Monday, January 20, 2014

Little Grey Dress

This is a project that's been in my to do pile for a while. I couldn't get excited about it because I was worried about being able to pull it off. It's more form fitting than I usually go for. In retrospect, my insecurities were very silly.
I made a mistake while sewing this but it turned out to be a happy mistake. I cut out view B which has the sleeves. However, the instructions for view A appear first. I was zoning out and totally followed the instructions for view A, making this into a sleeveless dress. I'm actually glad I did though. I think the sleeveless version has a more classy, sheath shape that I like.
I used a wool jersey for the shell and lined it with a tricot knit. I read many reviews before beginning and took note that many people omitted the lining and the zipper. I inserted both for a few reasons:
  • Although the wool content in the jersey is low, my sensitive skin still gets the itchies from it.
  • The jersey is on the thinner side so lining it gave the dress a more substantial weight.
  • In my opinion, lining a garment looks better than facing the edges, or hemming them.
  • Yes, it's a knit dress but if I didn't insert the zipper, I'm sure I would have popped the waistline stitches by trying to get it over my head and shoulders- especially since I ended up taking the sides in a bit.
I cut my typical one size smaller than the pattern recommends. The Big 4 always has too much ease in my opinion. As I sewed, I did some test fittings and ended up sewing a 7/8" seam allowance along the sides to eat up some more ease. I'm glad I did. It took the dress from being on the frumpy side, to body-con in no time.
The dress went together fast and easily! It's a great option if you need a new dress in a flash. The pleating along the waistline is great for camouflaging a bit of a tummy if you need.
My hubby's comment: "you look stunning"!  



  1. This dress shows your curves in a nice way. I agree that the sleeveless view looks classier. A lining smoothie everything and smoothed everything. It also is supposed to give the garment a longer life.
    This dress looks great on you.

  2. Oooo! This looks so good on you! They grey is totally chic. Beautiful work!

  3. Your husband is correct, you do look stunning in that dress. No need to be insecure about body skimming styles at all.

  4. Lovely! I've never noticed that pattern before and will need to check it out now!

  5. Ditto on the pattern - I will definitely check this out! I like that the pleating at the waistline adds a nice detail to a simple, class silhouette. Nice work!

  6. You've done a great job on this dress. It looks gorgeous and your fabric choice is perfect. Tres chic!