- This makes a knockout little black dress with or without sleeves.
- I am also seeing it as a tunic or t-shirt by simply shortening it withIn the pattern.
- If you want to make a 'collage' version using different fabrics, it is a good idea to assemble a grouping and test to be sure the weights work together. You'll need approx. 1 1/2 yards each.
The black and white version is a mix of 4 different knits:
- The 2 stripes are bamboo/lycra jersey
- The print is a poly/lycra ITY jersey
- The black is a cotton/lycra jersey that is slightly heavier than the others
Marcy's version uses 5 different knits
- The stripes are bamboo/lycra jersey
- The print is a French digital print viscose lycra jersey
- The front black panel is our Prime Time Black Knit (a great basic)
- The sleeves are a light weight burn out.
- Hems are all left raw.
- The neck binding is sewn before the center front seam is stitched
- The neck binding is the selvedge edge which curls. The short ends on the neck edge are turned under and stitched in place
- The top and bottom edges are offset.
- Stitch center front seam WRONG SIDES TOGETHER, matching edges at markings.
- Press flat as sewn, press seam open, then press both seams toward front left.
- Trim the underneath seam allowance to about ¼”
- Topstitch; working from the right side and using a double needle, topstitch through the seam allowance, stitching close to/next to the seam.
- The very top neck edge will develop a slight curve, this is not a problem, it is part of the design!
- Both the neck edge and center front seam use a double needle finish which holds things in place. DO make test samples with your fabric to determine which double needle size and width to use.
- I keep a variety of double needles in my stash and replace them regularly as the points can get dull.
Q & A about this dress
- The dress is designed for knits only. If you want to make in a woven it will mean some serious testing.
- I’d first make a ‘muslin’ in a stable knit like a ponte first and adjust from there.
- I have not tried the dress in a woven, but have considered the bias idea and wondered about a stretch woven.
- Only testing and trial and error will tell….
- If you want to use different fabrics, you’ll need 1 ½ yards of each for the length of the dress.
- If you are using 4 different fabrics, you'll need 4 cuts of 1 1/2 yards each. I save my scraps for other projects.
- I recommend using 2” seam allowances at the side seams to allow for the weight of the knit stretching a bit. Jersey, especially those with 4 way stretch can ‘grow’ and get longer and thinner, so having some fitting ‘insurance’ is a good idea, and you can adjust the side seams at the final fitting.
- I use the 2" seam allowance on the sleeves as well, and adjust the fit on the sleeve and at the wrist too. Some knits have more stretch and I want the fit at the bicep and wrist to be comfortable.
- I use a lot of black and white stripes and dots as ‘blenders’ when combining prints.
- I collect stripes, the one fabric I never regret having on hand.
- I buy 2 yards which gives enough length for most projects and allow for shrinkage.
- Consider using a solid color for one panel as we did on the pattern envelope.
- You could also use a sheer mesh knit or lace for the sleeves.
- The dress is shown for summer on the pattern envelope, but it would work well in a ponte, double knit, even a lighter weight scuba.
- No, it came from from my stash