Go Ravens! Purple Friday Dress

Cotton Twill Dress

I get called out on my lack of purple during football season. It’s really almost embarrassing in my particular office. I promised myself this was the year I’d have my Purple Friday dress. And, just like it was meant to be, when Mood Fabrics sent me this aubergine double twill as a sample of the fall season, I got super excited and ordered two yards straight away.

Cotton Twill Dress

Yes, double twill cotton. The material is 100 percent cotton, twill with a diagonal weave and very dense. It would make a great jacket, or a mod like dress with structure (oh, you know, like this one…). I’ve never sewn or seen anything like this before. But, it pre-washed well and sews in the awesome way that natural fibers do.

Cotton Twill Dress

I was unsure what to make with the material and decided to paw through my pattern stash. I stumbled across Simplicity 2568 and declared View B “perfect”. I was really worried this dress would be shapeless on me. But, I think it’s flattering and the fabric is perfect!

Because the material is prone to fraying, I did serge every single piece.

Cotton Twill Dress

I went with black and golden brass zippers to stay with the Baltimore Ravens theme.

Cotton Twill Dress

The pockets sew into the side seam. So, if you are grading the skirt out at all, make sure you make the same alteration to the pocket. Ask me how I know…

Cotton Twill Dress

Yo! First time with an exposed zipper!

Cotton Twill Dress

Because of the stiffer hand, I didn’t need to interface the collar like the pattern suggested. It also doesn’t wrinkle much despite being 100 percent cotton.

Cotton Twill Dress

I love this dress! I got a dozen compliments the first time I wore it to the office. Because it’s cotton I can wear it during the summer. But, because it’s a nice dense cotton, it’s also fall appropriate.

Cotton Twill Dress

I do not play. Purple dress. Purple eye shadow. Purple glasses.

So, there’s my first Purple Friday Dress. I have a second one planned (about three garments from now) in an amazing stretch wool I got last weekend at Mood.

Cotton Twill Dress

Go Ravens!

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Comments


  • Heather
    October 15, 2012

    You are beautiful! Your look also would work for the K-State Wildcats! Is that fabric easy to sew? Or is it stiff? I’m kind of a beginner…is it too advanced for me?

    • Cidell
      October 15, 2012

      Hi Heather! Thank you for the comment. Yes, the material is on the stiffer side, but that’s what makes it so nice to sew with. If you are a beginner, I would recommend using this for an unstructured jacket. It doesn’t need a lot of interfacing so the material would hold up nicely. It’s great to sew with too since it’s a natural fiber. It presses really well and hides the stitches beautifully.

  • Marcy
    October 15, 2012

    Very nice, Miss Celie!

  • Caroline
    October 15, 2012

    That’s a great dress,lovely color, and the zipper treatment is elegant but fresh. Looks really good on you! I love the fall-ish photo shoot. Is it fall weather over there yet?

    • Cidell
      October 15, 2012

      This weather is crazy. It was 52 degrees on Saturday and 77 on Sunday. I’m wearing a lot of transitional clothing 🙂 I need to make up a turtleneck to wear under this dress to take me in to winter.

  • Amanda S.
    October 15, 2012

    Great dress on you! Very mod. I also loved that fabric and ordered 2 yards of it for a military jacket coming soon.

  • Erica B
    October 15, 2012

    That was a great choice to with this style of dress. It’s so cute. I love the zippers. Such a great detail.

  • Irene Bullock
    October 15, 2012

    Love that dress for fall/winter! And the color is gorgeus, love the purple/gold combi, hmmm, ideas, ideas. Best thing is, I have that pattern! Weirdly enough it came in one of those Naaimode (aka the “The oop & ugly Simplicity patterns mag”).

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 15, 2012

    That dress is anything but shapeless! It’s adorable and the zippers pull it all together!

  • bmapso
    October 15, 2012

    Love it. This pattern is awesome.

  • kaitui_kiwi
    October 15, 2012

    Ohh I like! Great colour on you, very flattering and I love those zippers! I might go check that pattern out for myself, the seaming is very nice.

  • Breyan
    October 15, 2012

    This looks great! Love the zipper detail and overall style. Thanks for the tips on the fabric – so much of what i like calls for knit. It’s nice to consider some alternatives that give a similar look.

  • Madeline
    October 16, 2012

    I love this dress and that is one of my favorite colors!! This site is inspiring me to sew my clothing again! I think a drive to Mood LA is inorder!! Thanks

  • Ginger
    October 17, 2012

    Love this! I LOVE the idea of having something chic to wear on game day…. hmm… now I need to come up with my own sassy dress– in Bears colors, of course!

  • Amy
    October 17, 2012

    What a gorgeous color on you!

  • Karen
    October 20, 2012

    Love it. I have been eyeing that pattern since it came out, but was unsure how it would look on me. I’ll add it to my “Buy” list now. Thanks for posting.

  • Diana Deap
    October 22, 2012

    Great looking dress and smart use of thhat fabric. Looks gorgeous on you.

  • Martina
    October 24, 2012

    I love this dress! It reminds me of the 70’s! Your fabric choice was perfect..I think I’ll do it in black wtih white topstitching!

  • Jan
    October 28, 2012

    So cute!

  • Cathe
    November 10, 2012

    I love everything about this dress. It looks wonderful on you too, so comfortable and stylish!