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    Spring Dresses to Make with Knit Fabrics
    Knit Dresses to Sew for Spring

    Spring is approaching the Northern Hemisphere, and we are all turning our minds to warm weather sewing. Take the guesswork out of choosing the right fabric with our pattern+fabric pairing recommendations! This post will cover our favorite knit dress patterns.

    cotton jersey fabric

    Patterns for jersey without spandex

    When your fabric does not have spandex, that means the stretch it contains is the natural stretch that comes with knit fabrics (often called mechanical stretch). It will not bounce back well when stretched. Jersey without spandex can be used for looser fitting patterns with simple turned hems (not cuffs).

    Love Notions Summer Basics Tank Top and Dress

    Greenstyle Valerie Dress

    cotton spandex jersey

    Patterns for jersey with spandex

    Knits with spandex have extra stretch that comes from that specific fiber. They will "recover" or bounce back to their original shape. When your knit has spandex, you can create tight-fitting garments that will stretch around the body but not lose shape.

    Greenstyle Courtside Dress

    Sinclair Patterns Valley Skater Dress

    ponte scuba knit fabric

    Patterns for ponte/double knits/scuba

    Ponte, double knit, and scuba can be loosely lumped together. They tend to be thicker than jersey and their stretch percentage can vary (check the listing!). These are often synthetic fibers.

    Closet Core Patterns Nettie Dress and Bodysuit

    Sinclair Patterns Alana Dress

    swim fabric

    Pattens for swim fabrics

    Yes, you CAN use swim fabric for something other than swim! Don't be afraid to use a swim knit in the same way you'd use a jersey with spandex. Test against the light to see if it needs a lining, but otherwise you can sew with swim to make garments without any special consideration.

    Greenstyle Sky Tank Dress

    Pattern Emporium Dream On Dress

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