Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Out and About Dress

on July 15 | in Products, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Trends | by | with 257 Comments

Welcome to our Favorite Indie Patterns series, curated by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness! Sara selected 31 patterns from 31 different designers to feature daily all month long, complete with many pattern giveaways. Check back each day in July for lots of inspiration to update your clothing options with items that reflect your style and fit your body!

Name: Out and About Dress

Brand: Sew Caroline

Description: The Out and About Dress was design with YOU in mind. Yes, YOU: the everyday lady with one million errands to run, a house to keep up with and a job to finish. This dress is loosely fitted at the waist, has two hem options (maxi or knee length), and two sleeve options (long or elbow), and has the option for a cute little cuff on the sleeve. The neckband finish for the neckline of this dress gives a casual, yet professional look. This is truly a year-round dress that can be worn dressed up for a night with your significant other OR dressed down for a day of errands in town!

Format: PDF, with paper coming very soon

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner

Techniques Involved: Sewing with knits

Sizes: X-Small – XX-Large

Recommended Fabrics: Any range of knits, light to heavy weight

Price: $16.00

Customer Examples:

Kelli from True Bias

Erin from Sewbon

WIN A COPY OF THIS PATTERN! Let’s continue our conversation about favorite fabrics with comments for this giveaway. What’s your favorite source for knits? Do you have a favorite local and/or online shop with a great selection of high-quality knits? What do you look for in knit fabric? Your comment enters you to win a free copy of the Out and About Dress pattern.

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257 Responses to Our Favorite Indie Sewing Patterns + Giveaway: Out and About Dress

  1. Mandy says:

    So far, sewing with knits has not been a great experience for me. There are so many great patterns now, though, that I think I’ll have to give it another try!

  2. Andrea says:

    I haven’t sewn with knits in years, but this pattern is gorgeous. I’ve heard that Fabricana in Coquitlam and Richmond has a great selection of fabrics, so I’d probably start there looking for knits.

  3. Rachel says:

    Knits are new for me, but I know my local sewing shop… SewtoSpeak carries some.

  4. I will be very honest and tell you that I have only worked with knits a few times. So I do not have any place that I want to get it, nor the experience to note high-low quality. But I would learn for this pretty dress!

  5. Angie Dixon says:

    This dress pattern is fsbulous. I will probably buy it even if I dont win it. I have several pieces of knit fabrics that I keep buying with the intention of making dresses and shirts but ibuy more and faster than I can sew. Im sure you all know how that goes!

  6. Suzie says:

    I love this dress!
    I’m still trying to find my best source for good knits (at a good price!). I live in Belfast and we don’t have a lot of fabric shop options locally so I buy a lot online – but it’s very hard to know what your knit quality is going to be like when you buy online…I’ve ended up with some awful ones! One shop that always has excellent quality knits at a great price is Croft Mill (UK based).

  7. Katie says:

    Hawthorne Threads has more and more beautiful knits as well as lawns and chambrays. I love that online shop so much!

  8. Faye Nettles says:

    I love cotton jersey knits for drapability.

  9. Kim S says:

    I haven’t bought knits in a long time. Back when I did buy knits it was at Joann’s, now I see lots of quilt fabric companies producing them and would love to give it a try.

  10. Mary O. says:

    I like knits to have some body and not be too clingy.

  11. Traci S says:

    I love knits from GirlCharlee! I enjoy making nightgowns for my girls, and more than one Renfrew for myself. More dresses need to fill my closet! Thank you…

  12. Natalie says:

    My favorite knit shop would be Girl Charlee. This dress pattern is very cute and practical.

  13. Shannon says:

    Love this dress!

  14. Cyndi says:

    No local shops sadly but I am finding some Etsy shops & online retail stores I like.

  15. Emily says:

    I like natural fibers and non pilly knits.

  16. Deb says:

    I buy from fabric.com, sewing festival shows, colorado fabrics, or anywhere I happen to stumble across some knits. Occasionally local shops will have some knits.

  17. Andrea says:

    Finding knits in person is always hit or miss, but I just try to find a nice drapey, breathable fabric that isn’t too see through. And preferably not just solid colored, but that’s because I lack variety with my fabrics

  18. Siobhan says:

    I’m another who has not yet made anything with a knit fabric, but there are lots of sources mentioned in the comments here so no shortage of inspiration should I win this pattern :)

  19. melwyk says:

    This dress is adorable, in all its versions! Simple but chic.

  20. Amber! says:

    I sadly only get my knits from box stores, mostly, because I don’t know where to get them other than Hawthorne Threads.

  21. Rita S. says:

    I haven’t really sewn many clothing items nor have I sewn with knits but this dress is adorable. I would love to give it a try!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  22. Deece says:

    Cute dress! I haven’t made anything new with knits yet. I’ve only repurposed knitwear. I’ve been a little intimidated to create an entire piece with knits. I need to just jump in there and make something.

  23. Diane says:

    Its Always Autumn. Soft Terry is my fav….always thought it would be like a towel, but its so silky light and smooth outside. Drapes beautifully.
    Knits just seem to glide thru any machine and that’s why I enjoy sewing with.

  24. Margaret says:

    Great pattern…it’s been a while since I’ve sewn with knits but I never had a problem with them so I’d love to give this a try. I’d probably check Pink Castle Fabrics, Fabricworm , Intrepid Thread or Girl Charlee for knits. Thanks for the chance to win!

  25. Anna Gerard says:

    i have yet to sew with knits. but i love this dress!!

  26. Erika says:

    Great dress!

  27. Michelle says:

    One local store carries a decent selection of knits, but not as much color selection as I would like. I am very interested in any online resources that others might share to supplement my local store. I do like to shop local whenever I can.

