Geometric Stretch Woven Dress

Mood Fabrics' geometric stretch cotton woven dress, colorblocked using Vogue 1329

 

Summer is winding down here in the Midwest but occasionally it comes back with bursts of hot and humid.  I am not quite ready to move onto fall and winter sewing and knew I needed to sew up this gorgeous Mood Fabrics’ black and beige geometric squares stretch cotton woven (or you can go with the  cream and brown).  After all, this is wonderful fabric to feel and touch and I knew it needed to be a garment quickly.    I loved sewing it into this Vogue 1329 dress ( Kay Unger design).

Just look at the details in the waist pleats adding some curves where I really don’t have curves!  The fabric has the perfect amount of crispness to hold the pleats.

Mood Fabrics' geometric stretch cotton woven dress, colorblocked using Vogue 1329 with pleats at the waist

 

Before I get into the dress construction, I need to start with how I went with this pattern.  I have a relative small stash and was going through it looking for just something to go with this Mood Fabric and I found this cotton twill.  The twill was a perfect cream match and I knew my fabric combination was set.  I then started going through the patterns.  I found two, an OOP Simplicity tunic and Vogue 1382 (Anne Klein dress).  Being very indecisive, I put pictures on Instagram for help.  By the way, don’t you just love Instagram?  It was a really a toss up between the tunic and the dress until fellow Mood Sewing Network blogger, Sew Busy Lizzy, suggested Vogue 1329.  I knew I had that pattern somewhere and went looking though all my pattern drawers.  Oh, for a snow day this winter just to stay home and organize, but that is another story.  Let’s get back to the dress…..

 

Mood Fabrics' geometric stretch cotton woven dress, colorblocked using Vogue 1329

I loved Sew Busy Lizzy’s idea, it seemed perfect for the fabrics.  I did a bit of research for the fit and found that Erica  had made this pattern.    I followed her advice and added inches to the length.  I went with 2 -1/2″ for the length and loved her advice of pegging the hem.  I cut a straight size 12 in the dress and then pegged the hem on the sides seams to the size 8 at the hemline.  The difference between the 12 and the 8 at the hem was about the 4 inches Erica suggested for the hem.

Mood Fabrics' geometric stretch cotton woven dress, colorblocked using Vogue 1329

 

My fitting alterations:

  • I took in 1/2″ at the side seams right at the hips 
  • The dress was big at the center back, I reduced the side back seams by 1/2″
  • Neckline was lowered by 3/8″, it was just too high for my liking
  • I scooped out the armholes a bit, they were pretty high.

I did use the cream cotton twill for the lining on the upper pieces and used a  lining from my stash for the remainder of the lining.  This dress was quick and easy to sew and the cotton woven was such a joy to stitch.  The pattern on this fabric is so fun, a bit wavy and the width of the cream plaid varies.  It really adds to the texture, dimension  and look of this fabric. The fabric has nice body  and works nicely with my Vogue pattern.  You might recognize this fabric, Sallieoh, created a beautiful summer dress from this same fabric.

Mood Fabrics' geometric stretch cotton woven dress, colorblocked using Vogue 1329

 

Let me ask you all this, do you have some kind of sewing frustration occasionally on your projects?  I had a big frustration on this one and it all dealt with the invisible zipper.  I inserted the first one, pulled up the tab and the zipper pulled apart right at the seamline between the contrast and the print.  I went to my zippers and found another one that would work, did a bit of  unsewing to remove the first one.  Carefully stitched in the new zipper, pulled it up to close and check the placement of the two back pieces, holding my breath a bit.  Pop!!  Off came the zipper tab.  Oh my word, not again.  Into the zippers again I went  and found one last one that would work.  More unsewing to remove the second zipper and really, really holding my breath, I stitched the zipper in for the third time.   This one worked and went in perfectly and zipped perfectly.  What a releif!  The zipper looks good and I am so happy I put in a small strip of fusible interfacing in my seam line for the zipper.  I really needed that stabilization for this dress and all the sewing.

Mood Fabrics' geometric stretch cotton woven dress, colorblocked using Vogue 1329 back of dress

 

If you want some fabulous feeling stretch woven fabric, go grab this up before it is gone, you won’t regret it.   I think this dress will be in my suitcase for an upcoming business trip, provided the warm temperatures continue.

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Comments


  • Mary Beth
    September 14, 2015

    I never really looked at that Kay Unger pattern…but I think it deserves a second look and I remember that cotton woven from the Mood Fabrics site. Great dress!

    • Lori
      September 16, 2015

      Thanks, Mary Beth, I had totally forgotten about this pattern until Lizzy mentioned it.

  • ME Pendleton
    September 14, 2015

    I really really love this dress & fabric . I ordered a swatch before I saw your Instagram post. I love how you mixed it to break up the pattern a bit !

    • Lori
      September 16, 2015

      Thanks, ME, what are you going to make with this fabric? I like the bit of solid to break up the print.

  • stacy
    September 14, 2015

    The dress looks great on you, Lori! I like how the pleats at the side look with this fabric. Great job on it!

    • Lori
      September 16, 2015

      Thanks, Stacy, the pleats are a nice feature on this dress.

  • Amanda S.
    September 14, 2015

    THAT is adorable! I love everything about it. I never thought to use this pattern with a print but definitely will now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Lori
      September 16, 2015

      Thanks, Amanda, I do like the print for the dress.

  • Linda LaMona
    September 14, 2015

    This is a lovely dress on you. I may have to give this one a try as I need curves where I no longer have them also. Perfect fabric combination.

    • Lori
      September 16, 2015

      Thanks, Linda, I have always had no waistline, so this dress is a great one to make you look like you have a waist.

  • Amanda H
    September 15, 2015

    Your dress looks great! Thanks for the inspiration – I bought a piece of strech cotton last year for a dress in a very vibrant pink print and other colours. I was looking for a pattern for a fitted dress where the front is in one piece. This fits my criteria perfectly and using black as the contrast will tone down the pink fabric.

    • Lori
      September 21, 2015

      Thanks, Amanda, the black will be the perfect contrast to the pink. Have fun making your garment.

  • Cennetta
    September 16, 2015

    Pretty classy dress, Lori. I love the affect of the print with this style. You look lovely.

    • Lori
      September 21, 2015

      Thanks, Cennetta, I keep thinking I will make more garments in a solid color but I always go for the prints!

  • Fiona
    September 20, 2015

    This is such a great dress Lori! I’d been eyeing up that stretch cotton fabric myself but couldn’t think what to use it for, it’s perfect for this! Love the design of the dress, I’ve just picked up a few Vogue designer patterns and am looking forward to getting stuck into some more unusual designs

    • Lori
      September 21, 2015

      It is great fabric, Fiona. Thanks

  • Erica B's DIY Style
    September 23, 2015

    Your version of this dress is beautiful! I made this dress before and now I must pull it out and wear it! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Lori
      September 23, 2015

      Thanks, Erica, your blog post on this dress helped me with some construction decisions, thanks.