January and February have been busy, busy sewing months for me - but also a lot of fun! Part of that included this pattern test for the ultimate cozy sweater dress - Jasper from Paprika Patterns - and its new collar!
I've really been enjoying my pattern test experiences lately. It's neat to be able to give feedback to help others, and it's cool that I feel that I'm at the level now where I can do so!
This pattern though, having already been released previously with different collar options, was really set to go!
One thing I did feel badly about - I have a serious swayback/large bottom issue. I was hoping it wouldn't be a problem (stretchy fabric, lots of ease in the pattern), but things did not go well, purely because of my body shape (and not the pattern). However, I'm happy to report for those that might have similar issues, that I was able to modify the dress, even after sewing it up, to fit absolutely perfectly. By altering the princess seams that join the side panel to the back panel, I was able to eliminate any excess fabric in the small of my back. Additionally, I lengthened the hem band by one inch to account for any missing fabric.
Another great thing about this pattern is that the Jasper Sweater/Dress is a relatively quick sew! I made it in an evening, and it would have gone a lot quicker if it hadn't have been for the pattern matching (which I did a pretty fantastic job on, if I do say so myself!)
I used an incredibly cozy sweater knit fabric from Fabric Crush, a local store here in Ottawa. I was happy to have the extra stretch around my bottom area, even though the pattern calls for sweatshirt knit (which has a little less stretch).
I also love the kangaroo pocket! I was worried, as it's right on the mid-section, that it would draw attention to it in a negative way - but that was not the case! It actually, I find, masks any food baby - which I field tested for quality assurance on SuperBowl Sunday!
This dress has become a wardrobe staple for winter for me, I can pair it easily with leggings, and it works really well for my "working from home" lifestyle.
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.