Fuschsia Wool Ponte Dress

Ponte knit is a well known and much loved fabric amongst the sewers of the world. It’s beefy and stable qualities make it a great option for body-con dresses and structured designs. I’ve sewn with my fair share of it over the years and, as with most fabrics, there is a spectrum of quality available. When I spotted this “fuchsia rose wool ponte knit” on Mood Fabric’s website some months ago, I snapped it up faster then lightning. I adore natural fibers and was positive that a ponte knit made from wool would be heaven to work with. Unfortunately many other people must have been as intrigued as I was since it sold out in record speed. However, here is a neat striped jersey knit that I’ve had my eye on for awhile that looks to be similar, and I currently have this plaid ponte in my stash awaiting the perfect pattern pairing

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The fabric was 60″ wide so I purchased my standard I-don’t-know-what-I’m-going-to-make-with-this length of 2 yards and went combing through my extensive pattern stash. Vogue 8946 immediately jumped out at me. The pleating details would really sing in a solid color and the long sleeve version would be perfect for winter. I did a bit of pattern research and decided to cut my typical Vogue woven pattern size of 12. Usually I will go down a size for anything made in a knit fabric but this dress was described as close-fitting and it certainly is. After I got the fronts pleated and the top sewn to the bottom, I pinned it on my dressform and used liberal amounts of steam to get the pleats to lay nicely. This is where using a wool really worked out. It was simple to manipulate and took the shape of my dressform easily.

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This pattern calls for a back zipper and, even though I was working with a knit, I did my best to follow the instructions. I do prefer a zipper in dresses as I often do my hair and makeup before getting dressed and they’re just easier to put on and not get smeared with deodorant or powder. I fused some knit interfacing along the center back and made several passes at zipper insertion. Every Single Time the bottom stuck out like a tail until I finally admitted defeat and did away with it.

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I took a 1.5″ hem instead of the narrow hem the directions call for. I slip-stitched it by hand onto the tricot knit lining. I also slip-stitched the sleeve hems by hand but not onto lining as I left the sleeves unlined.

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I want to use this pattern again for a sleeveless summer version but I’ll definitely be adding some length to the hemline. I like the shorter length for tights and boots but probably not for bare legs. Visit my blog in the next few days for some interior construction shots. Until then STAY WARM and use some wool in your next sewing project!

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Comments


  • Fiona
    November 29, 2015

    This is beautiful! I love the way the pleats look in a ponte and it fits like a glove. Great colour on you too!

    • Amanda S.
      November 29, 2015

      Thanks Fiona! Originally I had this pattern paired with a silk jersey, but I really think it needs something more substantial to hold the pleating. Also jersey doesn’t hide too many lumps or bumps. ;)

  • Peter
    November 29, 2015

    Great-looking dress and I love, love, love the color! I usually associate ponte knits with synthetics (or synthetic blends) so a wool ponte is a great find. I may hunt for some myself!

    • Amanda S.
      November 29, 2015

      Thanks Peter! Mood currently has some cotton ponte in black that you may be interested it. You are right, though, it usually is made from synthetic fibers.

  • Lori
    November 29, 2015

    I love this dress on you, great pattern for this fabulous color of fabric. I will have to take a look at the wool ponte. Also, I really like your hair.

    • Amanda S.
      November 30, 2015

      Thanks Lori! I cut it because I’m too busy to bother straightening it now but I like the change! Now to tackle the growing number of grays I have…

  • Kathleen
    November 30, 2015

    I never would have looked twice at that pattern to be honest but seeing it on you is twigging me to have a second look for sure. Looks gorgeous! That colour is so lovely and the fit is so perfect you would think it was made for you! :)

    • Amanda S.
      November 30, 2015

      Thanks so much Kathleen! Fabrics with stretch can aid in that perfect fit look. ;)

  • Cennetta
    November 30, 2015

    Cute dress Amanda. I’ve always admired your skill and sense of fashion.

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 2, 2015

    Gorgeous dress, Amanda – a completely different look than the pattern cover!
    Love the pink and love your hairstyle :)

    • Amanda S.
      December 4, 2015

      Thanks Sarah! I’m really not a “pink person” but after my hot pink coat was such a hit I thought I might add more to my closet. I’m with you on bright colors during winter – and all year through really.