Pattern Testing: CKC Deborah Women’s Knit Dress
I own more than a dozen women’s knit dress patterns. Do I really need one more? Why yes, yes I do! I may or may not hoard patterns almost as much as fabric….. Besides, when I saw the tester call go out on this pattern, I thought the dress looked so cute and I REALLY wanted to be on the testing team. I’ve been incredibly busy with other commitments, but I couldn’t pass up on applying to be a tester for CKC Patterns’ latest release, the Deborah Women’s Knit Top and Dress. In fact, I even ended up making two different dresses in the testing process, that I, of course, love!
The Deborah is a classic knit dress that can be customized with the many included options. First, you can choose between two different bodices. The babydoll option hits like an empire waist, and the skater option hits at the natural waistline. There is also a nursing panel option. Next there are 4 different sleeve lengths plus an optional ruffle that can be added. Then, there are several skirt options including shirt, cocktail, knee, midi, or maxi. In addition you can do a straight hem, curved hem, or tulip skirt. Finally, you can add pockets or a sash if desired. I haven’t done the math, but all those options add up to a ton of different combinations to create many different looks.
For my first version of the dress, the designer asked me to do the cocktail length dress. I agreed, all the while laughing at the thought of me, a mother of three toddlers who doesn’t drink alcohol, at a cocktail party. I did the curved hem and decided to add some fringe trim to add a little length since I won’t be hitting up any parties any time soon! I really, really love the fringe. I like to pair the dress with leggings and boots but it could also be worn with heels for a great date night dress.
For my second version, I went with a 3/4 sleeve, curved hem, midi length (more like knee length on me because I’m tall-ish and didn’t adjust the pattern for height). I also added the pockets. I ordered this gorgeous ivory floral fabric from So Sew English specifically for this dress because I knew it would be so pretty. And I was right! I had actually planned to give this dress to my sister for her birthday, but I don’t know if I’ll be able to part with it!
All in all, this is a great pattern and one that I’m sure I’ll make many more times. Make sure to purchase your Deborah while it’s on sale this week.