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

Out and About Dress at Sewbon.com

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!)

  • Mariette Shepard

    Looks so comfortable and easy to wear, as well as stylish!

  • Emily R.

    It definitely looks comfortable. I love the look of the skirt & the fact that it has sleeves – great for a chilly office environment!

  • alana

    I love knit dresses. They’re so comfortable to wear.

  • http://www.CharmingDoodle.com/ Elisa Clark

    What a great dress! I love the sleeve length!

  • Katie

    The dress just looks so comfy!

  • Jennifer Heels

    Love the dress. it looks great!

  • Ashley Spencer

    I love that it’s so versatile that it can be dressed up or down. Perfect for basically any occasion!

  • http://starspry.com/ Terrie

    Your dress looks great! I love that it looks so comfortable and easy to wear anytime :)

  • V

    This dress looks very versatile and wearable.

  • Ruby

    I love a good knit dress pattern. Thanks for a chance to win!

  • Caroline

    Erin, these photos make me want to come visit you!!!! So gorgeous. Fabulous job, as always. Thanks so much for posting about my new pattern! xoxo

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      You should come back to Colorado soon!!! :)

      Thank you so much for having me be part of your tester group and for providing a pattern for a giveaway! :) You rock my socks.

  • Sarah Harris

    Love seeing how fabrics sold online sew up! Great dress!

  • http://thecollegeseamstress.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth P.

    I love the pockets! The dress looks so comfortable to wear.

  • Heather

    Cute dress! It looks so cozy!

  • Barbara P.

    It looks super comfy and I love the style.

  • Jess Z

    It’s simple! Easy to dress up or down..and it’s knit!

  • OhioLori

    Looks awesome! Soft & comfy & love the fabric you used too…..can be casual or dressy…according to accessories used. looove it! Great job!

  • Louise M

    The dress looks super comfy, I love wearing knits! I also love the fact that it has different lengths and the sleeves can be changed too!

  • pingdini

    Very cute dress, great for bike-riding (which is seals the deal for me). Nice boots, too :)

  • Sew Charleston

    Your dress looks great and so comfy! I LOVE your pictures in the snow!!! Sorry to hear you had a little “spill”. At least you didn’t hurt yourself and were still able to share your pics with us without and broken body parts :)

    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Ha! My shoes don’t have any tread on the bottom so it made for a hilarious photoshoot! :)

      Thanks for the kind words – I love your gorgeous yellow version too!

  • Pramudita Andaristi

    I love how it looks comfy and stylish! It also looks like it’s easy to sew!

  • eva lo

    The best from this dress is that looks so comfy!!
    You made a great job!

  • http://www.meadow-rue.com Allie Olson

    This is awesome, Erin! I’d love to win that e-pattern!

  • Julie Morin

    Love that blue fabric… Looks great :)

  • ks

    fun! love knit dresses.

  • Stacy G

    I love how comfortable, yet dressy at the same time. It is a perfect dress to throw on with tights and boots like you did & also for those warmer spring days. I can’t wait to get it & would love to win! Thanks! :-)

  • Fenna Bredenhof

    it looks so comfy and it’d make a great maternity dress with some modifications!

  • metka

    i love it. i should try this pattern form my first knit project.

  • Bec

    Love the easy style, so versatile!

  • caitlin

    Looks really comfortable, and easy to dress up or down for different looks :)

  • Torrie

    I like the easy style of the dress – looks like it would be amazing in a variety of fabrics and easily styled! Sometimes a mom needs an easy dress! 😉

  • Jess

    I love the fabric you chose and the contrasting cuff!

  • Veronica Calvage

    Love the fabric choice! Can’t wait to try this pattern.

  • jeanine

    the sleeve lengths! I love long sleeve options!

  • Mary Mahoo

    I love how comfortable it looks,,but still stylish!

  • Lydia

    It looks like something a beginner sewer can make & can wear out in public. LOL it’s great & looks polished

  • Kaylee B

    I like that you can dress it up or down.

  • Leah

    The dress looks so comfy and cute- I hope I win it! :)

  • Audrey

    LOVE this! I’ve always been a dress person and this looks so versatile! An you look adorable 😉

  • Relynn Dare Johnson

    That is a great dress on you! Lovely pattern!

  • Rhian Pugh

    Fingers crossed

  • http://www.thehomeyowl.blogspot.com/ Stacia

    I love how easy this dress looks to wear – and how comfortable it looks. I also like that I don’t feel as if I’d be fumbling to make sure I don’t reveal more than I want to, which is really nice.

  • https://www.girlcharlee.com Girl Charlee Fabrics

    Such a cute version of this dress! Thanks for the link back.


    • http://www.sewbon.com/ Erin

      Thanks! :)