‘Puzzled’ Blue and Gold Silk Jersey Dress

After my Purple Friday dress, it feels great to be a in a bold and graphic print!

Silk Jersey Dress

But, let me tell you. This was the slowest silk sewing, evah. Let me splain.

Silk Jersey Dress

This is my second time sewing with silk jersey. I first saw this fabric in store at Mood Fabrics back in August. I loved the blue and gold because they are my sorority colors and I knew I could get some good wear out of it during chapter and regional meetings. Since the silk was 45″ wide, I bought five yards at $25 a yard.

Silk Jersey Dress

This Prairie NY silk jersey presented some new challenges for me. My serger just wanted to eat this material. I tried both stretch and ball point needles and my overlocker was having none of it. My sewing machine was punching holes through the jersey using both stretch and ball needles. I wanted to cry. I think I may have. I posted on Facebook and had some superhelpful responses. I went out and bought microtex and titanium needles. Both sewed through the silk like a knife through butter. It’s my first time experiencing this. But, again, only my second time with silk jersey.

Silk Jersey Dress

I did a lot of handtacking of the collar to keep it in place. In a similar dress to this from Burda, there is interfacing throughout the facing and collar. I think this is what I would do next time. I don’t like the limp feeling of the drape.

Silk Jersey Dress

I took two inches off the hem and decided not to ‘finish’ the hem. I made my usual alterations of a slight FBA and a big swayback adjustment. I sewed a 12 and the fit seems to be good. I am very self conscious about my saddlebags, so a slip in this dress was a must. Silk Jersey Dress

The print is pretty bold. And, for a hot second I thought about trying to match the motif. But, decided not to bother.

Silk Jersey Dress

There is some mirroring on the upper back. Trust me, I can live with it.

Silk Jersey Dress

The skirt could probably be cut on the fold, but for my swayback adjustment purposes, I’m fine with a center back seam.

If you see my cuffs, they are folded under toward the inside. On PatternReview.com I read some people took length out of the sleeves.

Silk Jersey Dress

I thought the length was fine, but the cuff a wide for my taste. So, I’m folding it back.

Silk Jersey Dress

Overall, I’m thrilled. This dress is *so* me. It’s body conscious without being tacky, the bold print, the shape of the skirt, the full sleeves. The silk. Man, the silk. I want to have a work week of silk jersey dresses. It’s so luxe. I love that I’m wearing a dress that would start at retail around $300. Absolutely worth the investment.

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Comments


  • Gail Ann Thompson
    November 5, 2012

    The dress is just outstanding! Brilliant!!

    • Peggy Leven
      November 5, 2012

      Beautiful!!!
      I love wrap dresses! I have my original DVF wrap dress pattern from the 70’s. Too bad it doesn’t fit!

      • Peggy Leven
        November 5, 2012

        I think it’s beautiful on your figure. I love the fact that Michelle Obama has brought back the belt for us girls of curves!!!

      • Cidell
        November 7, 2012

        Thank you! I’d love to see a comparison of the original pattern and the ones that come out now. The nice thing about this is it’s more of a ‘mock’. So, less material needed!

  • Lynn
    November 5, 2012

    Saddle bags?!? Dahling you look svelte and STUNNING! Thank you for sharing, I’m a newbie seamstress (and recovering DVF addict) and can’t wait to work my way up to silk jersey! 🙂

    • Cidell
      November 7, 2012

      Thank you, Lynn! I really do have them though 🙂 The dress print is great for breaking up the body.

      • oonaballoona
        November 7, 2012

        seriously. saddlebags? whatever. i roll my eyes at you, virtually and literally, and i love your dress.

  • Betty
    November 5, 2012

    Beautiful! Love the pattern you chose and love the fabric. Wish I had the guts to sew with $25 a yard fabric! So afraid of screwing it up!

    • Cidell
      November 7, 2012

      It was scary! But, totally worth it 🙂

  • Angie
    November 5, 2012

    You look maaaahvelous! Fantastic. Thank for the tip on the needles.

  • Jemgirlca
    November 5, 2012

    This is my favorite item I’ve seen you in! It’s amazing!! The pattern and fabric combination is perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Teresa Kennard
    November 5, 2012

    That dress is you. Beautifully done!

  • Amanda S.
    November 5, 2012

    Drool! That fabric! Sorry you had troubles but it turned out gorgeous. I really need to start sewing with silk jersey, but all I seem to do is pet it.

  • Janine Whisler
    November 5, 2012

    Oooh, an amazing pattern & fabric. Love the dress it looks great on you!

  • Carolyn
    November 5, 2012

    I think the pattern matching is just fine…and you look fabulous in this!

  • Nancy K
    November 5, 2012

    Exactly, what saddlebags? it’s a very flattering, slimming dress in beautiful colors for you. Really stunning Renee.

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 5, 2012

    Simply smashing! The fit is spot on and the fabric is perky and perfect for the office. Love this!!

  • Mary
    November 6, 2012

    Fabulous. I was thinking of trying this pattern. Now I definitely will. Thanks for posting!

  • Cissie
    November 6, 2012

    Gorgeous dress, Celie. The print is perfect on you!

  • Melinda G
    November 6, 2012

    Wow, this dress is stunning on you. The neckline looks great, it does not look like it needs interfacing. I think slips are a good idea with slinky fabrics anyway, the fabric flows better over the body. How much of those 5 yds did you use? Which pattern company and # is this?

    • Cidell
      November 7, 2012

      Hi Melinda,

      It’s Vogue 8825. I used all but maybe 1/2 yard. But, becauase of the layout, it was very ‘scrappy’ pieces left behind.

  • Marina
    November 9, 2012

    I love this dress and it suits you so well! It was a very welcome image during the storm week – thanks 🙂

  • Laura Casey
    November 9, 2012

    Brilliant construction, and very flattering-1/2 yd. left? Sounds like an infinity scarf to me. Silk jersey, 4-ply silk, makes my heart pound and sing all at the same time. Keep up the good work.
    Laura

    • Cidell
      November 13, 2012

      I haven’t tried four ply silk yet. But, it’s on my list!

  • Jeanette Cogdell
    November 9, 2012

    Beautiful dress Cidell. It really shows off your figure.

  • Denise Montague
    November 9, 2012

    This dress is very flattering. It’s a Great name for the project too.

  • Carol
    November 10, 2012

    I was led to you from pintrest. Beautiful dress. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any sewing for clothing (I’m more of a quilter), but this dress really makes me want to try. Maybe with a less expensive fabric to start with? Anyways, great job, you look beautiful in it.

  • Ceeayche
    November 11, 2012

    Beautiful. The dress is very flattering, and if there IS a saddle back there somewhere (I’m with those who doubt it), you have done a masterful job of altering this pattern to suit your shape! Work it!

  • Amy
    November 13, 2012

    Gorgeous! I want that pattern! And that silk jersey!

  • Ginger
    November 13, 2012

    This is gorgeous, Cidell! It suits you perfectly! Such a great shape and a fun print! I’m so glad you were able to sort out your problems– what a great learning experience!