After successfully creating a trendy sweatshirt using Vogue 8670 pattern, I decided to use it again to create an easy sweatshirt dress. I followed the same steps as I did for the sweatshirt, tapering from size 8 to size 12 at the hips, but instead of cutting the fabric at a shirt length, I just eyeballed a longer length for a dress.
I used a cotton-blend sweater knit from Paron Fabric. While it is very warm and comfortable, I wouldn't use it again. As you can see, the fabric is made of knitted loops - every time I cut the fabric it would cut a loop and white fuzz would fly everywhere! In order to prewash the fabric I had to serge all edges first, otherwise the fabric would unravel in the washing/drying machines! I'd like a pair of sweatpants in this color, but since I've seen similar sweatpants at H&M, if I really do want them I'll save myself the trouble of making it!
It was easy to sew up the dress (I just serged everything) but the hem would not stay flat. I think sewing the hem stretched out the fabric, because instead of an A-line dress it became a fluted hem! Similarly, sewing the sleeve hems stretched them out a bit, but that mattered less because it was not too noticeable. I was aiming for a dress similar to Tilly's fabulous sweatshirt dress, linked here, which inspired me to make a sweatshirt dress. She used the Lola pattern by Victory Patterns, pictured below, which many have highly recommended.
The stretched out hem on my version was driving me crazy. Whenever I walked around in it, the hem would sort of flail around and hit the back of my knees at every step. To try and fix this I cut off the hem, took in the sides by many inches (so the skirt wouldn't be so flared) and then serged on a cuffed hem (since using the sewing machine to hem would just stretch it out like it did the first time). And for the most part, it worked!
The hem was considerably less flared and way more wearable. Since I shortened the dress and sewed on a hem band, it actually turned out a lot like the Lola pattern by Victory Patterns, maybe I should've just bought that pattern in the first place!
Sorry for the headless photo, you can see the hem doesn't lay nicely flat but I'm not sure how to fix that and still have very stretchy hem for easy walking. Maybe I have to wear a slip under it, though that seems a bit silly for a sweatshirt! If you have suggestions please let me know, but this clingy hem hasn't stopped me from wearing it in public and being very toasty! Final thoughts: Make a sweatshirt dress if you want to be very warm, it's like wearing a big blanket!