Done and Done: A Knit River Dress

Presenting my first knit River Dress by Megan Nielsen. As you may know, I really enjoy making a pattern a million ways and really trying to perfect it. I have made two River tops and one woven dress, so I figured it was time to work in a knit.

I was looking for a basic T-shirt dress I could layer over tights in the winter or wear on its own in the summer, and man, does this dress deliver.

I’ve been hoarding this pinstripe Art Gallery knit I got at Fabrications ages ago and was so excited to use it. It’s so soft a co-worker asked to touch it (she sews, too, so she gets how hard nice knots are to find.) It’s got great recovery and isn’t see through (you can vaguely see my black tights underneath but a nude bra is invisible.) I highly recommend this fabric.

I did a few minor changes to the pattern since the last time I made it. I graded down a size through the hip as I had no plans on belting this dress and didn’t want it to be as loose as my drapey, woven version. The fit is perfect – relaxed without being too boxy, but also definitely not body-con.

This was also my first time doing a knit v-neck finish. I find this shocking as I actually love v-necks, so I have no idea how I managed to go this long without doing one. I was a little nervous as I’ve seen others online struggle with this, but I found the instructions great and had no issues.

The last thing I did differently was the hems. I am in a constant state of convincing myself I don’t *actually* need a coverstitch and as such always trying to find new ways to finish knit garments. For this one, I decided to try a new technique in a Melly Sews tutorial I have used for other knit finishes. Can we just take a minute to appreciate how this lady has a tutorial for everything? I opted for the knit blind stitch which was ridiculously easy and looks so nice. I really like this finish on this dress as it looks cleaner and less athletic than a twin needle hem would have. Also, twin needles are fussy and this hem is not.

This dress will easily be a heavily hitter in the rotation for a loooong time.

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