Navy Blue Viscose Knit Dress

This fall/winter I am concentrating on long sleeve dresses, which are in short supply in my closet. I picked Vogue 1283 for my first one and knew I’d need something thin to handle all the gathers. I also wanted a fabric with some weight so that the dress would drape nicely. Enter this midnight blue solid viscose knit from Mood Fabrics. I swatched it since I’d never worked with viscose knit before. The description on Mood’s website is accurate, it is a dense fabric with a beautiful drape.

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I loved the asymmetrical bodice of this design but not the cut-in-one sleeves. Extra fabric folded up under my armpit is never a favorite of mine. I thought I might be able to modify the pattern to have set-in sleeves instead, and traced the armhole curves from another long sleeved knit dress pattern. I also used the sleeve pattern piece from that pattern. It turned out great!

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This pattern is lined with the same fabric as the dress. If planning to make this design, don’t do what I did and think you don’t need the stay tape along the gathers and neckline. I don’t know if it was the fabric or not, but those gathered areas and neckline really stretched out when they came in contact with my iron. I went back with clear elastic to reinforce those areas. I added 2.5″ to the hemline and then took a 1.5″ hem whip-stitched by hand in place. I also whip-stitched the sleeve hems. I usually hem knits with a twin needle but wanted a cleaner finish for this dress.

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This fabric will show iron marks so iron on the reverse side or use a press cloth with it. It was easy to work with and very luxurious feeling – almost like a thick silk jersey.

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I’m so pleased with how this dress turned out! Check out my blog in the next few days for extra construction details and inside pictures.

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Comments


  • Mary Beth
    November 2, 2015

    Love this…and midnight blue so flattering on you!

  • Lori
    November 2, 2015

    This is a very pretty dress, the dark blue looks wonderful on you.

  • Cynthia
    November 2, 2015

    Gorgeous!

  • Peter
    November 3, 2015

    Beautiful job — I love the gathers on the this dress and the solid blue looks so elegant. Lovely!

    • Amanda S.
      November 3, 2015

      Thanks Peter! I’m trying to incorporate more solid colors in my closet but the magpie in me wants colorful prints.

  • Diana Deap
    November 3, 2015

    Lovely dress and a great save on the sleeves.

    • Amanda S.
      November 3, 2015

      Thanks Diana! I thought about this pattern for a long time before I figured out what about it I wanted to change.

  • Amy
    November 3, 2015

    Great choice of fabric for this pattern. And, your hem looks perfect! I’ve had the hardest time with handstitching my knit hems lately. I just want to pull too tightly. One of these days I’ll achieve your perfection!

    • Amanda S.
      November 3, 2015

      Ha! Well I never use to think one actually COULD hand-stitch a hem into a knit, but they don’t seem to pop stitches while the twin needled hems do on occasion. I am now a fan. Thanks Amy!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 5, 2015

    I absolutely love viscose knit and your dress it beautiful!

    • Amanda S.
      November 5, 2015

      Thanks Sarah! So, how does it do going through the washer and/or dryer? I’m nervous about laundering it…

  • Fiona
    November 8, 2015

    You have such great taste when it comes to choosing patterns Amanda. They look classy and simple but actually have gorgeous and intricate details and construction. Lovely dress!

    • Amanda S.
      November 24, 2015

      Thanks so much Fiona!