patterns: the Moneta. Between my two daughters, I have sewn 5 of these, including this most recent one.
Moneta is a basic waisted dress with pockets and tons of collar and some sleeve variations. My only recommendation is to line the bodice no matter what view you are making and use the lining to cover the clear elastic used to gather the waist. The elastic next to your skin is not comfortable as you go throughout the day.
Next is the Myrtle. This is a great first knit dress pattern: no sleeves to insert, no closings to add - it just pulls over your head and you are out the door! Each of my girls has one and loves Myrtle. I made the waist with 1/2 inch elastic rather than the wider elastic the pattern calls for because my daughter wanted to be able to add a belt to the dress.
Gabrielle is a Seamwork pattern (also by Colette Patterns) and it was fun to put together as well. I added seam bindings to add a little contrast which made it take longer but without those, this pattern goes together very quickly.
Here is a close-up of the fun back! Another great knit pattern, and a Pattern Review Pattern of the Year, is New Look 6097. This pattern is a faux wrap dress. I love the faux or mock wrap dress rather than a regular wrap. If you have ever worn a wrap skirt on a windy day and thanked your lucky stars that you also were wearing a slip, then you don't need to ask why a faux wrap is a good thing! This pattern seems to be out of print, but New Look 6301 seems to be almost identical.For this pattern, make sure to stabilize the diagonal bias line of the front bodice with clear elastic or knit interfacing. The directions don't mention this and the pattern needs it to prevent stretching.
I know there are many other wonderful knit dress patterns out there, but these are the ones I have made and can highly recommend. What wonderful knit dress patterns have you made and love?