Which is why I loved how today's projects worked out. I found a great knit girl's style that is fairly quick to sew, looks cute and has allowed me to use up a lot of those hoarded Fall fabrics.
It really showcases this adorable Teagan White Nature Hike print I'd been saving for "the perfect project" since last year:
And this woodland print and a brown velour I'd sat on uses for ages too:
These wrap-front dresses are actually a pattern hack of Simplicity 1511. The wrap-around neckline in the pattern is supposed to be a sewn-in, lettuce edged, collar piece made from the main fabric. The hem length options were either a slightly too short top or a weirdly too long nightgown-like dress. I said no to all those to make this look instead. It's classic, easy to do and adds a nice solid trim to balance a busy print.
With right sides facing, and raw edges together, I stitched the ribbing to the neckline with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. I pressed the ribbing upwards on the front then wrapped it around to the back and pressed it again:
I also wanted the sleeve edge and hem to have a uniform look with the ribbed neckline, so I did the standard fold-up and twin needle top-stitch I usually do on knits.
To get as close to a factory-perfect finish as I can on my standard sewing machine, I use nylon thread in my bobbin, a narrow twin needle (I HATE the tunneling look that almost always happens with wide twin needles, so the narrower the better).
I did use the leggings that were included in the pattern to make some matching velour bottoms. They turned out fine with the Simplicity directions, but FYI - the inseam on the pants version also included is ridiculously low, so that's definitely is one to modify.
The fabric and trim choices keep it looking fresh, so I don't mind having a bunch of this style in her closet. I've even got a few more hack ideas to give it more versatility, so stay tuned - a few new versions may appear sometime soon!