Bold Stripes Jersey Dress

My plan was for a simple knit dress that would be comfortable and cool for an outdoor wedding and I found just the right fabric for a bold and bright dress.  My choice was Mood Fabrics’ Multicolor Stripe Rayon Jersey.

striped rayon jersey dress

I knew I wanted to use McCall’s 6752, the same pattern from my stripe knit top from my last Mood Sewing Network Post.  The description  of this fabric on Mood Fabric’s website states this lightweight jersey would make a stunning top or pullover dress. ”  After reading this, I knew I had the perfect fabric in my cart.

striped rayon jersey dress
The fabric is a bit sheer and I contemplated on what to use for the lining.  I decided the top of the dress did not need lining since is was more oversized.  I planned the stripes so the white would hit the shoulders and the waist.  I knew I would need lining for the skirt and pulled out some tricot lining from my stash.  I had it for quite sometime, back when I made the twins’ swimsuits.  The tricot was the perfect weight and stretch.  This  was sewn separately from the skirt.

striped rayon jersey dress
The pattern instructs you to insert elastic into the seam of the skirt and the bodice.  I did not do this as I planned on belting it.  In hindsight and after looking at these pictures, I need to add a piece of elastic.  The combination of the weight of the skirt and my belt not being tight, pulled the skirt down.  This is why the stripes don’t appear even and level in all the pictures.  I plan on adding the elastic to get give that support for the waist.  That is what sewing is all about, trial and error, lessons learned.

Here is the dress in action, my darling daughter, Kaitlyn, never stopped snapping pictures during this little photo shoot.  I tell you I have some beautiful pictures in this group and they were quickly deleted!

striped rayon jersey dress

As you can tell in this picture, the tricot lining keeps the skirt in place.

We have had record amount of rainfall in this area, so the wedding was moved indoors. I still felt perfectly dressed for the wedding and received many compliments on my dress.  It was a beautiful wedding and there were two people dressed in Mood Fabrics, me in this dress and Paige in her lace dress.

This dress will be so fun to wear all summer long.

striped rayon jersey dress

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Comments


  • Elizabeth
    June 3, 2013

    Love the wide stripes. Very summery!

    • Lori
      June 3, 2013

      Thank you, Elizabeth, I think it will be a fun dress for summer.

  • sheila
    June 3, 2013

    Lovely dress.

    • Lori
      June 3, 2013

      Thank, Sheila.

  • Nancy
    June 3, 2013

    Did you raise the front neckline at the shoulders? I have this pattern but am worried the neckline will be too deep.

    • Lori
      June 3, 2013

      Nancy, I did not raise the neckline. I thought this fabric might drape the neckline lower but it did not, I really feel this pattern has been drafted with a nice cowl drape. It just doesn’t pull down or look to low. HTH

  • Erica B.
    June 3, 2013

    This is so cute! I love how you have it dressed up! It would also work great with flat sandals. I’ve been eyeing this fabric and I’m glad to see it made up!

    • Lori
      June 3, 2013

      Thanks, Erica, it will be a fun dress for summer and you are right flat sandals would look good. I might need to go shoe shopping!

  • Kay
    June 3, 2013

    It looks great on you!

    • Lori
      June 3, 2013

      Thank you, Kay.

  • Lauren
    June 3, 2013

    Perfect fabric and pattern combination! I love it!

    • Lori
      June 3, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren, the colors are great in the fabric.

  • Amy
    June 3, 2013

    What a perfect summer dress!

    • Lori
      June 3, 2013

      Thanks, Amy, I will be wearing it quite often.

  • crystalpleats
    June 3, 2013

    You look great in your new dress. I’ve really come around to stripes. This seems like the perfect summer dress.

    • Lori
      June 4, 2013

      thanks, Cyrstal. I have always liked stripes, there are several garments in my closet!

  • Carolyn
    June 5, 2013

    It is a great summer dress! The colorway is perfect for lazy summer days. Love this!

    • Lori
      June 5, 2013

      Thanks, Carolyn, it is a fun fabric and dress.

  • Ginger
    June 5, 2013

    I love this! It’s such a striking, bold stripe!

    • Lori
      June 5, 2013

      Thanks, Ginger, I love the wide stripes

  • Diana Deap
    June 5, 2013

    I really love this style and it looks fabulous in this fabric!

    • Lori
      June 5, 2013

      Thanks, Diana, I like this style also, might be one of many for me. Thanks