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U/D Sweater Dress & Hot Pattern Free Shrug Download


This dress from acrylic knit  is lined with silk weight power dry and has longer blousing at the waist.  The ribbing at neckline, cuffs and hem is the same rayon used on the first wool knit

So now I have 3 versions of this pattern and I like how the ribbing at the bottom naturally pegs the hemline.  The pattern has you cut the hemline ribbing in two pieces but joining this nasty ribbing results in a seam that can cause it to flare out as you can see above.

I had a short bit of metallic silk I used to make a scarf.  I cut the fabric in half, seamed it end to end and used the 3-thread rolled hem to finish all the edges.  It was tough to keep the fabric under the serger foot, it kept wanting to slip out from under the needles, so I had to pull the fabric to the right (using my left hand) as it came out from the serger foot.

Sometimes the simplest things take lots of extra time and care!  I still haven’t used the pattern for the mobius scarf accessory and perhaps I should on the next version of this dress.

I have so much of this ribbing that I am tempted to use the latest free download from Hot Patterns to make a shrug from it.  You can find the download here .  It’s only available at

I like this pattern for winter knit dresses.  Easy!





About Mary Beth

I am fascinated by changing patterns and colored threads. I sew garments and am teaching myself to machine knit. Since selling the building that housed my workrooms, The Stitchery, I'm searching for a place to set up the knitting machines again. There must be room here somewhere!

12 responses »

  1. That’s a great dress. Love the print. Thank you for the shug download.

  2. Gorgeous! It’s sassy, it’s comfortable and it is totally you!

  3. Nice print to use for the dress.

  4. This dress looks wonderful on you. I like the print and contrast fabric.

  5. This dress looks fabulous on you, the photo stage is grand! Look at the chair design and the paisley patterns in the fabric, the backdrop! Grand!!!
    BTW, I think all your recent sewings are fabulous. Love them all!

  6. Beautiful dresses. Where did you get the ribbing for them? I’m having a terrible time finding ribbing anywhere!

  7. You are working these dresses! You look chic, yet comfortable. Of course, paisley is one of my favorite prints, too.

  8. I love that paisley Mary Beth!

  9. Got quite a start when I saw your latest U/D knit dress. I had that same fabric, which actually got made (miracle) into a pullover. Looks great on you. I think mine was purchased from G-Street in ’98. Makes me itch, so while soft, it’s got some wool in it.

    • Yeah, Meridith, thanks for mentioning this. I was thinking that this fabric was a blend and even includes some rabbit fur or something. Underlining sure improves how it feels 🙂

      I bought this through a coop purchase, I think…long ago…distant past…mumble….

  10. Hi MaryBeth, I nominated you for the Honest Scrap Award. I posted the info on my blog:

    Shameless self-promotion, I know, but also a nice way to find interesting new blogs. 🙂


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