Monday, December 29, 2014

Sweatshirt Dress

Sooooo once upon a time in the beginning of October I made myself a sweatshirt dress! 
I was happy with the result and was looking forward to wear know as soon as I had blogged about it. Haaaaaa! And here we are in the end of December and like I already wrote on my Facebook page, the finished-not-worn-because-not-blogged-dress had become an inventory of my sewing room that I did not even notice any more. NOT okay! Especially since a dress in this material is not a year around dress for me. 

So while my husband spend the day picking up my sister, niece and nephew from their transatlantic flight 4.5 hours away and driving them back to our house (YAY), I spend the day getting dulled up for some blog photos. I mean what else is there to do 4 days before christmas, right!?

I am not going to pretend that I invented the mix of sweatshirt fleece and lace. I have seen it several places and really liked the contrast. And when I then realized I had this lovely combination of grey cotton sweatshirt fleece (from Girl Charliee) and this cotton greyish lavender (from....okay I have no idea where I got that from) in my stash and I already had a self-drafted pattern that was suitable, I decided to go for it. I have previously made THIS top and THIS dress.

I decided to spoil myself and spend the extra time putting in some pockets in the side seam. A feature I always sort of hate while I sew it and love when I wear it. And since the wearing is a far longer process than the sewing I would say it is worth it!

Aaaaand of course did I not have enough fabric, gah. I was missing like 10 cm/4" for the correct sleeve length. So I decided to add in the lace and I like the result.

Did you notice the seam on the sleeve (see previous photo). If you split up your raglan sleeve in a front and back piece you can make it much better fitting since you can create a curve that follows the shoulder's curve with that seam. You don't necessary have to make the seam all the way down the sleeve to your wrist like I did. You could also make the seam sort of like a dart - but cut away the extra fabric down to your preferred seam allowance and finish the seam with a serger so the seam is not too bulky.

Oh, those purple suede shoes....I can't stop thinking of Prince every time I wear them.....which is not a bad thing since I loooove that man, ha.

And this photos reminds me that something was in the air that day.....the skirt was clinging to my tights ahhhhh.

Thank you for stopping by!


  1. This looks so good on you. And I love like those little things like not having enough fabric pushes us to get a little creative and come up with something original and unique. The lace on the sleeve caught my attention on the first photo and I loved it.

    1. Thank you so much Magda! And yes, it's usually the lack of enough fabric that results in some interesting details, ha.

  2. Gorgeous!! <3 The lace works great and I totally thought the detail on the sleeve was intencional and Loved it. :) and thanks for the tip for the raglan sleeves, have to try it. Purple shoes are fab, and it's so nice to know you Love good music too!! :D

  3. I love it! So comfy but classy at the same time.

  4. That is one fantastic dress!! I was going to say that bit of lace fabric just before the sleeve cuff was genius but then I actually read all the post :) I love when what seems to be an unfortunate sewing event turns out to be a great thing!

  5. This is a lovely dress! I like it so much. The lace on the sleeve fix is perfect! I've been debating whether to do a raglan sleeve winter dress and I think you just persuaded me.

  6. Oh I love it. Fits you great. I need to make myself one

  7. What a cool dress, Mie! Every single detail is amazing, as always!
    Oh, and I love the combinations of fabrics. These textures and colors work perfectly!

  8. I am crazy about lace over fabric! Love how you worked around not having enough fabric for the sleeves. My husband laughs at me because I have to take photos of htings before they are worn hehe

  9. Lovely dress! It looks so comfortable. I especially love that you added the pockets. Hope you had a great time with your sister and her kids.

  10. I looooove how the sleeves turned out!! Super creative solution!

  11. The ensemble looks fab.

  12. Oh, what a great fabric and color combo. You look fantastic!

  13. It was in hanging in your sewing room since October! So not acceptable, poor dress. :) I love it. Glad you didn't have enough fabric, since I love the addition of lace to the sleeves! I want to make one for myself! That's something I would wear all the time. You look so pretty, as usual!

  14. What a beautiful dress and a beautiful woman! Fleece and lace- such an interesting fabric combination, something I need to remember :). It' s winter here so it would be perfect for me too.


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