Cozy Knit Surplice Dress

As much as I live for the summer months, I truly love the clothes that come with winter. Nothing makes me want to suit up and get all fancy more than a nip in the air and a need for additional layers. True fact: tights automatically make any outfit look extra fancy, as do scarves. Never mind that I’ll be sick of the cold in a record amount of time (2 weeks? Maybe?). For now, I’m going to relish the fact that I can finally sew up those non-breathing polys that I can’t stand to touch when it’s hot out.

Colette Wren dress - front

This black cozy knit from Mood Fabrics (looks like it’s completely sold out at this point – sorry! I may or may not have bought the last yardage that was available online, ha!) is one of those polys that I had to have, but had to wait to sew. It’s a mostly polyester blend, and it feels like a thin ponte with a slightly fuzzy/sweatered texture on one side. The random white print is woven into the fabric, which means the wrong side looks pretty neat, too. This is the kind of fabric that would be perfect for office-wear – the stretch is SUPER comfortable, it has just enough weight and thickness so that it doesn’t cling, and the black and white print is quite classy. Why I gravitated towards it, I’m not sure (it’s not like I work in an office setting these days!). But I do love wearing black in the winter, and I love me a good ponte knit dress.

Colette Wren dress - back

I used the Wren dress from Colette Patterns. I loved the surplice neckline, coupled with the fitted skirt (again, something I don’t normally tend to gravitate toward in terms of clothing – but it’s a knit! It’s so comfortable!) and the elbow-length sleeves. It’s a nice, basic dress that will work well for all those fancy parties and concerts I’m always attending. Just kidding. It’ll be super comfy to hang out on the couch in. At least I know I’ll look good.

Colette Wren dress - side

Colette Wren dress - front

What I really love about this fabric – other than all the drooling I’ve already wiped all over this post, sorry – is how neat the design looks up close. It reminds me of a city skyline at night, just millions and millions of windows.

Colette Wren dress - flat

Colette Wren dress - flat

The dress itself was very easy to put together, and was finished in an afternoon. I sewed everything on my serger, and did all my hemming (neckline, sleeves, skirt) with a twin needle. I found that the fabric responded well to pressing, even despite it’s poly content. That being said, I have a silicone “shoe” on my iron, so that does help. A presscloth would also work just as well.

Colette Wren dress - front



  • Sallie
    November 16, 2015

    This is gorgeous. A lovely cold weather look. And I love how knit dresses like this can look so put-together but still be super comfy.

    • Lladybird
      November 16, 2015

      Forreal, that’s the best part of knit dresses. They look REALLY sleek and classy, but they’re so comfortable that it almost feels wrong.

  • Lori
    November 16, 2015

    That is a great dress, and perfect fit.

  • Carol
    November 16, 2015

    Did you have to adjust the shoulders at all? I find that with her patterns, the shoulders are really square and wide for me and I’m always having to fiddle with them. You look lovely in this dress.

  • Lladybird
    November 16, 2015

    Yeah, I usually have that same problem with the patterns. Not with this one! What you see is exactly how it was sewn out of the envelope – maybe hemmed a tiny bit shorter (and obviously I have slightly different sleeves), but no adjustments to the size or shoulders or anything like that 🙂 And thank you!

  • Karen
    November 19, 2015

    Great dress! It is super flattering on you!

  • Fiona
    November 20, 2015

    Gorgeous! Great choice of fabric for that pattern. The print looks so different up close, from a distance it looks like it’s got flecks of grey in there too, almost like a tweed!

  • PsychicKathleen
    November 29, 2015

    The material looks so different from a distance than it does up close which is another aspect of it’s allure – like a painting! Lovely dress on you and an amazing fit considering you sewed it right out of the envelope – wow! I have some lovely ponte I’ve been holding out for a pair of pants but you’ve inspired me to rethink it and make a dress out of it instead. Thank you for sharing your process and finished product.

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 2, 2015

    Don’t you just love those easy projects that are true winners! I love this dress on you and appreciate the post. I”d drool over this one too 🙂