Houndstooth Sweater-Knit Jersey Dress

I thought I owned one of everything in black and white houndstooth, and then I saw this sweater-knit/jersey on the Mood Fabrics website.

I realized I owned nothing in a houndstooth jersey, and remedied the void by placing a quick order on the Mood website (see lots of great sweater knits from Mood HERE). Continuing my January theme of simple sewing, I selected Butterick’s See & Sew 5873 one more time and made the dress in a day.

Faux wrap dress made from Mood Fabrics' houndstooth sweater-knit jersey.

While my first dress was a warm weather dress, sewn from Mood’s beach/camo jersey, this beefy knit should carry me through South Carolina’s winter if the Polar Vortex will leave us alone.

The faux wrap dress is my solution to easy daytime dressing! A shapely design combined with no wrinkle fabric and a snappy houndstooth print has truly produced a go-to dress.

Faux wrap dress made from Mood Fabrics' houndstooth sweater-knit jersey.

I omitted the side zipper which I omitted in the first dress too. The elastic casing in the sleeve is also absent due to my haste. Instructions called to stitch the lower portion of the sleeve seam allowance together to form a vertical casing for the elastic – shown below in View A:

B5873 sketch

Oops…….. I missed that step and ran the seam through the serger.

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Hate it when that happens, but obsessing about my unadorned sleeves is not an option and neither is re-doing the sleeves. During my years in music I learned how important it is to keep on going after a mistake…… the show must go on!

Well, so must the sewing.

Faux wrap dress made from Mood Fabrics' houndstooth sweater-knit jersey.

Besides, I really like my new dress :)

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Comments


  • Kimberly
    January 27, 2014

    This is a pretty dress. I appreciate how you were able to keep the pattern straight throughout the length of the dress. That is more impressive than some detail in a sleeve readers will never see or the wearer will never notice.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 28, 2014

      Thank you, Kimberly! Keeping the pattern straight was a challenge, but fortunately there were just a few pattern pieces. The sleeves weren’t a big deal – but I was irritated with myself for not reading the instructions more carefully :(

  • Ginger
    January 27, 2014

    This is really lovely! I love the scale of the print– it works perfectly with this pattern! Gorgeous dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 28, 2014

      Thank you, Ginger! Oh how I love houndstooth prints :) !

  • Amanda S.
    January 27, 2014

    Super cute!!! I’ve had my eye on that fabric but thought it might be too thick for pleating. I guess not! That pattern is a winner in my book as well.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 28, 2014

      Thank you, Amanda! The fabric has a nice body for sure. Have you sewn this pattern? It’s truly a great easy dress pattern :)

  • Jenny
    January 27, 2014

    oooh that’s great! I’m always looking for new wrap dress variations so I think I’ll add this one to my stable..

    My wrap dress reviews & end results are all here!
    http://cashmerette.blogspot.com/p/wrap-dress-central.html

  • Lori
    January 27, 2014

    That looks amazing on you,. The pattern is perfect to showcase the fabric, it is a showstopper. Fabulous job.

  • Carolyn
    January 27, 2014

    Sarah – I love black n white houndstooth and I love this dress! Just gorgeous!

  • Debbie
    January 27, 2014

    Classy! Love the matching bangle too.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 28, 2014

      Thanks, Debbie! The matching bracelet and earrings were a Christmas gift a few years ago that I have so enjoyed :)

  • Chris Johnson
    January 28, 2014

    Sarah, this looks amazing – not only comfortable but striking. First item in your new sewing space? Your room is the perfect setting for precision sewing and contemplation, while fostering your creativity.

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 28, 2014

    Many thanks, Chris! I suppose it is my first item since the room was 90% completed!……..Thank you so much for the lovely comment :)

  • Cissie
    January 28, 2014

    Love this dress on you! Thanks for pointing out this pattern!

  • oonaballoona
    January 28, 2014

    gorgeous classic print- and i looooooove that neckline on you!

  • Jennifer
    January 28, 2014

    You look absolutely amazing the dress is gorgeous!!!!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 31, 2014

      Many thanks, Jennifer :)

  • Virginia
    January 28, 2014

    I really respect your quest to have one of everything in houndstooth. :-)

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 31, 2014

      It’s a very lofty goal, isn’t it? ;)

  • Cennetta
    January 28, 2014

    You are quite the stylish one in the figure flattering houndstooth dress.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 31, 2014

      Why, thank you, Cennetta!

  • Peter
    January 29, 2014

    Classic and classy (as always….). I love your houndstooth!

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 31, 2014

      My theory is one can almost never go wrong with houndstooth. :)

  • Marguerite
    January 29, 2014

    So flattering on you! I really like how you took such a masculine type print and made such a feminine dress. I have always loved houndstooth myself.

    • Sarah Gunn
      January 31, 2014

      Thanks, Marguerite! I think the fact that it was a knit fabric provided more feminine options :)

  • Val
    January 30, 2014

    This dress is gorgeous on you. I would never even have looked at this in a department store on a rack, but now I’m thinking about making one exactly like yours! I think the sleeve detail omission actually enhanced the beautiful simplicity of the design. Thank you for sharing this!

  • Sarah Gunn
    January 31, 2014

    Thank you, Val! I would never have looked at many clothes I’ve made on the department store rack, but the pattern illustrations usually sell me.

  • Sallie
    February 3, 2014

    Great fabric and GORGEOUS dress!!