    Thank you for the chance to win this dress, I think I could make it and it would be a good design for my shape.

  28. I also used to buy knits from Sewzanne’s fabrics, but I also love Girl Charlee. She has an amazing collection of knits at excellent prices and that’s before they even go on sale! She also has bargain lots sometimes that are to die for cheap. I got one recently that had about 20 yards for $2 a yard. With six kids to sew for, it will all go to good use.

  29. Rebeckah says:

    I just shop at joanns :)

  30. shanna swartwood says:

    i love to get my knit from friends when they overbuy! or thrift stores. i like my knits to be sturdy so they don’t stretch out too easily. Plus I LOVE THIS PATTERN!!!

  31. Kim Leavens says:

    I like organic knits, Alabama Chanin has some wonderful hand dyed colors in light and medium weight cotton knits!!

  32. Cindy says:

    I’ve not sewn with knits in years-afraid!!! But I’d be willing to give it a try. Looking for recommendations for places to buy knits.

  33. Rosanna says:

    I’ve bought some knits from fabric.com and I really like them!

  34. Dita says:

    I haven’t found a better place to get knit fabrics than Girl Charlee!

  35. SarahVee says:

    I am a quilter who is falling in love with this fabric line and the yellow dress! This will be my first sewing with knits adventure and I would use that yellow! Thanks for the chance:)

  36. Nancy says:

    It’s hard to judge quality knits. I like to touch, feel and tug before I buy. I have a sister in Montreal and they have a great fabric district. Good knits there!

  37. I have A Lot of knits in my stash, from when I was the manager of a chain fabric store(now defunct). My favourite place to shop is my stash!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows

  38. rox says:

    I get my knits at a local store, but their selection is uneven since they buy factory remnants. I’d love to try my hand at that new pattern, though!

  39. Mama Spark says:

    I have not sewn with knits but this dress is adorable. I would love to give it a try!!

  40. Rita says:

    I like going to M&L Fabrics in Orange County, CA but they have so many fabrics of every kind that it can be difficult to find exactly what I want!

  41. Whitney Paddock says:

    I haven’t had much experience with knits (I’ve bought kids kinds at Joann’s), but with the right pattern I’d love to get some from Girl Charlee and make myself some things!

  42. SRS says:

    I am looking forward to using these comments as a resource as I have yet to find a reliable source for knits. Thanks so much for the chance to win this comfy pattern!

  43. Gay Delaney says:

    Love this pattern.. I like the options for short, long or in between

  44. Roxanne says:

    A lot of my knits I upcycle from thrift store finds but my favorite online sources are Girl Charlee and fabric.com.

  45. Rhona says:

    Have not sewn with knits but want to, I love the yellow dress, was just looking at the art gallery fabrics featuring the same dress in a book, dying to sew it!

  46. Emerald says:

    This is definitely on my list to make for fall/winter!

  47. Kathi says:

    Just got a serger for my birthday! This dress is my favorite of all time!??????

  48. Melissa says:

    I have never purchased knits online but I was looking at this pattern earlier today and started looking around! I still haven’t found anything I like but I will be checking some of the shops listed above :)

  49. Jen B says:

    I haven’t sewn with knits yet so I don’t know of any good shops for them.

  50. I’m new to knits but eager to get started. I’ve been quilting mostly. This pattern looks perfect! Honestly my source for knits is the clearance section at Joann’s, at least until I’m more confident.

  51. Gina S. says:

    I get mine online and at stores. Looks like a really comfy dress.

  52. Gina says:

    Girl Charlee seems to have a good selection as well as HawthorneThreads. Also Fabrics.com. I’ve been looking,but haven’t made the plunge to make something with knits yet,but I will be! I want a knit that is sunstantial enough not to be see-through and yet very comfy.

  53. Lori says:

    I haven’t sewn with knits since my kids were little. Time to try again for myself. Thanks for the chance.

  54. Robin says:

    Hancock Fabrics here and my stash.

  55. Jenna MW says:

    Love this dress! I’m a novice when it comes to sewing with knits so it’s great to see all these ideas.

  56. Jill A says:

    I get my solids from Purpleseamstress Fabrics and my prints from Emrose, Eurogirls, Funkalicious, and several other places.

  57. Lynne says:

    I shop for knits at fabric.com and a local fabric shop. This dress is adorable :)

  58. Christie says:

    I get mine from fabric.com and look for medium weight knits with gorgeous patterns!

  59. Tracey says:

    I love this dress. It’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. I could use two or three for summer and winter. I look for quality weave and stretch in knits. I don’t like anything that looks too thin to be worn in public. My LQS has a very limited supply of knits, but I do like the ones they carry. Fabric.com is another good source that others have mentioned as well.

  60. Shira says:

    I get my knits from local shops.. didn’t order from the internet yet because I like to feel the fabric before buying :)

  61. Carol Henderson says:

    it’s been a long time since I’ve sewn a dress, very inspiring pattern (yay sleeves!), would love to jump back in. Good suppliers of knits are not close by, If I had this pattern I would try Steven’s Sewing and Shady Maple for knits.

  62. Rana Jeanes says:

    I love to sew with knits but find it really difficult to find cute and not too expensive fabric in Melbourne. If any one out there has some tips for cheap shipping on a few websites it would be greatly appreciated.

  63. Jan says:

    I shop for my knits locally because I love to feel them before buying them. Love the dress pattern it is so me! :)

  64. Amanda says:

    As a beginner sewist/sewer/(can I call myself a seamstress?!) I am yet to sew with knits properly – I’ve changed a few knit tshirts into vest tops but would love to make something like the ‘Out and About’ dress – it’s a beauty! I like to buy my fabric online from The Village Haberdashery and have wondering into the knits section a couple of times – they have a great selection of stripes and solids and a few patterned ones too – hopefully they’ll be stocking Gleeful!

