I’ve sewn the Make It Perfect Big Joey dress for Clare twice before. Those were both summer versions, with short puffed sleeves. This time around it was a long sleeved, cowl neck version, appropriate for Melbourne winter.
The fabric is an acrylic fine gauge knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics. I originally bought it with Stella in mind, but she gave it a definite no. Luckily Clare gave it a definite yes! Last time I was in I spotted an alternate colourway, with more blue and brown in it. Since it’s acrylic rather than wool it isn’t super warm, but layers up nicely with other garments. Clare prefers not to wear wool next to her skin as she finds it irritating, so this was a good alternative.
This was very easy to make. Since we decided to leave off the front pocket, it didn’t take long to construct at all. There is no sleeve gathering in this version, so all of the construction was on the overlocker. I made straight size 10. Clare must have grown, because this isn’t going to fit her for long. Luckily I have another daughter to pass clothes down to!
Some of you may have realised by now that this is the same fabric that was used for the sleeves of a Mandy top and a matching infinity scarf previously blogged. I used up every scrap – waste not want not! Clare layered her dress with a beautiful hand-knitted cardigan made by her Grandma. Although the cardi is wool, it isn’t in direct contact with her skin so it doesn’t irritate.
My family have been blessed with many beautiful hand-knits over the years.