Welcoming Fall With A Rib Knit Dress & Cardi Set

As fall approaches and the weather cools, I was immediately drawn to this wonderful rib knit from Minerva! I wanted to create wardrobe basics with it that could be layered and combined to create a variety of fall outfits.

This is a Core Range heavy cotton rib knit which makes it a perfect choice for a fall transition outfit as well as neutral layering pieces. The cotton keeps it cool and breathable as well as comfortable and cozy. It is 95% cotton and 5% lycra with gives it 55% stretch. If you don't always pre-wash and dry your fabrics, I would definitely recommend you do it with this fabric so you don't have to worry about any shrinking. It has a medium to heavy weight which makes it perfect for cardigans, sweatshirts and tunics and tops. It is Earth friendly and made by Oeko-Tex. Don't just think of ribbing as a trim, create an entire outfit with it!

I chose two patterns to create the outfit featured here. The Marlo Cardigan from True Bias and the Piper Tunic from Trish Newbery.

The Marlo Cardigan is an excellent Go-To pattern to create a variety of cardis. The pattern features a cropped and longer version with patch pockets. As I am quite tall I used the long bodice version with no length modifications , so it would hit at my high hip; a versatile length for pairing with skirts, pants or over a dress like you see here. I made a size large so that it is a bit oversized. Marlo is a relatively quick sew. It is not complicated so it is good for beginning sewers as long as you are comfortable with the the neck binding which is the most complicated part of the pattern, but not too difficult. I was very fortunate to be gifted some vintage buttons from a friend's mother's boutique that operated in the 60-70's in Montreal. They are a lovely feature item on the cardigan. Vintage buttons can add so much to a garment. I highly recommend looking for some- they are a unique sustainable way to add interest to your make.

My dress is a pattern hack based on the Tunic length Piper Sweater. The Piper Sweater pattern offers several options; a turtleneck style, gathered sleeve, long or short cuffs. I choose the tunic style with the low cowl neckline and narrow sleeve. I made a size large to keep it roomy as well as comfortable. I added 24" to the length of the tunic. adding the length just above the side slits in order to keep this feature for the hem line of the dress. I prefer a shorter side slit for winter clothing so it worked perfectly.



I had to get creative with the sleeves as I didn't have enough fabric to cut the sleeve pattern piece out of one piece. As I had to lengthen the sleeve by 6" I cut that piece out separately and rotated the direction of the ribbing for the top and bottom of the sleeve. I sewed all 3 pieces together to create the entire arm section and top stitched the seams for a decorative detail. I'm pleased with how this patchwork effect turned out. I think it adds subtle detailing with hints of lantern style sleeve which is trending at the moment.

To add interest to my outfit I added a drop waist belt, some lug sole boots and vintage jewelry. This outfit can be accessorized in many ways adding to its versatility. It will be fun to mix and match jackets, scarves and different coloured boots all season long. I will wear the tunic without a belt when I am layering it under a contrast cropped or full length jacket.

I am sure I will wear both the cardigan and the dress in a variety of ways this fall season. Great neutral basics like these are important elements to a fall/ winter wardrobe, offering comfort and styling options.


After all.... There is Sew Much To Design

I am sure I will wear both the cardigan and the dress in a variety of ways this fall season. Great neutral basics like these are important elements to a fall/ winter wardrobe, offering comfort and styling options.


After all.... There is Sew Much To Design


Happy Fall Wardrobe Sewing,

Lou Sheffer



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