  65. Michaela says:

    I haven’t had any opportunity to sew with knits yet – I rather make patchwork quilts than clothes. But this dress is really beautiful! Maybe it will be my first opportunity to try it :-)

  66. Amanda Renea says:

    I mostly get my fabrics online from Fabric Mart at this time. Eventually I’d like to order some from Girl Charlee, though, she has some super cute prints!

  67. Sarah says:

    I love Studio Bernina near Boulder, CO. They carry designer knits and will ship. (I live in NY).

  68. Tammi says:

    I don’t have a good source for knit fabric but just looked at Girl Charlee and it looks wonderful…I love to sew with knits!

  69. Maggie says:

    I’m in England and any where I can get ponte Roma does for me. Minerva crafts have a good supply, but I just bought some fab Valerie wells quill knit from the USA!

  70. marjolein says:

    i normally go to our fabrics market on saturdays. they have nice fabrics

  71. Karen says:

    I sew mostly with knits, I love the comfort. I like this dress, I can’t wait to make it! I’m lucky to live in the San Francisco Bay Area where there are quite a few stores to shop locally. I buy lots of knits from Fabrix on Clement as well as Stonemountain & Daughter across the bay.

  72. Marissa says:

    I get mine from my local shops, but I have yet to use them

  73. Heather B. says:

    Fabric.com is my go-to place for knits! They usually have a nice variety and good prices!

  74. Marilyn says:

    I love to shop local and my favorite fabric store is pacific fabrics and crafts. That is where I purchase my knits. However, I drool over the European knits that are sold online.

  75. Tas says:

    Crafty Mamas is an Aussie owned fabric shop. Lisa stocks a lot of fabulous quality European knits.
    A great source of knit fabric for those Down Under (though she ends up posting a lot back overseas for interntional customers! There are some well travelled fabrics around)

  76. Denise says:

    Very nice, simple lines, classic dress. I’d be happy to win this pattern.

  77. Amy says:

    I buy my knits at. Michael Levine Loft in L.A. Or wait for a red tag clearance sale at. Joanns. Something about digging through piles just energizes me!

  78. Mom C says:

    It’s been a loooong time since I sewed with knits. But my granddaughters want skirts! I don’t have a good source, we checked out JoAnns, not successful at all. Thhat’s the limit of our b&M fabric stores here. Love the pattern. Thanks.

  79. Elisha says:

    Girl Charlee (duh) and of course my inherited fabric stash are where I usually get my knits. Also, JoAnn when the red tag clearance goes an extra 50% AND the thrift store.

  80. Patricia says:

    Haven’t sewn with knits in a while… This pattern is calling to me.

  81. Ali M says:

    http://www.fabricmartfabrics.com is my go to place, there are a couple places that i get high quality knits but the price here is reasonable and they show different views of the fabric so you really know what you are getting look wise.

  82. Sue Platz says:

    Hancock Fabrics has nice knits…love the way they feel and are very comfortable to wear..the Out and About dress is adorable!

  83. Mama Lusco says:

    I have been buying from Girl Charlie. That have great prices and tons of choices!

  84. kristonlion says:

    i love this one! I buy from fabric.com or Pacific Fabrics in Seattle! oohhhhhh I want to go to there RIGHT. NOW.

  85. Lori says:

    Hello…..What a cute dress, 3 quarter sleeves and pockets too…My have to pick me up from floor as I love this so much…..Hurry pick me as winner……..I get all my knits from a friend in utah, that loves to go to whole sell shops that are going out of business or are wanting to retire…So get great deals on knits, single jersey is my favorite….

  86. Diane says:

    Still new to sewing with knits but I love Erin’s (Sewbon) version of this pattern. I’ve been eyeing many choices at girlcharlee.com but haven’t pulled the trigger and ordered yet.

  87. Helen says:

    I’m on a knit-sewing kick lately, having made two t-shirts, a skirt, and a dress out of knits. I love browsing Girl Charlee, but as I’m in Canada, it has only been “window shopping” so far. I lucked out at a major “buy one metre get three metres free sale” on knits at Fabricland, so I stocked up on knits then!

  88. Kathy says:

    My town only has a Hancock Fabrics, but they have a nice selection of knits to choose from. This dress would be pretty in mix of prints!

  89. Nita says:

    I’m new to garment sewing…haven’t tried knits yet!

  90. Cat the sewmeister says:

    I’ve only gotten knits at Joanne’s, but would love to find more sources, as their selection at my local store is usually only 5-7 bolts.

  91. Marjory W. says:

    A local sewing machine and fabric store, STITCH, carries a few high quality knits which I like. They coordinate with the bottom weight fabrics they also carry. I would love to win this pattern to use with the knits at STITCH. Girl Charlee on line seems to have some very nice knits, although I have not sent for any as yet.

  92. sorahart says:

    My favorite knits come from cutting up thrifted clothing!

  93. Katelyn says:

    I’ve only sewn with up-cycled knits so far–remaking shirts and skirts. I’ve had my eye on this pattern ever since it came out and I’d love some ideas on where to buy my first knits!

  94. Anita L says:

    Hi. I don’t sew often with knits but I currently have half a bolt of a Briar Rose knit on hand so I guess my sewing room would be my first source. I have also bought knits at fundraiser sales where fabric shops have donated their excess and also at Fabricland.

  95. Amy Hamrick says:

    I’m still a little scared of knits, but this dress is so cute! I’d love to try it.

