Double-Faced Wool Crepe & Houndstooth Dress

My usual journey when starting a new garment is the fabric.  I roam the aisle of Mood Fabrics’ NYC store touching fabrics and waiting for the perfect piece to jump out at me, demanding to be brought home and sewn up. This time though, it was the pattern that spoke to me first.  It was Vogue 1370 ~ a sheath dress with fabric inserts and literally I saw the dress in black and white.

ss with houndstooth inserts made with wool crepe from Mood Fabrics NYC.

With that idea in mind, I headed off to Mood to purchase fabric.  I don’t know about you, but me, I love a great wool crepe dress in the fall.  Wool crepe dresses up and down, it molds to your body, and wears wonderfully.  So black wool crepe for the dress with white or ivory for the inserts. I searched and searched but there just wasn’t any medium-weight black wool crepe on the shelves.  I’m sure there was the day before I got there but you know how fast the fabric turns at Mood!  I even briefly contemplated ordering online, since there is an amazing selection of wool crepes here.

Just when I thought all was lost and that I would leave the store empty-handed, the sales clerk directed me to this delicious double-faced black wool crepe.  You can find double-faced wool crepes online here.

When I touched it, my heart skipped a beat!  Seriously, and I knew that this was the one!  The “perfect” fabric to bring my dress to reality.  Then it hit me that I had the “perfect” black ‘n white houndstooth fabric in my fabric collection, that I’d purchased from Mood in January 2012.  I knew the two fabrics would just sing together.  So tell me, do you hear them singing?  I sure do!

DreA couple of notes about construction…

The pattern alterations were extensive.  Those alterations and construction details can be found here.  There are 25 hours of work in this dress.  Hard to believe, right?  But the inserts and seaming are intricate and not only give the dress a slim-fitting appearance but add to the interesting details of the dress.

ss with houndstooth inserts made with wool crepe from Mood Fabrics NYC.

ss with houndstooth inserts made with wool crepe from Mood Fabrics NYC.

I love how the black and white adds drama to the dress and still makes it work appropriate.  And of course, I love the silhouette but it’s the perfect wool crepe and houndstooth that really make the dress sing!

 

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  • Seattlerain
    December 2, 2013

    25 hours! How worth it though! The inserts are amazing, and yes, they do sing. I love how they match your shoes!

    • Carolyn
      December 2, 2013

      Seattlerain – you do know that the fabric was chosen to match the shoes right?! *LOL* I’m glad you appreciate the entire outfit!

  • Peter
    December 2, 2013

    Wow, what a gorgeous dress! Well worth the 25 hours, imo. Love the houndstooth inserts and I am VERY impressed that you have the perfect shoes to match — WOW!

    • Carolyn
      December 2, 2013

      The only thing that I have more of than shoes Peter is fabric! I can’t make them so I gotta buy them and I love me some shoes!

  • Manju
    December 2, 2013

    Absolutely loving this. Love the inserts! You look fabulous.

    • Carolyn
      December 2, 2013

      Thanks Manju!

  • angela
    December 2, 2013

    Love the dress and cannot wait to make the same dress!!! Not sure on the fabric combo I will choose, but I love yours :)

    • Carolyn
      December 2, 2013

      Angela – you should so make the dress. It’s not hard, just intense because the pattern has 14 pieces for the dress. I’m sure you will pick the perfect colors for your dress!

  • Ginger
    December 2, 2013

    Wow, this looks super cool! Doing the inserts in houndstooth was such a great choice! Also, your shoe collection is top-notch!

    • Carolyn
      December 2, 2013

      S – I love the drama of the houndstooth and the black wool crepe! Thanks for liking it too!

  • oonaballoona
    December 2, 2013

    WOW carolyn. va, va, and VOOM.

    • Carolyn
      December 2, 2013

      Thanks Marce – though I don’t know about any va va or voom!?!

  • Amy
    December 2, 2013

    I’ve been dying to see the finished version of this dress, and it did not disappoint! The whole outfit is perfect. Bravo!

    • Carolyn
      December 2, 2013

      Thanks Amy! That’s so kind of you!

  • anne jewell
    December 2, 2013

    superlative design and lovely styling!–anne

  • Amanda S.
    December 2, 2013

    This is totally gorgeous on you and totally worth the 25 hours!

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 2, 2013

    Carolyn, I’m so glad you chose this fabric combo! The dress is really beautiful :)

  • Lauren
    December 2, 2013

    I take back everything I ever said about your previous makes. THIS is my favorite thing you’ve ever made, so much that I may shamelessly end up copying you. You look AMAZING – the fabrics are perfect together, the fit is beautiful, and I love those matching shoes! 25 hours well spent, in my opinion. Please wear this thing until it falls apart… and then make a few more. It’s so good, it hurts me. Almost. :)

  • gMarie
    December 2, 2013

    I saw a pic on Insta and I couldn’t wait to get over here to see the finished dress. Wowza! This is amazing! I love it. I love the boxiness of the houndstooth against the curves of the insets, the seam lines, the addition of the houndstooth at the sleeve hems – perfect. You t

    • gMarie
      December 2, 2013

      you totally knocked this one out of the park! you look amazing. (got cut off the first time). g

  • KathyS
    December 3, 2013

    So beautiful! The pattern, the fabric and you.

  • Lori
    December 3, 2013

    Carolyn, your hard work and hours of work paid off big time in this dress, you look amazing. Great idea on design and pattern and fabric.

  • velosewer
    December 3, 2013

    Your dress looks so stylish. That illustrates all your planning and sewing expertise.

  • AJW
    December 4, 2013

    This is beautiful. The fabric combination, the fit, the interpretation of pattern, and the styling. Inspirational!

  • Mary
    December 4, 2013

    Your dress is gorgeous and you look altogether lovely in it.

  • Mood Sewing Network
    December 5, 2013

    That dress has so many interesting lines and details. No wonder it took so long! Your patience paid off for sure. And I love that you have the perfect, matching shoes!

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    December 19, 2013

    I’ve not sewn up any wool crepe before, but reading your post makes we want to buy some, so for now it will be on the top of my list for when autumn starts down here in NZ. I love your dress, and your shoes – to die for :)