Thursday, April 23, 2020

Seamwork Bobby Knit Dress


Insert obligatory "put a bird on it" reference here...


Here's my take on the Seamwork Bobby pattern. Bobby is a V-neck dress with a fully lined bodice, elastic waistband and A-line skirt. Bobby is designed for knits. 


Note: I am a Seamwork Ambassador, which means I received a one-year subscription in exchange for sewing up 10 of their patterns and providing some feedback to Seamwork about their patterns, articles, etc. If you use this link, you can get a little discount if you decide to purchase from Seamwork. 


I've been meaning to make the Bobby dress since it was released; I've had the pattern printed out for literally a year. I think becoming a Seamwork Ambassador has pushed me to finally sew several Seamwork patterns I've had sitting in my stash!


My Bobby is a size 16 with no fit adjustments.

I'm really happy with the fit! I was concerned about gaping at the armscye, which I often have in sleeveless tops, but I had no issues there. 


I love the deep, but not too deep v-neck. To stabilize the neckline, I used strips of interfacing around the neckline and shoulders: this stuff from Wawak is my new favorite.


I also love the wide waistband, which cinches in with 2 inch elastic. It's incredibly comfy!

A little bit difficult to see the elastic detail in this print, but you can see that it's lightly gathered by the elastic and I'd say it hits at the natural waist.


The fabric I used for this project is bird-print rayon/lycra jersey given to me many years ago by Jenny of Cashmerette as a thank you for pattern testing. 

I think the fabric sat in my stash for a long time because I wasn't totally sure the birds were "me." I'm still not entirely convinced, but the worked well for this very wearable muslin!


The overall look of this pattern and fabric combination is probably a little more classic/lady-like than I normally go for, but it's a lovely dress, good for the office (if I ever make it back there), and super comfy. I think it'll be great with a cardigan or short jacket layered over it, too.


19 comments:

  1. I'm glad you posted this. I am a Seamwork member and I haven't even thought about sewing up this pattern. Now that I see it on you, I think it could be great for me. I am a teacher and for a good portion of the year it is very hot. This is a great combination of both modest and cool. Thanks for posting!

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    1. I'm a teacher also and I have two of these. They are perfect! I feel put together, appropriate, comfortable but can also wear them out afterwards and not feel too teachery!!

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    2. I bet this would be a great hot-weather teacher dress!

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  2. I love this dress. I have already made two of them. Plans to make one with the sleeve addition, too at some point. I love them for work and for lounging.

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    1. It's really comfy! A perfect multi-purpose dress.

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  3. I saw this in your IG stories and thought "Wow what a great dress!" I just hate that it's from a pdf pattern...le sigh! You look fantastic in it and should make more for the day far far far in the future when we're allowed to work outside the home again! *smile*

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    1. Thanks, Carolyn!

      Bummer they don't have printed versions anymore- Colette/Seamwork seems to have gone 100% digital these days.

      Can't wait to have some place to wear this, but at least it's comfy enough for work-from-home!

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  4. You look fantastic! This pattern fits you perfectly. I like the fabric too. Not up close, the pattern blends to black/white. I have lots of patterns at Seamwork, I think I may try it for a summer linen dress?? Thanks Meg. Stay Safe!

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    1. Thank you!!

      Do you have a linen knit? I think it requires a knit fabric...

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  5. FYI, I used your link to Seamwork - no discount. Also curious - do you ever dislike a pattern that you get free? Vast majority of us don't get your benefits, but rely on truly honest opinions.

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    1. Oh no - my understanding was using the link would get you a $3 discount off of a month's membership. I wonder if it's worth contacting Seamwork about it in case it was in error? I have reached out to my contact there to clarify how the referall link works and I also alerted them to your concern.

      I give honest opinions of patterns I use, whether I purchase them or if I received them for free. My blog posts discuss changes I make to the pattern or construction methods, pattern errors I find, instructions I didn't like or were missing, frustrations I have with a pattern, etc. For this particular pattern I didn't have any issues with it, so I didn't have any to discuss in the blog post. That's certainly not the case for all patterns, though.

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    2. I just confirmed with Seamwork- you should have gotten a $3 discount on your purchase - Seamwork said you can reach out to them via email, ask for Meg (my contact there) and mention this conversation: contact@seamwork.com

      Thanks, and sorry for the hassle.

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  6. I love this, Meg. I think the birds fabric is amazing. Maybe raise the hem a lil bit would give a different vibe?

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    1. Thanks, Abbey! It's definitely got a longer hemline. I like it for now, although you're right that it might feel less conservative with a shorter hem!

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  7. I think it looks great on you.

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  8. The dress is lovely,and fits you well, but when you cross your legs at the knee, you look like you have to pee

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  9. Beautiful dress. The bird fabric is very nice and it looks great on you.

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