  96. Patricia says:

    I like to upcycle fabrics, so the thrift store is a great source for knits for me. You can find a dress in a larger size or even a bunch of knit garments to sew together as a patchwork to make a bigger piece of fabric. Love being creative, saving money and being unique.

  97. jen says:

    Cute and simple -just the kind I actually wear! Alabama Chanin has the best organic cotton knits in amazing colors!

  98. Kristan says:

    I don’t know anything about picking out knits! Two-way stretch? Jersey knit? Interlock? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN. I do like to browse Girl Charlee though. Cute fabrics there.

  99. sangeetha says:

    I use fabric.com or fabricmart.com – wont say its high quality, but enough to experiment with knits

  100. Dana says:

    I look for a fabric that springs back into shape after being stretched.

  101. Alison says:

    I used to see a lot with knits many many years ago. I have just started sewing with knots again recently. I don’t have a fav knit source – yet.

  102. Tatiana says:

    I buy my knits locally, never online, because I like to touch the fabric. Thanks for the giveway, this is a nice pattern!

  103. Julia says:

    I have not yet tried sewing with knits and I haven’t made clothing since I was in 6th grade (35+ years ago) but I did buy a machine needle for sewing with knits and I’ve been searching for a pattern. This looks like it just might fit the bill! Thanks for the giveaway!

  104. Courtney says:

    I also like Girls Charlee. I’ve never sewn knits for myself, just my children. I’d love to try this pattern!

  105. Judy says:

    It has been a long time since I sewed a knit dress but I am guessing the best place for me to find a good quality knit would be at my local Mill End store. I love this dress.

  106. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I am just getting back in to sewing clothes, so I don’t have a favorite place yet. I look for a good quality knit that isn’t too heavy or thick since I am working on summer clothes. Thanks for the chance to win!

  107. Jess says:

    I’ve only ever made on thing with a knitted fabric; it was a green velveteen dress and the fabric was from JoAnn. I really have no idea why it turned out, because I didn’t (don’t) have any idea of how to sew knits! Oh, okay, I’m now working on a tank top, but it is from an upcycled men’s t-shirt from the thrift store and I’m sewing it by hand, so I’m not sure if that counts. :)

  108. Carolyn says:

    I’m loving this dress! Girl Charlee looks like a great shop for knits.
    Thank you for the chance to stitch my first knit dress!!

  109. Teresa W says:

    This dress is great. I love it in the yellow, and the belted version. So cute. I don’t have too much experience with knits, but I would love to learn. I’ve purchased fabric mostly from Joann’s, but I have noticed there are some that lose their stretch and almost have a scratchy feeling. So if I were to make this, I would definitely look for a good quality, soft knit to work with.

  110. Melony says:

    Would love to make this dress!

  111. Hillary P says:

    I have found some great knits at the FIDM Scholarship Store in Los Angeles. I look for knits that are mid-weight or that seem more stable because the rolling on the really thin knits drives me crazy.

  112. Terri H says:

    I’ve never sewn with knits but would love to make this dress! Thanks for the chance to win.

  113. Lisa says:

    I just started sewing with knits. They’re not as scary as I thought! I bought my first knit fabric from girlcharlie.com

  114. Sarah says:

    I don’t have a source for knits; I haven’t sewn with them for awhile, but I love this dress!

  115. Jane S. says:

    Well, I’ve never sewn with knits before so I’d love to learn of a good online source. This dress would be great for my adult daughters and I wouldn’t mind one of my own, either! Thank you for the chance to win a pattern. :)

  116. Jessie Hansen says:

    The only place to get fabric locally is the HobLob so that’s where I get my knits. I would order them online but Knits are one fabric you really just need to feel before you buy.

  117. Shannon says:

    Easier for me to buy knits in person but it’s hard to find the same selection. Girl Charlie and fabric fairy are online favs. My local store “sew easy too” is the best local source. Did you see that AMH will have knits soon?!

  118. Janet says:

    I love this pattern. I am just getting back into sewing, after many years. I haven’t tried sewing any knits but I want to give it a try. I am in the habit of only wearing maxi skirts or dresses. I would love to make a knit maxi from this pattern with long sleeves. I have been checking out online fabric shops, mostly from website sponsors.

  119. fenna says:

    girl charlee!!! :)

  120. Lindsay H says:

    I get mine from Girl Charlee: http://www.girlcharlee.com/create_account.php?refid=26473
    They always have trendy prints and colors. I sew lots of maxi skirts with their fabric!

  121. Victoria M says:

    I recently discover some great knits at my local Joann’s. I was delighted to discover natural fiber knit fabrics. Now I just have to use the right coupon or hit the right sale.

  122. Sarah C. says:

    I have just started using knits I have made two maxi skirts so far and placed an order with Girl Charlee for more. Great Dress thanks for the giveaway.

    (I tried this earlier to day and my comment did not show up )

  123. Caroline says:

    I like to buy my fabrics on a local store. SoI can check what kind of quality they are and how the colour is.thanks for the chance :)

  124. Claudia TN says:

    Would love to find a source for knits. Looking forward to finding out where readers are getting their knits. Thanks for the series and the giveawways!

  125. Meg says:

    I get most of my knits locally here in Portland. Fabric Depot and Mill End being my two favorite stores! Whenever possible, I recycle ‘em from extra large garments. Love this pattern!!

  126. sarah says:

    so far most of the knits i have acquired have been either in fabric swaps, gifts or from the thrift store. i don’t fully understand all the differences – so really must read up on this but i do enjoy working with them.

  127. Claire says:

    This is such a cute dress. I haven’t sewn many knits, my local shop doesn’t sell many. I do tend to buy from the market nearby, it’s cheap and cheerful and until I’m a but more confident i will stick to the cheaper cuts.

