Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Modern Fashion- circa 2008

This dress was my inspiration. I cut it out of a magazine in the spring or summer or 2008. I know this was from a Nordstrom ad, but I never cut out the "where you can buy it" info, since I will never be spending hundreds of dollars on a jersey dress. I particularly liked the neckline.

Since the ad was in grey, it was easy to see all the detail, like where I needed to make darts. I drafted my own pattern out of muslin, and then tried it on 100 times while sewing to get the fit right. I made it out of medium weight jersey from Jo-Ann in a mint green color.

Don't look at the filthy room, please.

Of course I had to screw some things up- obviously, since it was my first time drafting a pattern. The points could have used a stiffer interfacing, since they try to droop sometimes; also, the white zipper.
For future reference, if Jo-Ann doesn't have a zipper that matches, that does not mean buy a hideous white one. I wish I had bought a big metal one, like for a jacket. Then it would look industrial and intentional, rather than home-made.
Also, my old machine does not do zig-zag or stretch stitch, so the hem is falling out as I continue to snap threads.
Overall, I was very proud of myself, and I think it is very flattering.


  1. That is so awesome that you made your own pattern!! Great job...I love the dress. My machine doesn't do a stretch stitch either, but if you pull the material while you are doing the straight stitch, then it will have some give to the seam and it won't break. Hope this helps!

  2. hi! i just found your blog via Sew Retro. love all your projects. i wish i could sew. *tear* i love this particular pattern you found. jersey is sooo difficult to work with so bravo for making it work!

  3. I like this!!!!
    I find most strapless dresses don't flatter me because I have a long upper bust (or something!!) I think this would look ok on me.
    Looks fantastic on u :)


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