I've been dying to try a knit Library Dress ever since I saw this tutorial. I love the knit version so much that I didn't even buy the size range my girls really fit into - I bought the smaller on intending all along to make it in knit. This week I finally pulled it out. I didn't reference the tutorial because I figured I knew what I was doing. Famous last words - I didn't think things through, so I made a few mistakes along the way.
I used the pattern pieces for the front and back bodice and for the sleeves. Only I neglected to cut two mirror images of the front bodice the first time round. I didn't have enough fabric left to cut a new piece on grain so I had to bias cut it. I slid that piece under the other one so it isn't super noticeable, and it's knit, so it's forgiving.
I cut a size 2, lengthened to a 3 (this was three sizes down from Z's normal size 5). I sliced the back bodice piece vertically at the notch and then cut one piece on the fold. I shortened the back bodice to match the front bodice, since I wanted my waistband to wrap all the way around the shirt. I cut the band 2.5" wide. The neckband I cut 1.25" wide.
Then I made my second mistake - for some reason I only attached neckbands to the front bodice pieces. When I went to attach them to the back bodice I realized I needed neck binding there, too. Oops. So the binding is attached to all three bodice pieces separately. Next time I will remember that I need to cut one long piece and do it all together. For now Z's hair hides the seams :)
I used my coverstitch to topstitch the waistband to the upper bodice and the skirt on the back. I had a hard time keeping a straight line because it was tough to squeeze the fabric through between the needles and the side of the machine. Another reason I am beginning to wish I had bought a Janome, which has a lot more room there. Anyway, now that I'm looking at the photos I do wish I'd coverstitched the band on the front too. I may still go back and do that, but it will be a pain in the neck
But I digress. I cut the skirt pieces twice the width of the bodice. It is cute as is, but next time I think I will cut them a bit narrower for less poof.