This dress was an instant hit with my daughters...no surprise! The reaction from one was, " Mama, that dress is fierce!" Wow. I'm not sure how well I do "fierce". While I do love this dress, I think my girls will get a lot more wear out of it than I will. I'm very okay with that.
I recently received a Janome CoverPro 1000 from husband (that you can read about here), so I was excited to start experimenting with knits. This is a very stable knit, which was a good place to start to ease my way in. I loved the geometric print and looked forward to the challenge of matching it up in the back! I didn't even give a thought to the side seams though....oh well.
During the process of cutting it out, I thought that the sleeves would be great in a faux leather...a little edgier than my usual taste but I went for it anyway!
Pattern: Newlook 6144
Fabric used: Geometric Print Jersey Knit
Instructions:The instructions were straight forward... a basic easy dress.
Changes I made: Taking into account that I was using a knit for a woven pattern, I cut this dress a size smaller than my usual size. I also omitted all darts. I loved the print so much that I didn't want to distort it with the darts. I also graded the waist down another size at the waist.
The sleeve openings were a bit too big as well. I took them in at the shoulder seam so they didn't poke out so much. I am much happier with them now.
Repeat worthy? Definitely! It may seem like a lot of changes to the pattern but now that I have them made, next time will go much quicker. I love the detailing at the neckline and the faux leather sleeves.
Must fix that hair!
Rawr!!! The faux leather sleeves was a great choice!ReplyDelete
LOL!! Thanks Shanni!Delete
Love this dress. Fantastic work!ReplyDelete
Love the dress, my fiance just caught sight of it over my shoulder and said how cool it was (high praise indeed!). Your daughters are very lucky, but make sure you get chance to wear it sometimes, it looks great on youReplyDelete
I think I will be wearing it more now...with so much encouragement why wouldn't I !?Delete
Oh, so Fierce! Perfect length, perfect fit, perfect shoes, perfect leather accent on the sleeves.ReplyDelete
Love this, it is fierce! You should enter it for the project sewn graphic print challenge http://www.projectsewn.com/2013/10/week-3-graphic-print-challenge.html?showComment=1381839789408&m=1ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for the suggestion! I just finished entering! Wahoo!Delete
Love it! The matching is perfect, and the geometric print, wow! I wish they had that kind of print arround here: all I can see are flowers and more flowers..in knits, and biiig! This dress is absolutely fantastic!ReplyDelete
Ooh, that is so cool! The cut is super-flattering and I love the edginess of the sleeves.ReplyDelete
Thank you Beth!Delete
LOVE IT! So HAWT and you should make sure you're daughters don't make off with it.ReplyDelete
Well....it's growing on me...thanks Heather!Delete
Love this dress! I'm drooling for that fabric... it looks great!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I snapped this fabric up pretty quickly when I saw it!Delete
Super flattering and all round amazing dress! Love it.ReplyDelete
It's super comfy! Gotta love a knit.Delete
Wow!! I love your dress! That pattern matching up the back zip is *definitely* fierce! you've done an amazing job. And I really love the edgy leather sleeves :)ReplyDelete
Awww...thanks Carolyn. It means a lot.Delete
It is a nice dress - you've done a nice interpretation with the leather look sleeves - I guess that's what makes the dress look 'fierce'. There may be days when it's the right mood to wear :)ReplyDelete
Thank you Sarah. I know I will find the right day and occasion to wear this.Delete
SSOOO Great! Not your usual style but I love it. Great to hear you've entered the project sewn contest!!!! I'm voting for you xReplyDelete
It's good to step out of my comfort zone from time to time I guess. Thanks Kristy!Delete
Not your usual style - maybe your NEW style?? It looks amazing on you, and I am in awe of your perfect pattern placement of the pattern and trendy leather sleeves!ReplyDelete
Not my usual but it's growing on me! thanksDelete
Oh Margo you have done it again! Stunning pattern and you look amazing! You can wear any style with ease and finesse!ReplyDelete
Thanks you Nessa! It is fun to change things up a bit and try new styles and fabrics, yet still be me.Delete
Wow. Thank YOU!Delete
Wow!! I love the geometric print and how you lined it up so nicely. And the neckline is really cool, love those pleats. And, the faux leather sleeves look terrific! So happy they are 'faux' as well. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks! Glad you like it.Delete
Really like the simplicity yet the sophistication of this dress. A great job with the pattern of this knit. I can tell you will put your new machine to good use. I always enjoy seeing your new creations.ReplyDelete
This dress is amazing! Love the matching on the zipper - great job! It really suits you! firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
Thanks you! It's not my usual style but it's fun to change things up a bit!Delete
Rockstar dress! I love this!ReplyDelete
ROCKSTAR?!! Wow. I'm flattered! Thanks.Delete
Just one word: WOWReplyDelete
No -ish about it, it's fierce! Your print placement is just right.ReplyDelete
Everything about this dress is incredible.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness! I totally love this dress! It's fantastic!ReplyDelete
Thank you sooo much!Delete
You definitely deserved the win for the graphic sew along! I would buy this in a heartbeat!ReplyDelete
Well done, and congrats!
CONGRATULATIONS on your win for the Graphic Print sew along - I am so glad you entered this dress, it is stunning!ReplyDelete
What a fantastic dress!ReplyDelete
I've just made this dress in a woven - a cotton sateen - and I was not happy with how it turned out at all. I love your version, you'd inspired me to try the pattern again in a knit, you've achieved a much better fitReplyDelete
Wow! I really love this dress! Just found your blog through Nessa's recommendation and I have to say I LOVE your style - this dress is killer - I am just attempting a graphic print knit vest with raglan sleeves that I am doing with leather! Can't wait to see more garments from you! Truly inspiring :) :) :)ReplyDelete
Just found your dress on the project sewn website. It is definitely fierce, love the pattern and the faux leather sleeves and the fit on you. I've been looking for a raglan sleeve dress and I think you may have inspired me to give this one ago.ReplyDelete
Looks awesome and so impressed with the back seam pattern matching. Super stylish.ReplyDelete