This is my second year participating in the Sew Americana Blog tour by Wild & Wanderful, and it is a fun mid-summer prompt to get something sewn up for the 4th of July. I was hoping that I would have more time to sew and get something made, but my free time has really been at a premium lately.
Luckily, I was able to use a dress I made in May, but had not blogged. The sweater was a quick evening sew, too. Got it done in the nick of time!
This outfit is so super comfy. The dress is bamboo lycra, and with the soft open weave sweater, it is a good outfit to wear just chillin’ on the deck and drinking wine.
Ah…the joys of summer we don’t have time to do anymore because our kids play travel ball. 😉
I decided to make the light-weight sweater knit into a kimono style.
As a base pattern, I used the Norma Jean Kimono Robe (affiliate link) by Wardrobe by Me, but decided to attach the arms in one cut with the body. I couldn’t get the full length out of the arms due to the width of the fabric, plus I reduced the overlap on the front. I edged all the seams in bamboo lycra. I just really didn’t want to deal with hemming the sweater knit.
This was a loose weave, so I really tried to keep the pulling to a minimum. It still pulled a bit on the front band that I drafted, but oh well. I made sure to interface one side of the band around the neck and down the front. If I hadn’t, then there would have been a lot of pulling and wavy seams.
The teal blue dress underneath is made from bamboo lycra and is from my own pattern. I made a grey one last summer out of jersey spandex knit, and I love wearing it. It is suuuuper comfy. Like wearing pajamas.
I have plans to turn this dress/top into a digital pattern. I was hoping to get it done by the time this tour came about but…no time. Maybe by the end of summer I will get on it.
Now, make sure to visit the rest of the tour to see some fun Americana makes!