Winter is FINALLY taking a hike. That means swingy spring dresses are now de rigeur! Since springtime makes me think of the color green, I got to thinking about one of my favorite green things -- Greedo from "Star Wars: A New Hope." He's my fave SW character (I can't explain it; I just love him and want him to be my bestie), and I can never get enough Greedo goodies.
So, I played around in Photoshop to make a Greedo Damask pattern, and ordered a couple of yards of it printed on Spoonflower's Modern Jersey.
While I awaited my fabric, I selected a pattern. I settled on Simplicity 8015 for the bodice. I liked the colorblocking of view D, and the sleeve length of view C. Using patterns that aren't necessarily designed for knits, especially when it comes to dresses, is one of my favorite pattern hacks.
Because I had a lovely French terry for my black fabric that has an extremely smooth hand and a lot of stretch, I skipped the zipper entirely, so my dress just pulls on, easy peasy. I didn't want a gathered skirt, though, so I just cut a simple circle skirt instead. That way it has all that nice, swingy volume, but doesn't add bulk at the waist.
I also added a band around the neckline, made with a strip of the same black French terry. I don't like fussing with facings, especially when working with knits, and it ends up with a very sporty neckline this way.
So now I am ready to welcome warmer temps! I have some other custom Greedo fabric (FLORAL!!) so watch this space for more knitwear from a galaxy far, far away!