Sweater knit seems to be the hot fabric this season. It is soft, warm and comfortable, how can you not love that? Honestly it’s been a tough hot summer and I wanted to do something for fall and start the changes now. I went to Joann Fabric and found what I was looking for.


My pattern, I got the dress below from Clash in the Oregon District that I love and it was starting to fall apart. For a few years now I have been planning on cutting it and using it as a pattern. The cool thing is if a  garment fits you great already it makes it easy to remake because you do not need to fit and alter anything.

Tracy sews and Jesy Anderson

Since I have been working on my new business Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC I have been so busy shutting down Sew Dayton plus everything it takes to start a new business. I decided to make most of this dress on my serger because it takes less time.  I cut the original dress on all of the seams to use it as my pattern.


I laid the pattern pieces out on my fabric and cut 1/4″ extra around each piece for my seam allowance the serger would use. I also wanted the skirt fuller and longer.

Before you get started you will need to test your differential feed. Too low and it will stretch the fabric and cause wavering. Too high and gather the fabric. Each fabric is different so take your time and play with your scraps until the fabric lays flat with its stitches.


Another tip you need to use something to stabilize the shoulder seams and the waist line seam. I used simple ribbon. You do not want the knit dress continuing to stretch in those places.

I also made thin bias tape for the neckline and simply serged it all on. I finished my seams and added a zipper with my regular sewing machine. This dress was made in two episodes of X Files.


Behind the scenes~ I had my first gig as Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC at the Dayton Makers Faire.

Makers Faire 2016 Tracy McElfresh

Thank you for reading!

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
Tracy McElfresh