  128. Reagan Gordon says:

    I usually buy in person at joanne’s or something local, but I’m still learning. I love this dress style, especially with the pockets.

  129. Allison Sews says:

    I haven’t bought many knits so I’ll have to reaady through the comments for some ideas.

  130. kbo says:

    “Fabric Fairy” is my knit shopping site. They carry a great selection. I appreciate the various lengths modeled for the “Out and About” pattern.

  131. Megan says:

    I really love the prints at Girl Charlee!

  132. Margarita says:

    I haven’t sewn with knits yet but I’ve been looking to try! I love knit tops, particularly lighter knits.

  133. Mariana says:

    I have a couple of remnants shop nearby, and every now and then I score some rare gems :)
    Otherwise, mamzellefourmi.com or tessuti.com (from France and Germany-I live in Italy). I look for prints I can wear, and for convenience :)

  134. Christine M says:

    I love this dress. I haven’t done any knit fabric sewing since my boys were toddlers! Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  135. Sarah Edwards says:

    I love Cloth House in Berwick Street, Soho, London. They have the best selection of knits! I have seen the gorgeous Out and About dress reviewed on blogs many times and it always looks lovely. It seems to suit everyone, all shapes and sizes, and always looks beautiful! I can’t wait to try it!

  136. Amy Verne says:

    I have a few yards of wide good quality black knit fabric waiting for me to break out my serger. This pattern would be perfect!

  137. Diana says:

    Girl Charlee of course ;) I also like to use my hubby’s old t-shirts (by the time the underarms are shot, the middle is still good and is great for kids’ shirts). I just saw some nice knits on Britax website too. Knits are so fun!

  138. Judith says:

    The Fabric Fairy is a great place to buy knits online. They provide so much information about each fabric that you get a really good sense of what you’re getting. And, they’ll even match fabrics for you. I really love this pattern–definitely one of the most wearable patterns I’ve seen.

  139. Julia says:

    I’ve just started seeing with knits and I’m excited to practice more! I’ve ordered from girl charlee – such fun patterns!

  140. Whitney says:

    I’ve been happy with my past two purchases at girl charlee, although I do love to feel knits in person! My local store city craft stocks the big name knits!

  141. Catherine says:

    I don’t have a favorite place for knits. I look for a knit that is soft and has a good amount of stretch.

  142. Valerie says:

    I think this pattern is so cute! To be honest….I have shied away from knits out of fear, but I think it’s time to try!!

  143. Amy M says:

    I’ve only seen with knits a few time and just go them at Joann fabric. Having this pattern would certainly inspire me to find something more interesting online though!

  144. Girl Charlee is my staple knit resource! Love their styles and the quality! When shopping for knits, my biggest concerns are the quality, weight, and stretch. I don’t like super thin knits. Girl Charlee’s signature fabric is my favorite weight and when it comes to sewing clothes, I like a knit that has about a 30% stretch. I LOVE this pattern and know exactly which knit fabric I would use to sew one up! Thank you for the giveaway! :)

  145. I have a hard time finding knits I like in person, thus so far I have only bought them at swap meets and yard sales from ASG. After I sew the knits in my stash, I’m going to be on the hunt soon!

  146. Chris says:

    I love the lines on this pattern. I’ve still been shy to sew with knits, but this might be a great way to get over that! I’ve seen some lovely knit fabrics at Girl Charlee.

  147. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to win a copy of this dress pattern! My favorite place to shop for knits is Girl Charlee. They have so many great options!

  148. Claudia V says:

    This is a very nice pattern. Would love to win this.

  149. Kelsey m says:

    I love the variety of patterns from girl charlee!

  150. Elizabeth says:

    I usually start with Hancock fabrics and then onto online shopping but I really loathe buying knits online since I like to feel them first. Thanks for the giveaway!

  151. Catherine says:

    I’ve never before sewn with knits, but have been itching to try. This would be the perfect opportunity to jump in the pool with both feet!

  152. Erin says:

    I have not sewn with knits yet. I think this pattern would be a great way to start.

  153. Amy says:

    One reason I don’t sew with knits a lot is because it’s so hard to find good-quality knits. I lucked out at my local independent fabric store and bought some decent knits with a boy theme for PJs. (Of course, now they just have pink!) Decent knits are getting easier to find (the Laguna knit line, for example), but I’d like to see some knits with grown-up patterns, too.

  154. Jessica T says:

    I really like sewing with knits probably because I enjoy wearing them. I’ve been trying to work with many different kinds, but so far I’ve had the best luck with the heavier kind. So far I’ve purchased from Girl Charlee and Joanns

  155. Lee says:

    I have not used knits yet! I have looked at purchasing them from some on line shops

  156. Jennie says:

    I have yet to sew with knits but there was a pretty blue and white knit at the local fabric shop this week which would be perfect for this.

  157. Sarah C. says:

    I’m new to knits I have made a couple of Maxi skirts I do not all the kinds either so i can not give you that answer. Joann is where i purchased from because I like to touch and feel my purchase weird i know. Just purchased a lot from Charlie Girl online great selection. Great dress Thanks for the giveaway.

  158. Samina says:

    I’ve done a bit of sewing with knits. I purchased my knits from fabric.com & fabricmart.com. Nothing too high end yet, but I’m not confident enough to tackle the really good stuff.ff

  159. Andrea S. says:

    I absolutely love this pattern and have really been wanting to get it! I’m just learning to sew with knits, and so far I’ve only bought things I can touch (so just from JoAnn’s) but I’m looking forward to ordering from Girl Charlee once I have a better understanding of the different types of knits.

