Neoprene Jersey and Mesh Sheath Dress!

McCall's Pattern 7085 - Neoprene & Mesh Sheath Dress - Erica B.'s DIY Style!  All fabric from Mood Fabrics.com

I’ve been obsessing over neoprene fabric for a while now.  And it seems like the more obsessive I became, the better the fabric is now.  Neoprene isn’t as thick and stiff as it was a few years ago.  These new and improved lighter weight “neoprene-like” fabrics are a dream to sew with and perfect for structured garments.  Which is why I picked this black/ivory abstract neoprene jersey.  Talk about hard to get!  I stalked this fabric for weeks.  It sold out and all of a sudden it was back!

McCall's Pattern 7085 - Neoprene & Mesh Sheath Dress - Erica B.'s DIY Style!  All fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
I knew it would be the perfect fabric for this dress.  See, it all started back with this one:
I tried this Elie Tahari dress on in a fitting room and fell completely in love with it.  But the $428 price tag made me weep.  I examined the dress inside and out and immediately made up my mind that I would be making my own version.  And I was pleased as punch when my neoprene jersey arrived because it was exactly the same type of fabric as my inspiration dress!
McCall's Pattern 7085 - Neoprene & Mesh Sheath Dress - Erica B.'s DIY Style!  All fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
For my pattern, I chose McCall’s 7085.  This pattern was perfect, down to every single dart!  I used view A, which is just two pieces — the front and back.
McCall's Pattern 7085 - Neoprene & Mesh Sheath Dress - Erica B.'s DIY Style!  All fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
I cut the size 12.  Since my garment is not hemmed, I only had to add 2 inches to the length.  
Lapped Darts on McCall's Pattern 7085 - Neoprene & Mesh Sheath Dress - Erica B.'s DIY Style!  All fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
All of the darts are sewn lapped.  And the side seams are also lapped.  This is a new-to-me detail that I snatched from my inspiration garment.  I guess I very rarely make anything that uses fabric that doesn’t ravel and doesn’t require additional measures for seam finishing.  It looks simple, but it took a lot of meticulous effort to achieve this effortless look.
McCall's Pattern 7085 - Neoprene & Mesh Sheath Dress - Erica B.'s DIY Style!  All fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
The body of the dress is basically cut as a one-shoulder style, topped with this Italian Black Diamond Nylon Mesh Netting.  This was my first time working with mesh and I didn’t know what to expect.  This mesh was not as coarse as the mesh on the inspiration dress, but it still turned out well.   I’ve never done any type of applique sewing.  Again, a new step for me.  But I think it turned out well.
McCall's Pattern 7085 - Neoprene & Mesh Sheath Dress - Erica B.'s DIY Style!  All fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
I finished the neckline with a satin 1/4″ double fold seam binding.  And just did a rolled hem for the armhole.  The first time I tried it, I bound the armhole too.  Since the other armhole is the unfinished neoprene jersey, there was a noticeable difference to me.  It didn’t feel right.  So the rolled hem added an unfinished feel to that side.
McCall's Pattern 7085 - Neoprene & Mesh Sheath Dress - Erica B.'s DIY Style!  All fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
Mesh is very unforgiving if you make an error.  If you try to pick a stitch loose?  Good luck with that.  I butchered the mesh the first go round and had to remove it and do it over.  Not fun removing zig zag stitches from neoprene jersey either.  But I must take a moment and pat myself on the back and dust the dirt off my shoulder for matching that print down the back!
McCall's Pattern 7085 - Neoprene & Mesh Sheath Dress - Erica B.'s DIY Style!  All fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
The mesh is also added to the bottom in an asymmetrical cutout way.  And the hemline is left unfinished.  This was a fun dress to make.  It did take a little longer than I anticipated.  But it allowed me to release some pent-up creative energy that I had unfortunately been repressing for a while!
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Comments


  • oonaballoona
    April 24, 2015

    HOLY COW ERICA!!!!!!!

  • Levone
    April 24, 2015

    This is beautiful, love it!

  • Manju
    April 24, 2015

    Absolutely stunning erica! You and the dress.

  • Mary Beth
    April 24, 2015

    Oh that it is hotcha. You’re not the only sewer out there that doesn’t like unfinished edges even though they’re everywhere in RTW. Congrats on a great dress, and patiently for that fabric to restock! Now it’s gone again….

    • Erica B's DIY Style
      April 24, 2015

      You’re right about that Mary Beth. They are most definitely everywhere. If it doesn’t fray, they don’t hem! LOL Thanks!

  • alexa
    April 24, 2015

    holy crap. this dress is GORGEOUS and you look show-stopping in it. I’m truly in awe of your gumption, creativity, and skills!!

  • Cynthia
    April 24, 2015

    Gorgeous!

  • JJ
    April 24, 2015

    And this is why sewing is so wonderful! You now have your own perfect look alike dress (even better IMO!), at a price that doesn’t induce tears. :o)

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

  • DebB
    April 24, 2015

    BAM! Take that RTW/Designer prices! Awesome job, Erica.

  • Linda L
    April 24, 2015

    Wowza! Another great garment! This is really stunning!

  • katie
    April 25, 2015

    Stunning! It’s even better than the original! Beautiful work.

  • Keeks
    April 25, 2015

    This dress is absolutely fantastic!

  • Marilyn Benson
    April 25, 2015

    I like this much better than the original. Beautiful work!

    • Erica B.
      April 26, 2015

      Thanks Marilyn!

  • Bella
    April 25, 2015

    Wow, gorgeous! Your version is a showstopper. I also much prefer it to the original!

  • Fiona
    April 26, 2015

    Such a great dress! Love those lapped seam details! I like yours more than the original!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 26, 2015

    You are a rock star and this dress looks way more expensive than $428 !

  • Cennetta
    April 26, 2015

    That’s a sexy little number. You wear it well. Two snaps up!

  • Erica B.
    April 26, 2015

    Thanks Cennetta!

  • Ginger Makes
    April 27, 2015

    Super cool!!! I’ve just tried neoprene for the first time and man, it’s fun to sew with! This looks awesome!

    • Erica B.
      April 27, 2015

      It is fun! Thanks Ginger!

  • Lori
    April 27, 2015

    amazing, amazing, you look fabulous!

  • Peter
    April 28, 2015

    A knock-out dress, Erica. I love that you can see something in RTW and re-create it on your own with such fantastic results. Great job!

  • Sew Well
    April 30, 2015

    Stunning! Just stunning! And, that zipper insertion – bravo!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    May 3, 2015

    WOW. Now that is an inspired make. I love the mesh and was rather impressed by the fact you sewed a zip into it as well!

  • Md Razaul Karim
    May 19, 2015

    Fantastic dress ! The lady is looking beautiful with the dress. Thanks……..