Hey guys, my name is Aaronica from @Needleandthebelle. The Davenport Dress is such a dreamy pattern that coming up with a hack was hard—how do you change something that’s already so wonderful? Well, friends, I did it. In this blog post I share how I hacked the Davenport Dress to be a knit top that’s perfect for the spring and summer seasons.
When I started out sewing, I didn’t understand that you couldn’t use woven fabrics for knit patterns. But I quickly learned that you can use knit fabrics for woven patterns and that’s just what I did here. Because the pattern is drafted for woven, I didn’t have to use my coverstitch to finish the garment—my sewing machine and serger worked perfectly. So let’s get into what I did.
Materials I used:
- 2 yards of knit fabric of your choosing
- Fabric shears
- Davenport Dress pattern
- 1/4in elastic
- Safety pin
- Sewing Machine
- Serger (optional)
- Cut out the following pieces: 1 bodice front, 1 upper back bodice, 1 lower back bodice, 1 set of flutter sleeves, two of the back skirt pieces, front bodice facing.
- With right sides together (RST), pin the upper curve (the side you didn't finish) to the neckline of Bodice Front (A). Stitch. Clip curve. Flip the facing around and press.
- With right sides together (RST), pin the upper curve to the neckline of Bodice Front (A). Stitch. Clip curve. Flip the facing around and press.
- Take your length of the neckline elastic and attach a safety pin to the end and run it through the tube you created by your neckline facing. Baste the ends of your tube shut catching the elastic in your stitch.
- Gather the bodice back using whatever method you love most. Attach the back yoke to the bodice back with RST.
- Attach the front yoke pieces to the back yoke with RST. Fold the neckline down with WST and stitch.
- Attach the front yoke pieces to the front bodice with RST.
- Gather the flutter sleeve between the two notches.
- With RST, attach flutter sleeve to armscye matching the notches. Repeat on both sides.
- Match the front and back bodice pieces together lining up the armscye and sew. Repeat on both sides.
- Fold the raw edges of the armscye wrong side together and hem. Repeat on both sides.
- Sew the short sides together of the skirt pieces with RST. Repeat on both sides.
- Match the RST of the skirt and bodice. Line up the seams. Sew together with a 1inch seam.
- WIth the wrong side facing out, fold the seam down on the skirt piece and sew with a 1/8 seam allowance creating a casing for elastic. Leave 1/2 inch open to thread elastic through.
- Measure the elastic around your waist subtracting an inch. Using your safety pin, thread the elastic through. Close the casing.
- Hem your skirt.
- Rock your new top!
I hope you love this hack! I look forward to seeing these all over Instagram Land!
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