Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

The Out and About Dress - my first try and the perfect simple knit!

A new dress to share today, and a truly impressive PDF pattern from a fellow blogger and friend, Caroline of Sew Caroline! She has adorable DIY creations up on her blog and is so sweet - has been a reader of this blog for a while, too! We go way back. ;) So so cool that she has a pattern line going, and I love the basic Out and About Dress--so wearable and fun, a really great starter project or simple quickie for someone like me to put together in a couple hours. No darts, no zipper, knit so easy neck binding and hemming... a joy to sew!!

I got to tryout the Out and About Dress pattern as part of the tour this week! I made it with this charcoal grey sweater knit, with my walking foot and a ball point needle. This was the first dress of this construction method I've ever made--since there's no closure at the center back or anything, you gather the front and back skirt pieces separately and attach them to the front and back bodice pieces first. Then sew the shoulder seam; then add the sleeve pieces (before you sew them together as sleeves) - definitely different than a tailored dress construction, but easier, and still turns out a great fit!

Here it is!

(Another grey knit! Can you tell I'm into them recently? Really getting more experience working with knits and loving the comfy basics like grey heather.)

So perfect that recently I got a Sewing Circle question from a reader about how to make this Madewell dress (the Sweatshirt Dress, now sold out). The Out and About pattern would be perfect for that, with some modifications! Shorter sleeves, higher neck in the front, pleated skirt rather than gathered. Hope someone tries that out!!

I did deviate from the pattern in that I didn't use the pattern pieces for the skirt at all; I did my usual rectangles-the-width-of-the-fabric-and-the-approximate-length method, which usually works great, but in this case my fabric was WAY too wide for this little knit waist, and I ended up with very dense gathers and a very full skirt. And, the knit was uneven so I had to cut quite a few inches off all the way around once it was attached to the waist, and as you can see, it's a little on the short (and full) side. OOPS. Guess I should have followed the pattern more closely... ;) Next time!

The full skirt is good for twirling, though ;)

At the end of the instructions, Caroline says,
"YOU’RE FINISHED! CONGRATULATIONS! Wasn’t that fun? Now, who wants to make another?!"

and it's so true! It was fun! I'm definitely ready to make another!! There are endless variations, so many opportunities! Such a fun basic pattern!

I'm sure there are more variations happening as we speak. The Out and About Dress pattern tour is happening this week!

Adventures in Dressmaking
Four Square Walls

Alida Makes
Paisley Roots

Lexi Made
True Bias

Sewing Like Mad
A Golden Afternoon

Llady Bird
House of Pinheiro

Thanks for the chance to review, Caroline!


  1. Cute dress! I so want to make something with knit soon. So comfy!

  2. i would wear that dress every day. seriously. i love a simple grey dress. i may need to copy you and make myself up another version.

  3. I've been hunting for this pattern since I've found your blog and I got super lucky at finding it on ETSY! Better yet? It was NEW and on SALE!! I ordered it a week ago and got it today!! I'm new to sewing so if there is any advice on how I can preserve this pattern or even a way to scan it or something so I could help those who don't have the pattern, please let me know! I love getting inspired by your blog, AID ! :)

  4. Love sew carolines's out and about dress! I was lucky enough to get to pattern test this dress for her! Love your version!

  5. I am actually surprised that this is your first knit!! Knit/jersey material is so much more softer on a woman's body and drapes perfectly. I love this dress and this pattern.

  6. I love that you tried out my sewing circle question, it looks amazing! I still haven't gotten around to making it because school is really busy right now. I'm actually about to start a school sewing project to make an Italian Renaissance gown!

  7. How do you know how much to take off each side? Since the bands are stretchy, I'm having a hard time measuring mine.

  8. I always had been in love with backless dresses. I also have
    a backless one, but when I went to the market for getting something nice, my
    shopping wasn’t complete without
    breast stickers—a product that shapes
    women’s breasts and is like a breast sticker. Have you ever tried that before?




accessories alterations anniversary apartment appliqué baby baby #2 bathroom beauty bedroom blog swap blogging blogging tips books bridesmaid dress budget chairs cooking costumes crafty DIY curtains decor art demo denim dining room DIY gift DIY Wardrobe Makeovers dress dye e-design eco-friendly etsy exterior fabric family farm fireplace fitness food fur furniture garage gardening gifts giveaway glitter hair Halloween handsewing happiness headboard health hobbies holiday holiday party dresses home dec home improvement home tour How to Wear DIY interfacing jeans kids' clothes kitchen knits lace lamp Lavender's Green Historic Clothing leather lighting living room maxi McCall's M6558 McCalls M5849 mending mod podge mood board motherhood my book my home nursery office One Room Challenge ORC Fall 2018 ORC Fall 2019 ORC Spring 2019 ORC Spring 2020 oregon organization paint Paleo parenting parties passions patterns peplum photography podcast Portland pregnancy quilt recipe recognition recycled retro ribbon romper rugs scarf scraps sewing sewing circle sewing inspiration sewing room Sewing with Friends shopping Silhouette Simplicity 1355 Simplicity 1873 Simplicity 1913 Simplicity 2444 Simplicity 2584 skirt slipcover sponsor spray paint stamp Stanley 90's reno Stanley 90's reno weekly update Stanley Tudor Revived staple gun stencil strapless stress sweater table tee the pillow tutorials thrifting tile top townhouse progress toys travel Tudor kitchen reno tutorial upholstery vacation vintage wallpaper wedding wedding dress weekend weekend inspiration what to wear
© Create / Enjoy • Theme by Maira G.