This last week I was lucky to test a pattern for Jess at Craftiness is not Optional. This was my second time testing for her (first one here), and I am in constant awe of her ability to create so many adorable and versatile patterns. The newest pattern, the Lulu Top and Dress is no exception, with two lengths and variations like cap sleeves, pockets, a bow and a faux placket. It's a great pattern to mix and match prints, because like she says "a girl's gotta have options".
I often check out her blog for inspiration, her photos are serious eye candy. Today she posted pics of all the testers, and seriously I want to copy like half of them. So cute! The strawberry/chambray and solid red knit oh my!
I've only worked on a couple of knit projects before, so there was bit of a learning curve for me, but that being said, knit newbies should not be afraid! Throughout the pattern, Jess has included lots of helpful hints about sewing with knits and an awesome graphic to determine fabric stretch.
I chose to make the Lulu top with faux placket. The pink knit is upcycled from a tank top and the floral is a sweet vintage pillowcase I picked up awhile ago. That's one of the other things I liked about this pattern, you can mix knit and wovens...again so many options!
I struggled most with the knit binding pieces on the neckline and sleeves. First I naively thought I could use my woven fabric here. Which was totally cute, but I couldn't exactly get it over her head. Oops, rookie mistake. Fortunately I was able to salvage the bias tape and made this ruffled faux placket instead. Which I think turned out much cuter, yay for happy accidents.
By the way, after taking these photos, I remembered that when my daughter was born we took photos by this same lilac tree. Since her birthday is this next week, it seemed a fitting time to see her then and now (5 years later).
Sniff sniff, they grow up so fast.