Sweatshirt Dress Done!

13 Dec

The 8-2008-21 sweatshirt dress is my first La Mia Boutique pattern. I have about five of the magazines in the library and just haven’t gotten around to many of them.

When this first appeared in the August 2008 edition I was immediately drawn to it for it’s simplicity. I figured it would be hard to mess up. And, it is.

I thought this would be a totally casual weekend dress. But, with tights, boots, and huge earrings — it was perfect for the Greek ‘name day’ party I was invited to last night.

The only problem I had with the pattern was user error. I totally forgot to add seam allowances when cutting the bodice. Oops. Luckily, the dress is a sack so it doesn’t matter too much. Unlike Burda, La Mia Boutique has you trace pieces for the bands (wrist and skirt bottom).

I also ended up making the largest size — a 46 after I measured the hip area. I’m not familiar with their sizing but I’ll tell you now that it runs small. If I were to make it again, I would shorten it a smidge and taper at the bottom more. I omitted the pockets and the neck drawstring. I think pockets or a patch / kangaroo pocket would be adorable.

I bought the sweatshirt fleece from Joann’s a couple months ago at about $10 a yard and the ribbing is from the Carol Collection. The whole thing was constructed on my serger. Super fast. Super easy. Fun. And about $20.

There’s not much to say about this, but if you are so inclined, here’s the review on PatternReview.com. I noticed today there are about four garments I haven’t reviewed on PR. I’ll get to that this week ;)

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54 Responses to “Sweatshirt Dress Done!”

  1. Shannon December 13, 2009 at 08:47 #

    So cute and comfy looking! Love it!

  2. Toby Wollin December 13, 2009 at 09:11 #

    Major cuteness!!

  3. goldenstar December 13, 2009 at 09:19 #

    Stylish and comfy!

  4. LP December 13, 2009 at 09:36 #

    I had such doubts when you posted the pattern picture, before. However, you make it work. You look absolutely adorable! Great job!

  5. spottedroo December 13, 2009 at 09:42 #


    • LaKaribane December 14, 2009 at 15:04 #

      I was just about to fwd this to you, K!!!

  6. Elizabeth December 13, 2009 at 10:17 #

    very cool look!

  7. Debbie Cook December 13, 2009 at 10:29 #

    The dress is great! I bet you’ll get lots of wear out of it this winter. But have you changed your makeup or your diet or something because your face looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL in these photos! (Not that you don’t look adorable other times … trying to NOT make this sound like a backhanded compliment and hoping I’m not failing!)

    • missceliespants December 13, 2009 at 10:30 #

      Thanks Debbie! I *have* in fact changed my makeup and I keep meaning to write a blog post on it because I’M SO HAPPY with it ;)

  8. Nancy (nanflan) December 13, 2009 at 10:31 #

    Absolutely cute on you!! I could see you making a fleece one to wear with leggings.

  9. narcissaqtpie December 13, 2009 at 10:42 #

    Cute! & perfect for this bummer weather.

  10. Erica B December 13, 2009 at 11:03 #

    Very cute and comfy!

  11. Nancy K December 13, 2009 at 11:27 #

    You look great, as does the dress. The dress looks like something you’ll live in this winter. The boots, what I can see of them, look fabulous too.

  12. Judy December 13, 2009 at 11:33 #

    Very cute and looks totally comfortable!

  13. Gorgeous Things December 13, 2009 at 12:37 #

    What a great dress! It looks so comfy. Wonderful job!

  14. Lisette December 13, 2009 at 13:41 #

    You look very chic!

  15. Carolyn December 13, 2009 at 13:47 #

    Cut and fun! Glad to see you sewing again! :)

  16. Carolyn December 13, 2009 at 13:48 #

    Ummmm, that’s suppose to be cute and fun!

  17. Birgitte December 13, 2009 at 14:04 #

    What an absolutely adorable dress, you look great!

  18. Katie December 13, 2009 at 14:05 #

    SO cute and fun!! Yay for instant gratification sewing!!

  19. Christina December 13, 2009 at 14:13 #

    Cute, looks like something I’d love to wear.

    I am soooo behind on my PR reviews!

  20. Robin December 13, 2009 at 14:55 #

    tres cute! And I love it with the big earrings and boots. Perfect casual party dress.

  21. ladybean73 December 13, 2009 at 14:56 #

    This is absolutely awesome! I used to have a sweater dress I loved as a teen. I’ve struggled with the decision to try and make one now that they’re back in style. I’ll have to scout around for something more my size but I think I might be able to wing it. I love outfits than start casual but can be dressy with the right accessories. And it’ll give me more experience on my new serger. Thanks for posting this!

