The weight is comfortable, the fabric is great...it wicks, it washes, it hangs dry without a wrinkle...I can wear them alone or under sweaters and jackets, the sleeves are extra long. They are pretty much the perfect top for me.
Since they are already a 'Tried and true' option, I figured I couldn't go wrong using them as inspiration for a dress version.
The fabric I wanted to use was not wool jersey, but the weight was similar and the knit was a bit more stable which I thought would be nice for a longer, dress style. I used my 'favorite T' pattern and added several inches to the hem, made a stand up collar band and added the zipper to the center front.
I also used it to stabilize and face the edge of the pocket openings. I sewed the twill tape to the edges and turned it to the inside and stitched it down, then just applied the pockets like patch pockets, lining up the edges with the side seams of the dress. It makes them look like 'in-seam' pockets.
The twill tape makes another appearance as the facings for a walking split at the center back hem.
I am totally psyched about my new 1/4 zip dress! It is all the things I love about the Smartwool tops...in a dress. I think I may have a new wardrobe staple!