Have you heard?! The amazing Caroline of Sew Caroline has released her first women’s sewing pattern! The Out and About Dress!

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Dress: Handmade, Out and About Dress Pattern size small // Belt: Forever 21 circa 2010 (Similar) // Tights: Hue Sweater Tights // Boots: Steve Madden circa 2011 (Similar)

Out and About Dress at Sewbon.com

Caroline asked me to be a pattern tester for this new dress and, honestly, it’s my new favorite piece of handmade clothing. When I showed it off to my neighbors, they said it looked like a dress bought from Madewell! Booyah!

Out and About Dress at Sewbon.com

Out and About Dress at Sewbon.com

Out and About Dress at Sewbon.com

This dress has two hem options (knee length and maxi) and two sleeve option (half and long). I made the knee length version with a half sleeve in a size small with some super soft two sided fabric from Girl Charlee. The navy fabric I used is sold out now, but here’s a link to the fabric in red, which is also in my stash. I used the reverse side of the fabric to make the solid navy cuff.

I’ve found that knits are my favorite material to use for handmade clothing… probably because most of my store bought wardrobe is knit too, which means I’ll actually wear it. Nervous about sewing with knits? Don’t be. Caroline has provided tips for working with knits in the instructions and you don’t even need a serger to make this dress! Although, I did serge all my seams… but only because I have a serger and wanted to use it.

Out and About Dress at Sewbon.com Out and About Dress at Sewbon.com

Want to make this dress too? Caroline has generously offered one Sewbon reader a copy of her Out and About PDF pattern. To enter, just use the Rafflecopter widget below! Can’t wait until the giveaway is over to see if you won? You can purchase this awesome dress pattern here.

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Photo Credit: Sewbon (Thanks Andy for snapping these shots of me and carrying me across the snow after I face-planted on the ice!)