  22. Andrea December 13, 2009 at 15:30 #

    I don’t know about La mia boutique and if they use the “normal” Italian sizes but perhaps this might help you:

    An Italian 46 would be a 40 in Germany and a 42 in France and something like a 44 in Spain. European sizes are all different from each other another: normally you will have smaller women in the South (I think Patrones is for 164cm) and taller women in the North (KnipMode is for 172cm). There is more space for bust and hips in the South and less in the North. So there is no such thing as a European size…

  23. Julie December 13, 2009 at 16:25 #

    You rock this dress! Way cuter on you than the model. Now I wish I had one. I think your omission of the pockets and drawstring was a good call.

  24. Vicki December 13, 2009 at 16:29 #

    Nice easy project, and it looks so cute on you too!!

  25. NuJoi December 13, 2009 at 16:52 #

    Very cute! Greek name day party?

  26. Angie R December 13, 2009 at 16:58 #

    That dress on you is the bizness!

    OT…as Debbie noted, i noticed that ur looking esp stunning these days..do share your tips!

  27. ConnieB December 13, 2009 at 17:31 #

    Ditto, ditto and ditto! Running to see if maybe I have this issue!

  28. redcatbicycliste December 13, 2009 at 19:31 #

    It looks good on you…the total outfit looks good…very good coordination (and choice) of shoes and tights. Good decision that you made it without the neck drawstring.

  29. Vicki W December 13, 2009 at 20:45 #

    That is so cute and the neckline really makes special.

  30. Lisa Laree December 13, 2009 at 21:42 #

    Cute Cute Cute!!!

  31. Marcy December 13, 2009 at 23:05 #

    Love that Dress. I would wear it to work on a Friday. In fact, I would live in a dress like that!

  32. senaSews December 14, 2009 at 02:16 #

    Super cute dress. These are the best garments – stylish but comfy!

  33. sula December 14, 2009 at 04:49 #

    What a fabulous look for you.

  34. Sara December 14, 2009 at 08:28 #

    Love it!

  35. Maja December 14, 2009 at 09:34 #

    Looks great! I just love the super fast and super cheap projects.

  36. Miriam December 14, 2009 at 09:59 #

    I didn’t think this would be cute based on the pattern picture but it is! You look better than the model.

  37. The Slapdash Sewist December 14, 2009 at 10:38 #

    It came out cute! I would love to see a kangaroo pocket on it.

  38. s December 14, 2009 at 10:50 #

    I would be extremely happy if Burda would start giving pieces for the bands and stuff like that. I HATE HATE HATE those measurement things – with or without seam allowances? WTF? THey always come out wrong.

  39. Jali December 14, 2009 at 11:26 #

    Cute and fun! I am feeling the fun factor just from your pictures. Enjoy wearing this!

  40. amber December 14, 2009 at 13:26 #

    Oh, so cute! Looks like a great dress to run around in on the weekends, but still look put together.

  41. Marjie December 14, 2009 at 15:33 #

    I have a couple of “sweatdresses” I made 3 or 4 years back out of really heavy sweatshirt fabric from Joanns. I made them generously sized princess seamed. And I’ll tell you what, they get a lot of wear in January and February, when the chill pervades the air.
    Yours is a really cute idea.

  42. Carol December 14, 2009 at 16:55 #

    It looks fantastic on you! I wish I had the courage to wear things like this. I agree with Debbie Cook – you do look more beautiful!!

  43. MelissaB December 14, 2009 at 18:21 #

    That is really cute! I have a set of three LMB my in-laws just brought me back from Italy in Oct, but bummer it doesn’t include this one (I have Sept, Oct, Nov 2008).

  44. D December 14, 2009 at 20:48 #

    Now that is Fabulous!!!

  45. haitian american family of three December 14, 2009 at 21:54 #

    Hello! I just found your blog through a google search looking for fabric. I love the dress you made, it looks very hip and comfortable-and the tights rock too.

  46. Leslie December 15, 2009 at 13:07 #

    This is WAY cuter than a snuggie. Congrats!

  47. Laura Georgina December 15, 2009 at 15:17 #

    Beyond adorable! I live in hot humid weather all year, but boy do I wish I had some cold weather to justify making one…. Love the look with the boots, too.

  48. selfishseamstress December 15, 2009 at 15:36 #

    ooh, that looks cozy, but the collar is so chic! I think the seam allowance thing was a happy mistake- the fit is great as is, and I don’t think you’d want that any bigger :)

  49. Bonnie December 15, 2009 at 21:53 #

    Adorable!!! i want that pattern!

  50. barb December 16, 2009 at 07:14 #

    Cute dress and scarf!!!!

  51. joannely December 16, 2009 at 13:03 #

    Are you sure you are not a model in your spare time???? You always look so good in what you make…well maybe not that grey jacket but the pants with the same material….adorable!
    I’d write to Anne Klein about the coat with photos…you never know what can come of it…they want happy customers and not bad press on a blog….go girl!


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