My new Go-To Dress!

by Amy

We all love a sure thing: the recipe that never fails; the outfit that always gets a complement; the sewing patterns that are tried and true. I’ve personally made half a dozen of Colette’s Sorbetto top, for example. But I have a new love, and I want to share it with you. Behold, the “Go-To” Dress from Tanya Whelan’s book Sew What You Love:

If you have been tempted to try sewing with knits (who hasn’t?!?) but feel a little nervous about the learning curve, this is a perfect pattern to start with. There are only two pattern pieces. I made a first sample with a fabulous grey jersey covered with fuchsia flocked stars from France. (It was so sassy and fun that someone swiped it from the store!) The replacement sample above is in a super soft and drapey bamboo pique, which I think will transition well into fall. The effect can be completely changed by your fabric choice.

I sewed this up in an afternoon on my regular home machine (no serger necessary) with the help of some Wash Away Wonder Tape, a ball-point needle, and some elastic thread. The pattern calls for three rows of shirring at the waist, but I liked the way one row was skimming my body, and left it at that. It can be made alternately as a tunic top, you can add shirring at the shoulders, and there are instructions for a sash or belt as well. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it looks good on everyone who has tried it on at the shop.This is a pattern I plan on returning to again and again.

(Stay tuned for Just In, coming up tomorrow!)