  160. Kimberly says:

    I just recently started sewing with knits and have found some really fun knits from Girl Charlee. There are a couple that I have in mind for this particular dress.

  161. 10Ashus says:

    The images on My Inspiration Board seldom match the fabrics I can find in the local retail shops. In the past, I have chosen from whatever they had in stock. It is disappointing to select a dove gray when you wanted a blush pink. I am beginning to explore the Internet shops. It is best if you can order a swatch before ordering yardage; or, write the company to show them what you want to make and ask for their suggestions.

    http://www.girlcharlee.com
    http://www.earthgirlfabrics.com
    http://www.emmaonesock.com

  162. Kristie says:

    I’ve been disappointed with most of the knits I’ve purchased. They either pill, fade or don’t look as described online. I have had the best luck buying large knit garments at the thrift store and using the fabric to make clothes. Unfortunately, that doesn’t provide enough fabric to make a dress for myself. I’d like to know where to find good quality knits.

  163. Brenda Sutton says:

    Love this pattern. New to sewing knits, tho.

  164. Anna says:

    OO! Love this new dress. I really want to exactly replicate the grey version, and in the UK Tissu fabrics carry loads of good solid jersey options… for not much money… ooh la la I want!!

  165. Kelly P says:

    I think I’ve only bought knits from fabric.com. I like the knits I’ve bought there, but I do tend to stick with manufacturers I already know (e.g., Robert Kaufman). This dress is lovely!

  166. Marci Girl says:

    Right now I shop Girl Charlee, but I want to try Wanderlust Fabrics next!

  167. Marty W says:

    I’ve not sewed knits yet but I love the look of this pattern so might have to give it a try.

  168. Jenniffer says:

    Still learning about knits so not a favourite store yet

  169. Melissa says:

    I usually buy my knits form GirCharlee…or fabric.com. A lot of knits out there are thin but I prefer a heavier knit for no see thru skirts and dresses! This pattern is perfect!

  170. Ellyn says:

    I have a hard time finding good quality knits! Will check out the sources others have mentioned

  171. JennP says:

    i’ve just started sewing with knits and am excited to learn more! So no specific source yet but I’ll be following to see what’s suggested in this thread. That’s such a great dress.

  172. Amy Harward says:

    I have never sewn with knits before, but have wanted to try for a while. I hear Girl Charlee Fabrics has a great selection and quality of knits. Would LOVE to win this pattern and try it out! Thanks for the chance to win!

  173. Dani says:

    I get my fabric wherever I can find something that I really like! Whether it’s online somewhere or in stores. It doesn’t matter to me. As long as the fabric is high quality and cute. I love this pattern! Very cute. I would love to make this!

  174. Danielle says:

    I shop for my knit fabrics on Girl Charlee. They have such a great selection to choose from and everything is reasonable priced. I have been wanting this pattern for a while. I would love to win !

  175. Alli says:

    I buy most of my knits at Girl Charlee. :)

  176. Amy M says:

    Spoonflower has wonderful knit and you can design your own print or use someone else’s creative creation.Beautiful dress! I would make it for both of my daughters.

  177. Karen says:

    My best source for great knit fabrics is Colorado Fabrics, located in the Denver, CO metro area. Amazing selection of designer and high quality apparel fabric. And if you stick to the bargain section, which is overflowing, you can get amazing knits for $4.99/yd and under. If you’re in the area, I definitely suggest a visit!

  178. Rachel says:

    I love this pattern! I’ve been eyeing it since it came out! So far I’ve picked up my knits from JoAnn’s, but I am hoping to get some from http://www.girlcharlee.com/ soon. :-)

  179. Chrissy says:

    I would love to win this! I love Girl Charlee’s website but once in awhile I do find some at Pennington Quilt Works. I wish there were more local shops with knits. I don’t like JoAnn’s.

  180. Danielle says:

    I have only made one thing with knits, and I purchased my fabric from Girl Charlee . I just love all of their choices in different kinds of knits and lots of different designs. I have been eyeing this pattern for quite a while. I have never made anything from a pattern before but i would love this one to be my first!

  181. Jaimee says:

    When choosing a knit for myself, I try to find a bit of body and a moderate stretch. For this dress I would also look for a staple solid that works with my existing toppers for work, and at least one print that’s not too cutesy for my age. I like a small print that almost reads as a solid!

  182. DebbieKL says:

    I haven’t done much work with knits. I love that this dress pattern comes in two lengths!

  183. Julie says:

    So far, I have tried buying knits at local stores like Hancock and Joann’s so that I can feel them. I think I would trust many of the new knits coming out now from Art Gallery, so I hope to order some soon. Love this pattern!

  184. Amy Mayen says:

    I love L’Ouseau for knits and I’ll tell anybody who’ll listen. The Stenzo jersey knits are magical. I’m completely obsessed:)

  185. Katie says:

    I buy solids by the roll from San Luis Textile in la. I also like Robert kaufmans knits for leggings and heavier weight quality knits. I did buy from girl Charlie once and some etsy vendors. Love this dress! I love a 50′s throwback sillouette.

  186. Teresa Green says:

    I have not sewn with Knits – but I am willing to try with this dress – I love this dress and how versatile it is – I usually shop online because I live very rural area – so I would find a shop that I have had success with and find a nice Knit there. What a great giveaway.

  187. angie s. says:

    I don’t have a favorite source yet. I have only sewn knits a few times. Colorado Fabrics is the best local source but not a huge selection. I would love to make this dress.

  188. I love sewing with knits, mainly due to the fact that I love wearing knits! My local fabric store Abakhan (also at http://www.Abakhan.co.uk) have a great selection in their ‘remnant bins’ although the rems can be many meters long!

