Neoprene Delight!

How’s this for a One Yard Wonder?

IMG_0078It’s true – I made this dress with one yard of Mood Fabric’sΒ Watercolor Clouds Digitally Printed Stretch Neoprene.Β There’s more where this came from too. Check it out here. I want the one with the lipsΒ if some cool blogger like Oonaballoona or Sallieoh doesn’t beat me to it πŸ˜‰

Seriously, this is the best knit fabric ever……

IMG_0001It’s perfect for a fitted dress. I’m not even sure this is my shape, but it’s the shape of my pattern and the neoprene follows orders beautifully!

My pattern is Vogue 9047, another wonderful discovery with its flattering raised waistline. Other than adjusting the length in the bodice I made zero fitting alterations, and best of all, this pattern is a blank canvas just waiting to come to life! I look forward to creating variations on this well-drafted beauty.

Since my fabric spoke volumes, I omitted the optional tabs seen in the sketch and kept it simple. The pattern requires lots of narrow hems and topstitching which went smoothly after I switched to a STRETCH needle.

IMG_0036Steam-a-Seam stabilized the curved edges in the neck and arms but the topstitching along the hem and along the upper bodice sewed easily on its own.

Two tips when sewing with neoprene: Keep a silk organza press cloth handy and use a smooth (as opposed to perforated) tracing wheel.

IMG_0047I simply love a dress that can transport me from one occasion to another!

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Fortunately this one can be dressed up or down and travels beautifully – never a wrinkle anywhere or anytime πŸ™‚
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Can you endure anymore of my gushing? Rest assured, it’s all sincere for I just adore this relatively new fabric dominating the RTW scene, and hope to sew with again many times.
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Until soon!

 

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Comments


  • Beth Briggs
    May 17, 2015

    I love this and am looking forward to working with neoprene for the first time! Thanks for the tips, you look beautiful in this dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 20, 2015

      Thanks, Beth! I think you’ll love working with this fabric πŸ™‚

  • Jane
    May 17, 2015

    What a fabulous dress! I think this may be the fabric for me to try. My 50+ bod is not flatterred by flmsy knits. My favorite skirt is a heavy knit. Not sure if it is ponte or not but it holds its shape nicely.

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 21, 2015

      Thank you, Jane! The neoprene is anything but flimsy – you’ll love it πŸ˜‰

  • Fiona
    May 17, 2015

    Beautiful! A simple shape like this is the perfect choice to showcase that lovely fabric. I really must try some neoprene now Mood is stocking such lovely designs!

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 21, 2015

      Thank you, Fiona! …. and there is a lot to chose from right now πŸ™‚

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 21, 2015

      Thank you, Fiona! …. and right now there is a lot to choose from πŸ™‚

  • ME Pendleton
    May 18, 2015

    This dress is so very pretty & has perked my curiosity for trying neprenene – thanks Sarah

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 25, 2015

      Thank you! You’ll love it πŸ˜‰

  • sallie
    May 18, 2015

    Woah!! This is awesome! I love the watercolor-y blue design on this, and the fit is really versatile, like you said. This screams “Summer Nights” to me. And you’re WAY further ahead of the neoprene curve than me – that fabric STILL scares me a bit (but you’re right – I do love that lips one!) but I’m loving seeing these lighter weight neoprenes get made up. Gorgeous!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      May 25, 2015

      Thank you, Sallie! You won’t be scared once you get your hands on it πŸ™‚

  • Sewphistic8ted
    May 18, 2015

    Beautiful dress! How does it feel to wear neoprene fabric? I only know this fabric from wetsuits as I’m a diver, and I was wondering if it is hot to wear? Did you line the dress? Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      May 25, 2015

      This neoprene feels nothing like a wetsuit. It’s breathable, soft and nice to wear πŸ™‚ Many thanks for the comment!

  • Lori
    May 18, 2015

    This is such a gorgeous dress, I love how it looks and the pattern is perfect. Fabulous job.

    • Sarah Gunn
      May 26, 2015

      Thank you, Lori! I think the two were made for each other πŸ™‚

  • Ginger
    May 18, 2015

    This looks so great on you! And isn’t it the best feeling when you can squeeze a garment out of a small amount of fabric??

  • Male Pattern Boldness
    May 18, 2015

    Great looking dress, Sarah! I think it may be time for me to jump on the neoprene bandwagon LOL!

  • Sew Well
    May 21, 2015

    I’m with Peter – I’ve been so curious about neoprene lately. I’ll have to order a swatch next time I get around to it since I just love this dress on you. Great job!

  • Sew Well
    May 21, 2015

    I’m with Peter – I’ve been so curious about neoprene lately, that this stunning dress has me thinking I just need to give it a try. Great job on a beautiful dress!

    • Sew Well
      May 21, 2015

      Ooops! I guess my first comment did go through! Double post… πŸ™‚