Blue and White Thakoon

Mood Fabrics | Thakoon Amparo Blue & White Viscose Jersey | Vogue1287

When confronted with large prints I feel like sewists usually fall into one of two camps. You either opt for a simple silhouette to pair it with so the whole thing doesn’t become too overwhelming, or you go for an equally statement making design and let the print and style duke it out. Winner takes all? Or perhaps the battle simply swallows whoever was foolish enough to attempt the pairing in the first place! Well, whatever, I fall into the latter category.

Mood Fabrics | Thakoon Amparo Blue & White Viscose Jersey | Vogue1287

This Thakoon Amparo Blue and White Viscose Jersey from Mood Fabrics online is the stuff of dreams.  It’s a sheer, light as a feather, tissue weight jersey, with a modest amount of stretch, and it drapes like a boss. I ordered several yards of it without really having a plan for what it would become, but once it arrived I couldn’t get over how gorgeous it looked as it folded and shimmied over itself.  The large blue floral print became abstracted and even more beautiful than when left un-manipulated.

Mood Fabrics | Thakoon Amparo Blue & White Viscose Jersey | Vogue1287

So I decided to pair it with Vogue 1287, a DKNY pattern that I’ve had in my pattern stash for awhile. This pattern’s got pleats out the wazooey, saggy pockets, kimono sleeves, a mock wrap top… it’s got errrythang! I knew that the Thakoon jersey would be much too drapey and … I don’t know… ephemeral to stand up to all those pleats, but I also imagined this fabric falling in soft folds instead of sharp pleats and, in my minds eye, this pairing seemed inspired. At the time. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the end result, but there are a few reasons for this.

Mood Fabrics | Thakoon Amparo Blue & White Viscose Jersey | Vogue1287

This was one of those patterns that suggests jersey as a possible fabric, but only includes instructions for wovens. Total pet peeve of mine. Why do you do this, Big 4 Patterns?? Why?! I ended up following the instructions as they were written, my reasoning being that this viscose jersey wasn’t extremely stretchy, and that the style itself didn’t have any areas of negative ease, so I really didn’t need the fabric to stretch.  It turned out mostly all right, however there are a few areas where the stitching pulls the fabric too tight and I got some puckering – like around the pockets.

Mood Fabrics | Thakoon Amparo Blue & White Viscose Jersey | Vogue1287

Speaking of the pockets – I love how deep and slouchy these are! They create some volume around the hips which helps balance the blousy-ness of the bodice.

Mood Fabrics | Thakoon Amparo Blue & White Viscose Jersey | Vogue1287

The back is definitely the most boring view of the whole dress.  The back waistband is gathered with elastic (yawn) and the pockets wrap around the hips (the potential is there but it leaves me feeling a bit ‘meh’).  All in all, I feel like this dress has got it’s engines running hot, but leaves it’s caboose a little cold - if you know what I’m sayin’! Thankfully, I can only see myself from the front! Score!

I think this will be a great dress to wear to one of the gallery openings at work. Just as long as I don’t overpower the art! Anyone else out there a fan of pairing large scale prints with complicated designs? Anyone??

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  • G
    August 28, 2014

    Thi s the best rendition of that pattern I’ve seen so far. Well done!

  • Debbie Iles
    August 28, 2014

    BEYOND LOVELY!!! Seriously the most beautiful version of this dress ever. I have a swatch of that fabric in my hot little hands, but it never made it into the cart. I also very very very nearly bought that pattern. I toyed over it for ages. The lines are so lovely, but there are just so many bad reviews of it online that I ended up passing on it. I think it was made for jersey and made for you! Just perfect.

  • Ginger
    August 28, 2014

    SALLIE! I love this! That print is so, so beautiful. It’s funny, I wouldn’t have thought of this as a statement pattern, but I guess it is compared to something like a shift dress. I really like this, and I don’t think the back looks boring at all. It might be in a solid gray or something, but the print is so vibrant and fun that the whole shebang looks really interesting and cool.