  189. Jenny says:

    My favorite place to snag knits is Michael Levine’s Loft, in downtown LA. I usually end up with arm fulls! And it’s all by the pound… it’s a lot like heaven.

  190. Love seeing with knits and have been “eyeing” this pattern for awhile! :-)

  191. alana says:

    I have purchased knits from fabric.com. I usually like to pick cotton fabrics with a bit of stretch. I have sewn a few t shirts, but would love to make this knit dress!

  192. Corrie says:

    I love to shop for knits here: http://www.girlcharlee.com/

    I would love to try this dress! Fingers crossed!

  193. Holly says:

    Oh, I like this dress. So comfortable-looking. I have not sewn with knits yet except for a disastrous scarf I tried to make with a knit fabric from Joann’s. I will be watching the comments to see what others are saying about their favorites places to buy knit fabrics though. Thanks for the giveaway.

  194. Carla says:

    Love this pattern. My favorite knits are ponte, and I usually get them from girl charlee.

  195. Terry says:

    I have just discovered how easy and fun sewing with knits can be and now I have found some patterns to explore — thanks #!}

  196. Ashley says:

    I have had good luck finding yards of knit fabric at thrift stores. If I can’t find it there I’ll head to my local Lens Mills or Fabricland.

  197. Candy Mak says:

    I love sewing with knits, they are so comfy to wear!

  198. Elizabeth says:

    I personally find it really hard to find knits that aren’t either super-stretchy or super stiff… it’s so hard to buy knits online when you can’t feel them! If anyone has a good source that won’t break the bank, let me know…? ;)

  199. Lori M says:

    I haven’t sewn much with knits but I love clothes that are made from knit fabrics.

  200. Emily B. says:

    I just got my first sewing machine and I’ve been having a ball making baby and kid clothing, but I’m excited to start making some clothes for myself. So far, my favorite source for fabrics is Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver, CO

  201. Brittany Dunlap says:

    I have yet to find a place that has good quality that isn’t too costly. I prefer to upcycle to keep costs down.

  202. sarah says:

    I’ve just gotten back into sewing after a long break but have never sewn with knits before. This pattern would be a great reason to give them a try.

  203. heather says:

    Girl Charlee!

  204. Shannon says:

    What a CUTE dress and I have the perfect black knit for it! I don’t have a source for knit…just pick it up whenever I find one that appeals to me…

  205. Barbara says:

    I’ve only just started using knits and it isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. Unfortunately it is not easy to find knits in pretty colors in my part of the world. I’m enjoying reading other people’s comments.

  206. nicola says:

    haven’t sewn dresses or come to that any clothing for years but all these lovely patterns are making me want to try particularly as i have a poor student daughter who would love me to make clothes for her preferably for free!

  207. Jolien says:

    My local shop has many types of mono-color knit, but just a few prints (dots & stripes, not much more) so if I want something special I have to browse the internet… I bought some fun Lillestoffe through a Dawanda (German/Austrian version of Etsy) store. :)

  208. I love sewing with knits and it has been a while I have my eye on this pattern. I like choosing my knit by feeling them, evaluate their stretch ability. So I don’t purchase online.

  209. Mandi says:

    I like getting knits from Girl Charlee! Beautiful pattern.

  210. Amber Arnold says:

    I love all of the knits I have gotten for Girl charlee so far. Great selection and reasonable prices.

  211. Crystal D says:

    I would love to win this dress pattern! It looks super comfy! I usually buy my knits from a variety of online sources (GirlCharlee, Purple Seamstress….). Just yesterday I found a store 3 hours north of me called Zinck’s Fabric Outlet that carries a variety of knits at bargain prices! I have sewn with knit and own a great serger!

  212. cynthia says:

    What a wonderfully wearable dress! I’m very fond of emmaonesock.com for knits!

  213. Carrie says:

    I’m a knit virgin! So many patterns I love for knits about but I’m scared to order any fabric online. There isn’t a great selection in shops near me and as it is quite expensive here in the UK you kind of want to see and touch it before you buy. Any recommendations on designers/manufacturers welcome. This is a dress I would definitely buy so would be great to make my own!

  214. LauraB says:

    I wish I had a favorite source for knits but so far, I’ve been too scared to do any real sewing with them. This dress is great, though. I just might have to sew one! :) (and would love to win the pattern)

  215. Kathy Minnick says:

    My favorite place for fabric is the super. Joannes in Mt Laurel, NJ! Great selection…what I look for in a knit is weight. I want a knit that is more sturdy and will stand up to my washing machine. I dont use the dryer for knits so the better the quality the less likely to lose its shape and NO curling in the hems.

  216. knottygnome says:

    i’m a big fan of girl charlee for knit fabrics. love this dress pattern!

  217. Tracy says:

    I love a little independent shop in the UK called Madjaks and have made some lovely quick jersey maxi skirts with their fabric.

  218. Kerry says:

    I typically just get knit fabric from Hobby Lobby or Hancock Fabrics. Not the best quality, but oh well. :) Cute dress!

  219. Margo says:

    I’ve mostly bought knits online at FabricMart and Girl Charlee. If they’re available near me, I love to buy them in person as well!

  220. Tracy says:

    I love a little independent shop in the SE of the UK called Madjaks.

  221. Jessica says:

    I love fabric.com for knits!

  222. Gail Saunders says:

    I haven’t sewn with knits in ages. Unfortunately we don’t have very interesting fabric stores in my area. I’m trying to geT away from wearing jeans all the time so this dress would be perfect. Even though the model is young and slim I think the dress would work on my old and plump body

  223. Lauren M. says:

    I am fairly new to sewing and would love to try this pattern. I have heard great things about a local shop, Peapod Fabrics, but I have not been there. Looking forward to others’ favorite stores, especially if they have an online store.

