Tuesday, September 14

Little Green Dress

This was my first crack at wearing all green. I have been trying to get some green in my wardrobe all summer. I was able to get my hands on a great thrifted green silk blouse, but the quest for green fabrics (locally and online) has been null. I did find a nylon/lycra piece online and I'm glad I didn't buy much of it because it sucks. I thought it would be more lightweight like rayon jersey, but it has small ribs and a polyester feel and sheen to it.

Buying solid colored knits online hasn't been great for me. While it's easy to find the printed ITY-Types -  because they are all about the same - the solids can be hit or miss. The names/weights/percentage of stretch and the descriptions confuse me terribly! I need a good knit learning resource.

I just want to find something like the I see in RTW, which is usually Cotton or Modal/Rayon 90-95%, Lycra 10-5%

Anyhow, here is the dress...

Pattern Description: Dress, mid-knee length, has close-fitting mock wrap bodice, flared skirt, contrast binding, side zipper, sleeve variations and tie belt.

Pattern Sizing:8-24, made a 14

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? same style, just with out the binding

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didnt use them since I wasnt making the binding. The instructions did include making a continuous binding which is pretty awesome I think

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it wasnt a true wrap. I love wrap dresses, but they always feel awkward with the opening on front skirt. This was very comfortable to wear. I also like the option of NOT doing binding. I like that look but I didnt have enough fabric. I dont like that the bodice is kind of low cut. i might add a little snap or hook to close it up some

Fabric Used: green Nylon/lycra knit. Hated it - this stuff wrinkles!!!

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I didnt make the binding or belt since my fabric supply was low. I lined the front and back bodice (minus the sleeves)

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?If I come across the right fabric I'd make it again with the binding.

Conclusion: Cute dress, classic style that you can spruce up or down.

Next up: Another wrap dress!


marysews said...

I like your dress, and you did up your hair, which is pretty, too!

Victoria said...

You look great in this dress---it's the perfect shade of green on you. I love to sew with knits as well and it's weird when you get the "mystery" knit that's hard to identify. What's even more odd is when a knit wrinkles--for some reason you would think that wouldn't be a possibility. Most people buy knit because they don't wrinkle. LOL! Anwho, really cute dress---can't wait to see the next one (wink)!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You do look good in this color! Sorry you're having such a hard time finding the green knit that you wanted.

sewistafashionista said...

Your dress fits you so nicely. It is such a bummer when you have a great sewing idea and can't find fabric. I keep looking for tasteful blouseweight poly and in my area all I find are garish, supersized prints.

I don't often shop online because, honestly, I buy too much fabric offline! But others do. They might have good suggestions on where to find good quality knits from an online source.

Anonymous said...

It turned out cute. Your babies are growing fast. Did the mini-me cut her locs?