Knitphobia Immersion Treatment

I like to take the path less travelled or the path that already has a 4 lane highway and a Stuckeys on it. Today that would be Mccalls  5974


and Burda 6919.


I have loved all the knit wear I’ve seen on other sewists, but I totally shy away from it. I just haven’t found the hem technique that makes it work for me. A few months ago, I bought out the fabricmart knit sale and now I have lots of knit staring at me  in a judging manner. Damn, first the chiffon, now you, why are you all so hateful, textiles? So I finally got around to some dresses for fall. In the south, fall is the 3 days in October that you can open the car windows without puddling up. I celebrate it.

These dresses don’t really feel like the same sewist choices do they? Well, I was feeling like Patty Duke when I cut them out. You get me? I have the lyrics ready for you to sing along with me.

Meet Cathy, who’s lived most everywhere,
From Zanzibar to Barclay Square.
But Patty’s only seen the sights
A girl can see from Brooklyn Heights –
What a crazy pair!

But they’re cousins,
Identical cousins all the way.
One pair of matching bookends,
Different as night and day.

Where Cathy adores a minuet,
The Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette,
Our Patty loves to rock and roll,
A hot dog makes her lose control –
What a wild duet!

Still, they’re cousins,
Identical cousins and you’ll find,
They laugh alike, they walk alike,
At times they even talk alike –

You can lose your mind,
When cousins are two of a kind.

Earworm torture time:

Ok, now me. Just keep that theme on a loop and sing along, m’kay?


Now, Mccalls 5974 is becoming a very work friendly dress. I made 3 little changes.


1 – I liked the front to just meet and not wrap, I planned a pop of color with a camisole under  to break up the cloying paisley overload.

2- I lengthened the sleeves to take it farther into the season, but didn’t have enough fabric to go full length.

3- I also narrowed my sashes a bit- again, not enough fabric- this pattern in the fuller skirt is a fabric hog. Soo-wee!pr1

Scope my dandy hoof covers. MY brother gave me an Amazon gift card and now he can technically be blamed for these clompy treats that the husband hates. Oh, piss off- Patty would love them!


Burda Time:  I love me some Burda. It makes me feel continental and worldy. Like reading Proust or saying ‘pension’. I looved the top of this, but hated the bottom. When  I got the top set and started playing with those pleats at the waist, it got bulky and frumpy on Ms Holloway, so I knew that it was time to drop back and punt. I used the skirt back to make the front into a slimmer line and I think it’s better on me. cd3

I am not sold on this. It fits closer to my gentle curves than  I would care for and I am only Joan Holloway in my dreams. This is perfect not ready for a work appearance. When they talk about me in the cafeteria, let it be for my bad taste in prints, not sizing!


Ok,back into B&W mode-  not a one of you deserved this, but here- it’s Patty gettin’ down!

photo credits: pattern review, youtube, meadhawg. All images remain the property of their original owners.

77 thoughts on “Knitphobia Immersion Treatment

  1. sewbussted says:

    Well, I say WOW. That Burda dress looks great on you. I say make another.
    I also like the McCalls. The color is lovely on you and I like the overal softness.
    A hit on both fronts.


  2. You have passed the knit test in flying colours (so to speak). That pink paisley and pink shoes and cute little ankle socks – it is just so darn cute and lovely on you. That pop of green really sets it off.

    Now let us talk about the second dress. You really should re-think your thoughts on this one cause it really makes you look va va voom – gorgeous – sexy – not too tight at all. I say wear it every day and make the mister beg for attention. If I looked that good in a dress I would make it in every colour in every fabric and never wear another style.


      • Please please please – read all the comments. Although I really like the first dress the second really slims you down and gives you a great figure. Wear a slip under it – that is what I do if I think a dress shows “rolls” and if you feel a bit “out there” with it – pop a cardi or a jacket over it which will take a bit of the silhouette off it but still show of that fabulous figure that you have been hiding. Take a look at the 2 pictures side by side on PR gallery. You can really see how many pounds that 2nd dress takes off you. You look like a 50s film star.


  3. MeeeYOW!!! I’m LOVING the Burda on you! It’s hot hot hot! But I can see how it’s a bit va-va-voom for work, but it’s perfect for a night out at Stuckey’s! Could you swap the skirt for a circle skirt or a pleated skirt for work?