  224. Jenny says:

    I haven’t made any knits for many years when they were very popular. I have just bought the Renfrew top and will have to source some fabric, probably online.

  225. JenRogers says:

    I haven’t sewn with knits yet but I look forward to trying. I shop for fabric locally as well as online.
    Online I have bought from Hawthorn Threads and a few Etsy shops.

  226. Faith says:

    I like Girl Charlee for the wide selection of print patterns and different types of knits.

  227. Sarah Harwood says:

    I usually order from Girl Charlie. I try to look for heavier knits and recently they have had some nice bamboo knits. I’ve sewn a lot of maxi skirts but would love to add some dresses to my wardrobe.

  228. Sarah J. says:

    I’ve not tried sewing knits yet– but I am working up the nerve to try. I hear Girl Charlee is a good place for knits though. Thanks for the chance to win!

  229. Amber H says:

    I haven’t done a ton of sewing with knits, just dabbled a bit with some I’ve picked up at JoAnn’s but the selection is not the greatest. I have been checking out girl charlee – they seem to have a wide selection of cute patterns. This would be the perfect excuse to actually purchase some :) Thanks for the chance to win this cute pattern!

  230. Sarah says:

    I am currently struggling trying to find knits on Vancouver Island :0(

  231. Shannon P says:

    There is a local place I go to that has a great selection of knits-I always look for vibrant patterns or versatile solids!

  232. Angela says:

    I have ordered from girl Charles several times and love the wide selection. I’m not always happy with the quality though – sometimes show wear after just a few washes. I’ve had better luck with fabric from Joann’s but the selection is so limited there.

  233. Melissa Simpson says:

    I have not found a great source for knits, but I really want to try Chez Ami and Eurogirls

  234. Emily says:

    Love purpleseamstress on FB

  235. Tracey says:

    My local store is Joann Fabrics. I love them and their sales for everything, including knits. I’ve also recently found fabric.com though I haven’t bought knits from there yet.

  236. Shana says:

    I don’t sew with knits that often, but when I do it’s usually upcycling clothing. I’ve had my eye on Girl Charlee fabrics (and of course Sew Caroline’s upcoming fabric line) for a very long time and would LOVE to make an out & about dress with something knit-tacular! Okay, that was cheesy ;)

  237. beth p. says:

    Love, love, love this dress!

  238. Danielle H says:

    I haven’t ventured into sewing with knots yet but would love to. This dress is adorable. The only local fabric stores are Joann’s and hobby lobby so I guess that’d be where I’d check fabrics out.

  239. I mostly buy knits from girlcharlee.com and fabric.com.

  240. San says:

    I’ve only bought knits from my local Joannes , but I really haven ‘t been pleased with the quality. I intend to try out a few different places online i just wish there was a better local option- I like to touch before I buy.

  241. Larissa says:

    I generally just get mine at JoAnn Fabrics.

  242. Anna says:

    My local independent fabric shop has a pretty limited selection of knits, but it’s a well-curated selection. I love to buy locally from them if possible.

  243. Susan Alford says:

    Would love to win this pattern to try a knit dress. It’s been a very long time since I’ve made clothing as I have been sewing quilts for a few years now. It’s time to get back to making some dresses! I don’t have a favorite source for knits but am reading the comments with great interest.

  244. Aura Oriano says:

    I’m trying to work with thinner knits this summer, but the amount of curl on the tissue-weight knits is about to drive me mad. I get my lightweight knits at District Fabric in Seattle but have had great success with a ponte from Bolt Fabric in Portland. I’ll grab some different ponte color ways in the fall and winter.

  245. Kadybug says:

    This dress is super cute! Honestly I have never sewn with knits. I would love to give it a go.

  246. DianeY says:

    While I like to feel knits before purchasing, I’m forced to buy mainly online. I will buy from anywhere that sells name brand knits that I can count on. Most recently,I’ve bought from Hawthorne Threads & Shu Shu Fabrics

  247. taryn oakley says:

    I typically only sew with knits for my kiddos, and so I mostly upcycle old clothes. I have bought a few knit fabrics at Fabric Depot, my local huge fabric store. If I were to sew this dress for me, I would need to find a good source! ;)

  248. Amy G says:

    I don’t buy a ton of knits, usually I just up cycle old shirts. But if I need more yardage I check fabric.com or girl charlee.

  249. Elaine Satterfield says:

    I have not sewn with knits and I keep thinking I should give it a try! I LOVE this pattern!

  250. Pat Chandler says:

    Anna Maria Horner just posted her new knit fabrics – I ordered 2 yards each of two differnt fabrics. This pattern would be great with either or both fabrics!

  251. Maaike says:

    I only sewed knits one time, so I don’t have a favorite source yet. I’d probably buy knits in an actual store, though, so I can see the thickness and the quality of the fabric.

  252. Jennie says:

    I get my knits from Girl Charlee. I’m trying to learn more about the different types/weights of knits.

  253. Nupur says:

    The only knits I’ve sewn with are old T-shirts, when upcycling them! I’d love to know of some good sources.

  254. Beth says:

    I buy knits at a fabric depot. I love how forgiving they are!

  255. Lilia says:

    I used to buy knits from Sewzanne’s Fabrics. But it closed last year after 10 years. :( I’ve also purchased from Fabric.com

  256. Michaeleen says:

    I just learned how to sew with knits so I’m excited to see some advice here on sources. Great giveaway! I would love to make the maxi version.

  257. Tracy Chin says:

    I have not yet sewn with knits, but I really like Hawthorne Threads. I think they carry a very nice selection.




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