Cotton Jersey Layers Dress

Recently on Facebook, Mood Fabrics posed the following question to its readers:

When do you put aside summer sewing and move onto fall and winter apparel? Is July too soon to think about cool-weather clothes?

I must admit I have actually begun to think about my Fall wardrobe in July for the first time ever. I have even begun to look at Fall Runway shows on Style.com and even started a Mood Fall board, but……… hasn’t summer just begun?

I may develop the discipline to sew a season ahead one day, but for now I’m sewing in the moment.

striped cotton jersey dress

As a confessed blue and white striped addict, I couldn’t pass up this light weight navy and white striped jersey from Mood Fabrics……. and I sure couldn’t pass up the new Marcy Tilton Vogue pattern. It just looked like so much fun!

striped cotton jersey dress

I was delighted to discover the dress was as fun to make as I thought, and I made the dress in a day.

After cutting two main front and back pieces, the “shingles” were layered and stitched one by one working from the bottom towards the top.

striped cotton jersey dress

The pattern is designed to fit with negative ease which slightly scared me, but the additional shingled layers of fabric disguise the body hugging under layer.

striped cotton jersey dress

The directions state to leave the raw edges exposed, but I turned and machine-hemmed all of the layers adding another 30 minutes to the project. Since my fabric was lightweight I didn’t want to chance the edges curling.

The back of my new summer dress is layered identically to the front,

striped cotton jersey dress

and with over 9 weeks of summer left, I’m sure lots of opportunities for wear will arise.

striped cotton jersey dress

But I must say……. if any sewing excited me about the fall, it was this dress. Why?

I picture the longer sleeve rendition in a cool weather jersey bringing me a step closer to fall sewing ……possibly before September 22!

V8904 - long sleeve

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Comments


  • Beata
    July 12, 2013

    Wow! Your version/interpretation is so much better then the oginal/model … Wonderful! You look great in this dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 12, 2013

      Many thanks, Beata! I highly recommend the pattern and fabric!

  • Peter
    July 12, 2013

    What a great looking dress — so summery and cool. Wonderful job!

  • Ginger
    July 12, 2013

    Oh my gosh, this is FANTASTIC! I want a dress just like it!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 12, 2013

      Thanks, Ginger!! I hope you’ll give it a try :)

  • Donna Kaufman
    July 12, 2013

    Dress looks great on you! I am planning to make the long sleeved version some time soon. In the meantime, I made this into a sleeveless top using lace for the shingles. I love it!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 12, 2013

      Thank you, Donna! I bet this pattern looks great as a top!

  • Amy
    July 12, 2013

    I love it! Seriously. What a dress!

  • Amanda S.
    July 12, 2013

    Love it! I can’t wait to make this pattern for myself!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 12, 2013

      Thank you, Amanda! You’ll look great in this dress – can’t wait to see your rendition :)

  • carolyn roemer
    July 12, 2013

    What fabric did you use to layer the “shingles” on to? I actually have this pattern and 2 daughters so I have 3 chances to experiment with this pattern. The same stripe through out with the bottom vertical stripe looks very good. Thanks.

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 12, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn! I used the same fabric underneath the layers which I recommend with a light weight fabric as long as it”s not too transparent. Good luck with your dresses!

  • Julia p
    July 12, 2013

    Gorgeous! This dress has inspired me to make more time to sew.

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 12, 2013

      Thank you, Julia! I didn’t realize what I was missing until I began sewing seriously again :)

  • Erica B.
    July 12, 2013

    Oooohhhh, that’s so cute! You’re like the queen of the summer dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 12, 2013

      Ahhhhh……. Thanks for the nice comment, Erica!

  • Kay
    July 12, 2013

    It looks great. Love it.

  • Sandra
    July 12, 2013

    What a lovely dress that could be made for more than one season. It looks so comfie!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 12, 2013

      Thanks, Sandra! It is very comfie and fun to make!

  • Alexandra
    July 12, 2013

    Great dress! So much nicer than on the envelope. The more I look at your version, the more I think I might be a stripe person after all.

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 13, 2013

      Thanks, Alexandra! I think stripes can be very flattering when used appropriately!

  • Angela
    July 12, 2013

    Oh fun! I have that pattern. I might have to try that one now ;)

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 13, 2013

      Thank you, Angela! You will love it!

  • Cissie
    July 12, 2013

    Love it, love it, love it. I’m copying this for sure!!!
    Cissie

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 13, 2013

      You will look super in this dress, Cissie!

  • Haylee
    July 12, 2013

    Wow this is amazing Sarah! I really love it, it captures your attention in a subtle way and fits you like a gem.

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 13, 2013

      Thank you, Haylee! I really like the fit too :)

  • Lori
    July 12, 2013

    OH, I really, really like this Sarah. It looks great on you and is just such a fun summer dress. I keep sewing the season until there is no more season to sew for!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 13, 2013

      LOL! Thanks for the nice comment, Lori!

  • soisewedthis
    July 13, 2013

    I love your dress! I need to go find that pattern and some striped knit, but maybe different colors so I’m not a complete copycat ;) great inspiration!

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 13, 2013

      Thank you – you’ll love sewing this pattern!

  • Carolyn
    July 13, 2013

    This is so lovely on you and perfect for summer wearing!

  • Beverly Miller
    July 16, 2013

    I love your version of this dress!! I’ve been seeing a few others make this dress and I’m loving them all. I might just need to pick up the pattern at the next sale. The fabric is to die for! I love navy and white and the stripes are gorgeous.

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 16, 2013

      Thank you, Beverly! I believe this pattern flatters a variety of shapes and sizes and can adapt to lots of (knit) fabric styles. I too, love all of the versions I’ve seen !

  • Laura Warriner
    August 5, 2013

    I just love this pattern and the dress! Can’t wait to make one.

  • Melodye
    August 5, 2013

    I love it!! I might just have to make the fall version!! Quite honestly, at 53, I probably would not have picked out this pattern had I not seen it on you. Both you and the dress look fabulous!

    Melodye

  • sandy
    August 5, 2013

    Absolutely fabulous. Just stunning. A marvellous job. What pattern did you use?

  • Carol
    August 5, 2013

    It is a very interesting design. It fits your very well. I love the color. You were right to hem each layer. My one complaint about the dress is that you should have matched the stripes on the sides. It really cheapens the dress to not match the stripes. I’m surprised whoever published these photos would let this dress pass. I’m sorry for my comments, but too often imperfections like this are accepted when they shouldn’t be. Whatever happened to doing things the correct way no matter the cost in time or money.

  • jane g
    August 6, 2013

    What is the vogue pattern number of that wonderful stripped dress?

    • jane g
      August 7, 2013

      found it myself! The pattern number is Vogue 8904

  • Rachel
    August 6, 2013

    Yes I’d love that pattern number also, and you look wonderful.

  • Natasha
    August 6, 2013

    You look wonderful and the dress looks great on you!
    Where I can buy this pattern?
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