Wednesday, September 02, 2020

The NEW Itch to Stitch Antrim Dress - a Fit and Flare Knit Dress in Florals and Stripes

I like the easy comfort of a knit dress and this one has the added bonus of a flattering cross over bodice (no gaping!) and waist detail (that gives the illusion that I still have a waist!)

This is a new release from Itch to Stitch and I must say this will likely become another favorite! The waist detail is slight ruched, the flared skirt is a flattering, and there are pockets!

 The Antrim Dress was released on Sept. 1, 2020 and will be 20% off for one week (through Sept. 7, 2020. )

Itch to Stitch Antrim Dress worn by Sharon Sews in a DBL striped knit

This striped version was the first one I sewed. It's a double brushed poly knit that I found at Walmart of all places. It was one of those pre-cut bundles they offer for sale. I purchased it to use when testing the fit of a knit garment. 

After sewing the dress I realized I rather liked the final dress and added it to my closet. 

This dress pattern, a PDF by the way, is available in sizes 00 to 40, with multi cup sizes.  Well you know how I love a well-drafted pattern than allows me to eliminate doing my own FBA!   And I think it's fantastic that the designer has expanded the size range as this dress appears to be flattering on everyone.  Have a look at all of the tester photos in this blog post!

Itch to Stitch Antrim Dress in striped floral DBL knit worn by sharon sews in front of garage

I've always been a bit hesitant about wearing cross over bodices due to the potential for - ahem - over exposure. If you know what I mean :-)   The beauty of the multi-cup sizes on this knit dress pattern means I can be comfortable leaning over knowing I won't be sharing more than I wish with the world. 

I also like the length of the sleeves as they are great for transitioning into cooler weather.

Itch to Stitch Antrim Dress in striped DBL knit back view worn by sharon sews

The waistline detail is created with two waistband pieces. The outer waistband is gathered at the side seams and basted to an inner flat band before being sewn to the bodice and skirt.  You'll want to make sure you choose a knit that isn't too heavy as there is a bit of bulk at the seams due to all of the layers.

Use a light to medium weight knit fabric with 50% to 60% stretch and very good recovery.  The DBL knit fabric worked well for this dress. It was also easy to sew. I don't typically like double brushed knits as they are warm to wear, but I figured it would be great for a season transition dress.

After sewing this one I decided to try the dress out of an ITY to see if it fit differently.  I had this floral ITY in my stash, a previous purchase from Fabric Mart Fabrics. 

Itch to Stitch Antrim Dress in Floral ITY Knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics worn by Sharon Sews with Skirt blowing in wind

I love the look of this floral moving into the fall season.  This particular ITY was rather slippery and difficult to sew. I've only purchased a "slippery" ITY knit one other time. Usually it's a breeze to sew - and wear. 

The neckline was more difficult to finish with this knit. Again I'm sure it was due to the nature of the fabric. You do have an option of using a knit lining for the neckline facing band, which, in retrospect, I should have used. 

If I pair this with boots and a cardi, I'll be able to wear this through the winter season also. 

Itch to Stitch Antrim Dress in Floral ITY Knit from Fabric Mart Fabrics worn by Sharon Sews

Did I mention the pockets?  I like that they are deep - you can fit your entire hand (or phone) inside - and they are attached to the front waistband so they don't flop around inside. 

Back view Itch to Stitch Antrim Dress in FLoral ITY KNit worn by sharons sews

This dress is another favorite to add to my growing list of favorite Itch to Stitch designs!

I like the designs so much that I am now an affiliate. That means if you purchase an Itch to Stitch pattern using my affiliate link I receive a small commission - at no extra cost to you.

Here is the link to the Antrim Dress pattern.

By the way, I did receive a copy of this PDF pattern at no charge because I was a pattern tester. The designer only asks for feedback on the fit and construction as well as a photo that can be used on the Itch to Stitch website.  Writing this blog post is not a requirement. I do so because I love the dress and want to share it with y'all!

Wishing you a blessed day!

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  1. How funny that your last two posts are both ITS dresses! I've just purchased both of them using 1 link so I hope you get credit for both. I have a pretty floral in mind for my first one already!

    1. I know! I really do love those ITS Patterns :-) And thank you for using my link and the support!
      We were gone visiting family in August so I didn't get a lot of posts written. But I'm playing catch up now. Hope you're doing well - and that you love both of the ITS dresses as much as I do.

  2. Love both dresses! I wish I could find a nice knit fabric at my Walmart. I have found a few fabric remnants both were wovens. I have not sewn many dresses since retiring, but I think I need a few new ones. This would be one I would consider.



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