Going Casual: Jasper Sweatshirt Dress


I made this dress back in September during Selfish Sewing Week. This event, hosted by Imagine Gnats and Indiesew, encourages sewists to take time to sew for themselves. I don’t have a problem sewing for myself, but an excuse to sew something new is never a bad thing in my book.

It’s been a little busy around here, so it took me a long time (2 months!) to get pictures taken of this dress after it was completed. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been worn, though. This dress is incredibly comfy, perfect for Sundays spent laying around watching football. It’s especially cozy with a pair of leggings.


The dress is the Jasper Sweater Dress by Paprika Patterns. It comes with options for either a tunic/dress length or a sweatshirt length, and options for either this neckline or a hood. My measurements fell in between sizes, but I trusted my instincts and made the smallest size. It has just about the amount of ease I expected through the shoulders and waist, but is a little tighter than I expected in the hips. It’s also a little shorter than I expected. Not a problem for lounging around the house and grocery shopping, but it’s not something that I would wear to school. That’s the risk of cutting the smallest size without making a muslin first. I don’t have much to say in terms of construction. The dress came together easily. No complaints there.

The fabric was a bit of an impulse purchase, and so this dress turned out to be more expensive than most of my makes. It is a polka-doted navy knit from Joann’s. I went in looking for a striped knit, but couldn’t resist this one when I saw it. The coziness of a sweatshirt and the cuteness of polkadots, all in one fabric.


The button is from my stash. I think it is the extra button to one of my winter coats. If I ever need it, I’ll know where to find it now! It was fun picking out a button to use from my stash. I was originally thinking that I’d use a plain dark colored button, but I think the red is a fun pop.

After wearing it a handful of times, I’m not sure about this dress.  It is super comfortable, despite the tightness of the fit on the bottom half, but it doesn’t fit how I’d like it to. It’s also much more casual than my typical wardrobe, so it is basically relegated to evenings and weekends. Brandon says it looks like something to wear lounging around only. Nevertheless, it has gotten lots of wear, and I’m sure it will get lots more. When I make this pattern again, I will probably make the sweatshirt version, hopefully in a stripped fabric this time.


Pattern: Jasper Sweater/Dress by Paprika Patterns in size 1
Fabric: 2.5 yards of polka-dotted navy knit from Joann Fabrics
Cost: $25.48 fabric + button from stash = $25.48 ($39.48 if you count the cost of the pattern)
Time: 5 hours

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