  • Amanda S.
    August 28, 2014

    Um, this is one AWESOME dress!!! I love it so much I may just have to blindly copy you. The color on that fabric is so much more vivid IRL and I think you matched the pattern to it perfectly. Speaking of the pattern, I have never before been tempted to make it because that tulip shape does nothing for my body shape. However, with the stretch of the fabric, it is not as pronounced as the example on the envelope. I hope you decide you love it as it is beautiful and striking from where I’m sitting. Did you make the matching slip too?

    • sallie
      August 28, 2014

      Thanks Amanda! Yes, the color is absolutely gorgeous IRL! I did make the slip as well. I decided not to mention it because it was pretty straight forward and boring, but I might go into more details on my blog. If this fabric wasn’t sheer I might have skipped the slip.

  • Lauren
    August 28, 2014

    This is such a perfect combination of pattern+fabric! Your dress turned out lovely and you look GORGEOUS, Sallie! Awesome job, as always :D

  • Liz
    August 28, 2014

    Great combination! I would actually put this is the first category of a simple silhouette which works really well with this print

    • sallie
      August 28, 2014

      Thanks Liz! Well that’s good! I’m glad all the pleating and draping didn’t overwhelm things!

  • Charlotte Wensley
    August 28, 2014

    This is completely spectacular. Perfect marriage of (awesome) fabric and pattern and it looks stunning on you. I adore everything you make but this is a favourite.

    • Sallie
      August 28, 2014

      Oh thanks Charlotte!!

  • Lori
    August 28, 2014

    This is so spectacular, Sallie, I love everything about this dress. You look amazing and will be dressed perfectly for the gallery opening. I purchased this pattern today before I saw your review, oh, I am so happy I did.

  • Mary Danielson
    August 29, 2014

    Wow! This is beyond gorgeous, Sallie! I’m seriously all agog, dude. The way this fabric drapes in the front of this dress is breathtaking. Looooove it.

  • Gwen Gyldenege
    August 29, 2014

    That dress is magnificent! The print is so perfect for the tropical location you’re in. I really love your choice in backdrop too. I think the pink flowers higher up are Bouganvillea. They really make your dress pop. Are you wearing a slip or have lined the dress? I love those pockets too. So deep, roomy, and the drape doesn’t make your body appear wider, something I’m very conscious of. Beautiful dress.

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    August 30, 2014

    Really love the combination of pattern and fabric. I think that you have hit a home run with this combo. I’d always overlooked this pattern but think it looks divine with the larger print and soft jersey – an inspired make! (PS I also work somewhere with lots of gallery openings!)

  • Fiona
    August 30, 2014

    O SO gorgeous Sallie! I’d been really eyeing up that print but have to admit was a little intimidated by the large scale and couldn’t think what I might make with it. You’ve absolutely nailed it with this one and it’s got me wanting to try some draping!

  • Kate
    August 30, 2014

    This is so lovely. I’ve had my eye on this pattern but the Vogue fabric choice on the envelope makes it almost headache inducing. You’ve really shown how beautiful it can be. I think I’ll have to pick up a copy

  • Grace
    September 2, 2014

    Looks GREAT to me! I hear ya one the back mehs, but that fabric is such a star that it hardly matters.

  • Peter
    September 2, 2014

    Beautiful. The drape as well as the print of the fabric itself has a marvelous vintage 40′s feel. Great job!

  • Eileen
    September 9, 2014

    A work of art in itself….perfect dress for a gallery opening!

  • Ladibugg
    September 10, 2014

    Sallie Fantabulous! Fabric, Pattern excellent! It’s unanimous!
    U Rock with this one!!!
    Fabric come in Red? Think this would Also look good n red! What say yee?

  • Alyce Ferguson
    September 13, 2014

    Great, just great

  • Goodbye Valentino
    September 14, 2014

    Amazing, Sallie! I’m loving everything about your dress – you showcased this fabric beautifully :)