  4. Welcome to the world of knits – never again will they glare at you accusingly (chiffon, well, mine still mutter that scarves are not proper sewing garments, to them I say – hmmuph) 😉
    I love the pink zebra fabric, it’s SO you – with my vavavoom knit dresses that are only for hubby’s eyes, I wear them as a slip under a skirt – perfect for a pop of colour on a wrap skirt where, on their own, either would be too revealing…


  5. Both of these dresses are great on you. #1 is a cool look and you’ve made it work for your shape and colour. #2 is amazing. That’s a great dress to go partying in. I wear slips under fitted knit dress or line them with tricot so they don’t ‘stick’ to me.
    I hope you have lots more knit success.


  6. Wow, both dresses are fantastic but the Burda dress is amazing. You look stunning, so confident and on top of the world, ruler of all! Okay maybe it’s not a work dress but certainly a going out dress. Don’t banish it to the back of the closet, you look fantastic in it!


  7. Oooh, the Burda dress looks freaking fantastic on you! Make more, make more! McCall’s 5974 is one of my TNT patterns (views A & B for me) — I use it all the time to make up all those Fabric Mart knits that I can’t stop snapping up :D!


  8. I’m having a hard time believing your case of knitphobia. Your dresses look wonderful. I’ve been afraid to try that McCall’s pattern. But I really want to. Yours looks great. As does the Burda.


  9. The Burda really works on you with the changed skirt, surely you will come to love it. McC – good changes, wrap meeting to allow contrast plunge fill and less drama with the ties, a hit.


  10. When I read your title I thought you meant the other kind of knit…you know, the one that involves the GIANT needles. I have that kind of knitphobia.

    You, however, are rocking the fabric sort of knits – good job! All you really need to focus on with knits is making sure the grain is straight when you cut. After that, it’s a piece of cake! imho, of course, so take it for what it’s worth….


  11. Damn, lady. That Burda frock looks fine! Love it hard!
    Knit fabrics scare and confuse me- drape, weight, cling. You are taking the bull by the horns like a boss!


  12. I always think you massively underestimate yourself. You have vavavoom & that straight dress looks good on you. Just slap on some attitude. I’ve got that Burda pattern, it’s on top of my pile of ‘things I really want to make soon’.


  13. It could be all in how they “feel” that bothers you. Sometimes we look killer in a dress but it hugs us just a little tighter than normal and we are out of our “comfort zone”. I think that is the issue for you with the Burda…I think it is also hard to make a bat-wing sleeve dress look right without sewing higher up and closer to the armpit to bring the eye up instead of down. The pink dress gives you comfort and coverage but the pink shoes…I’d try green wedges or flats…the pink shoes seem too chunky and would look better with pants.


  14. ParisGrrl says:

    Kittenish to Sex Kitten in a single leap…should we send help, or just chocolate? Both look good…maybe adding just a bit more skirt ease (but don’t go overboard, because that silhouette works for you) as well as the adjustment mrs mole suggested to your next iteration of the Burda will make you feel more comfortable, and I bet the pink dress would be fab with nude heels, or a black cami and matching shoes.


  15. I have to agree- you are rocking the Burda dress! I would definitely wear that to work if I were you. It’s fantastic! The pink paisley is really cute too. Congratulations on entering the knit world! You will never turn back now.


  16. yeah for conquering knits. and I noticed those shoes immediately. I love them! both dresses look great, and I think one is perfect for work and the other for after 5 wearing. as for hemming knits, for a straight skirt or a top, I make about a 1.25″ hem, then put a piece of fusible interfacing on the inside seam allowance. then just sew at about 1″ from the edge with a longish stitch. If I want it to look more RTW I put two rows. the fusible helps the stitching to not wobble or pucker. for wider skirts I just press a small hem and stitch.


  17. T says:

    I am quite of the mind that you could give Joanie a run for her money in your Burda number! Seriously hot stuff. Never even seen this pattern and now it’s on The List. Love it.


  18. That Burda dress is a fantastic jaw-dropper! Where have you been hiding?! Love these dresses. I eschewed knits for years, and now must confess that I will readily reach for a me-made knit dress before a woven…. Love these!


  19. splendidcakes says:

    Wow- I can’t believe no one commented on Patty’s singing- she put out several records, you know!!
    Oh,and the dresses are FAB- and listen to everyone about the Burda- yowza!!!!


  20. Rowr! That slinky burda number is HAWT. I think you look absolutely Joan Holloway, where have toy been hiding that glorious shape! Wear it with pride, you look gorgeous. (I like the other dress too, but can’t get past the divinity of the zebra). If you want more bang for buck with the dress, wear under a fuller skirt to use the bodice as a top. Personal style and comfort are important so if it doesn’t work for you then it doesn’t, but you can definitely rock a fitted silhouette. Show me more!


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