I was one of the lucky ladies to try out the Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline for the blog tour of her new pattern.  It has been so fun to watch Caroline’s blog progress over the last few months as she has released her first pattern and fabric line.  I couldn’t be more excited for her success.

When I saw the Out and About Dress pattern I immediately remembered that I had this similar dress pinned on my inspiration board from Curator so I decided to go ahead and try to make my own version.

I did make a few changes to make the dress more like my inspiration.  I lowered the back neckline by about 4 inches into a dip.  I just thought it was a little bit more youthful feeling.  I also chose an in-between length for the skirt – more midcalf – instead of maxi or knee length.  I omitted the band at the bottom of the sleeve and added about 10 inches to both the front and back skirt panels for more gathering and width.

The fabric is my favorite bamboo knit from Mood fabrics in NYC.  I have used this fabric for so many projects.  It has a gorgeous drape and weight to it and washes up really well without pilling.  I’m a big fan.

I love my Out and About Dress.  It’s so versatile and easy to wear.  Every version that I have seen has been so different and specific to the sewers taste.  After seeing Adventures in Dressmaking’s gray version I want to sew one just like it for everyday wear.  If you want to see all of the other Out and About Dresses on the blog tour then check out these links:

Adventures in Dressmaking
Four Square Walls
Alida Makes
Paisley Roots
Lexie Made
Sewing Like Mad
A Golden Afternoon
House of Pinero


  1. I also have this dress on a pinterest board. I’ve been debating between modifying the Skater Dress pattern and this one. You’re is just perfect.

  2. Lovely! Simple dresses like this are so great to just have around. Thanks for the knit recommendation! I’ve been looking around at knits to make some basic tees and it’s a bit overwhelming…

  3. LOVE!! Great fabric and modifications! I had this exact dress that I purchased years ago from Target, but I had a roommate who would sneak into my room and “borrow” my clothes. It was one of my favorite staples, but it was also one of the few items that never made it’s way back into my closet. :( Thanks for reminding me that I can tweak this and make it myself…in multiple colors! :) Thanks for sharing!

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