A Wintry Knit Bloom

Flower Jersey Dress

On the day after Christmas, in the land of Ruggy’s birth, it snowed.  And snowed, and snowed.  So naturally I jumped into my second version of By Hand London’s Elisalex Dress and ran outside to play.

Flower Jersey Dress

It seemed the perfect backdrop for Betsey Johnson’s technicolor print.  As usual I was in the jersey aisle at Mood, and I fell in love and snagged a yard of this beauty.  The weight is perfection, the colors are edible.  My intention was to make more leggings.  However, when I pulled out my ginghers, the bright happy flowers screamed OONA!  Are you really going to use us for ANOTHER pair of leggings?  COME ON WOMAN!  CAN YOU MAKE NOTHING ELSE?!

They are, as you can see, flowers of an outspoken variety.

Flower Jersey Dress

My last network make came out okay (despite my best efforts to shoot myself in the foot) so I decided to give BHL’s pattern another go, this time giving this beautifully drafted pattern the respect it so rightfully deserves.  I sewed up the princess seamed bodice exactly as intended, and it’s a perfect fit.  HEY LOOKIT THAT OONA.  SOMEONE KNOWS MORE THAN YOU DO.

This version got the half circle skirt treatment and short sleeves, I think it really makes it a different dress altogether.  And holy haberdashery, this sews up so quickly I want to make seventeen of them, so it’s nice to know it’s so easy to throw new curves into it.

Flower Jersey Dress

The only adjustment I needed was what I like to call the Dancer’s Posture, because I am a pretty, pretty ballerina.  Oh yes.  I assure Ruggy of this fact constantly.  Just an inch or so out of the upper center back and I was twirling around the room.

The neck edges are serged, turned under, and topstitched.  No rippling, no unsightly cling on le derriere, I love this fabric!!  And now that I think about it, I suppose I could’ve cut the back bodice out on the fold since there’s no need for a zipper…

Alrighty!  No chance to test that thought out, as I’m saying goodbye to the Jersey aisle!  I have several New Year’s resolutions, and one of them is to use a different and delectable Mood fabric for each MSN make.  I mean, there are corners of the floors I haven’t even stepped foot in yet.   In 2013, Mood shall be like a garden of fabrics full of every flower imaginable…

Flower Jersey Dress

I’ve got my shears ready.

Editor’s note: Not only do we have a fantastic selection of jersey prints in our stores, we have a pretty darn good selection online as well!

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Comments


  • Ginger
    January 7, 2013

    Ahh! I love this!! This jersey totally deserved to be a swingy dress!

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      maybe i’ll swing on into mood with it for our little tryst…

  • Lauren
    January 7, 2013

    You always find the very best prints to pair up with the very best patterns. I’m starting to think I should hide in your bag and accompany you during your fabric shopping sprees.

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      i’ll be sure to bring my jumbo bag next time, after all, we’ll need room for the fabric as well :))

  • Leila
    January 7, 2013

    What a lovely dress! It’s making me more and more curious about this pattern company.

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      i cannot recommend BHL enough– actually i can, go get this pattern! evryhting about it is delicious!

  • Caroline
    January 7, 2013

    Love the dress and the photography. At first I thought you were standing inside against a glass window because you looked too happy and warm to really be in the snow. Snow! I miss snow.

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      ha! i thought about it, but there were no windows big enough:). and when you think about missing snow, just remember how it turns that sad slushy color the next day…

  • Lori
    January 7, 2013

    Super cute dress and great photos. I am with you – I enjoy sewing with jersey.

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      thank you! isn’t the payoff just the best with jersey?

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 8, 2013

    Betsey Johnson could use a few lessons from Oonaballoona! Super cute 🙂

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      i swear, i REALLY wanted to do a cartwheel homage in the snow, but i had visions of a holiday visit to the ER, ruggy shaking his head all the way.

      • Amy
        January 25, 2013

        I just had to stop here when reading the comments. I’m dying at the thought of Oona in a floral dress doing cartwheels in the snow. Brilliant.

  • Carolyn
    January 8, 2013

    Your wonderful flowery dress is the perfect backdrop against the snow! Love this and love it on you!

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      :))) i was seriously counting on snow!

  • Amanda S.
    January 8, 2013

    You must have had some vodka in you to not be freezing in these pictures!

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      oddly enough, and shockingly as well, i did NOT. what the hell was i thinking?!

      a litlle bourbon did follow shortly.

  • Elisalex
    January 8, 2013

    Absolutely delicious! I’ve been really hankering for some multicoloured floral prints just like that recently, and it works SO great with the Elisalex dress – half circle hybrid.

  • Sue K
    January 10, 2013

    This is a truly beautiful dress, and suits you perfectly.

  • MzSweetpea
    January 10, 2013

    The dress is over-the-top./….just like it’s maker. I like this pattern…..may be my birthday party dress in May!

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      trust me, you’d be one happy birthday girl!

  • Breyan
    January 10, 2013

    That’s a great dress. I love that fabric!

    • oonaballoona
      January 10, 2013

      thanks breyan! the fabric really was a dream to work with.