Ralph Lauren Blue Polka Dot Party Dress

Mood Fabrics | RL Blue Polka Dot Silk Crepe | BHL Holly

Howdy Y’all! I hope everyone is having a good month so far.  I’ve always been partial to March because it’s my birthday month, and this year I’m turning 30! So I thought a little party dress was in order.  I’ve been undertaking a few complicated, or at least time-cosuming, projects as of late and was in need of a palate cleanser.  This dress was exactly that.  From cut to finished in two days flat – that’s about as ‘instant gratification’ as my sewing gets!

Mood Fabrics | RL Blue Polka Dot Silk Crepe | BHL HollyMood Fabrics | RL Blue Polka Dot Silk Crepe | BHL Holly

A few months ago I snatched up this Ralph Lauren Dark Blue Polka Dotted Silk Crepe from Mood Fabrics online with the intention of turning it into a sundress as soon as the weather warmed up.  As any fabric enthusiast knows, a good polka dot is hard to find! So when I spot one, I jump! And this is a good one.  The blue is one of my favorite shades to wear – a brilliant deep cobalt – and the scale of the polka dot is perfect.  Plus, silk crepe is one of my all-time favorite fabrics to sew with.  If you’ve ever been intimidated by silk, do yourself a favor and pick up some silk crepe de chine.  It has all the luxuriousness of silk with none of the finicky handling.

Mood Fabrics | RL Blue Polka Dot Silk Crepe | BHL Holly

This particular crepe is lightweight, but still opaque.  So opaque, in fact, that I chose to forgo a lining altogether! This is truly a ‘little slip of a dress’.  It’s practically weightless!

Mood Fabrics | RL Blue Polka Dot Silk Crepe | BHL HollyMood Fabrics | RL Blue Polka Dot Silk Crepe | BHL Holly

I wanted to pair this fabric with a pattern that would be simple, timeless, feminine, and flirty.  For the bodice I used By Hand London’s Holly jumpsuit bodice, variation 2. For the skirt I just used a half-circle skirt, my favorite of all the circle skirts.  I can’t speak for all the ladies out there, but I’m pretty sure circle-skirts are a one-way ticket to feeling womanly and subtly sexy.  The natural bias cut of circle skirts just skims and flatters the figure like no other. After letting the skirt hang overnight I hemmed this skirt at my preferred midi-length using a narrow folded hem.  Overall I think the look is classic, and slightly retro without being overt.

Mood Fabrics | RL Blue Polka Dot Silk Crepe | BHL HollyMood Fabrics | RL Blue Polka Dot Silk Crepe | BHL Holly

For such a fast sew, I actually did a surprising amount of hand stitching on this dress.  The entire neckline and all the bias-binding was slipstitched in place. I happen to really hate sewing bias-binding by machine, I can never get it to look neat! So this time I didn’t even attempt it, I just stitched the binding to the bodice right sides together, then folded over and slipstitched to the wrong side, including the straps.  I actually really love how it turned out!

And speaking of those straps – the original Holly bodice has a regular spaghetti strap, attached at the back bodice.  I had intended to do this, but when I put the dress on for the first time to do a test fit I just quickly tied them around my neck to keep them out of the way.  I ended up really loving the way the neckline looked as a halter so I decided to keep it like that. I can always tack them down later if I change my mind.

Mood Fabrics | RL Blue Polka Dot Silk Crepe | BHL Holly

And there you have it! A couple hours at the sewing machine and I have a fun new dress to ring in a new decade! It’s a birthday present to myself!

What do you turn to for ‘instant gratification’ sewing?

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  • Amanda S.
    March 24, 2015

    Fun and flirty! It’s a great little dress. I snagged some of this fabric too. The color is just gorgeous!

    • sallie
      March 24, 2015

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Angela
    March 24, 2015

    Oh, love it the dress! I used the link to the fabric, now I’m wanting it… the struggle between telling myself my stash is already too big but I want!

    • sallie
      March 24, 2015

      Oh you know I’m just going to be a shameless fabric enabler!

  • Lauren
    March 24, 2015

    GIRL. I totally bought that same fabric (for all the reasons you listed, plus, I like that it has my name in the description hahahaha) but I haven’t yet figured out what to make with it. May or may not shamelessly copy you. That cowl+fabric is like the dream combination right there.

    • sallie
      March 24, 2015

      Do it! Do it! I LOVE it! The cowl is super dreamy.

  • Rachel
    March 24, 2015

    That is stunnning! Your style miss SallieOh! Is Fabulous.. 🙂

    • Sallieoh
      March 24, 2015

      Oh thank you Rachel! What a sweet comment!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    March 24, 2015

    Just gorgeous! I was just about to order this for my next Mood make LOL – I’ll have to have a rethink!

    • Sallieoh
      March 24, 2015

      You should order it anyway! It’s a great fabric, and I always love seeing what people do with the same materials – everyone’s take is so different!

  • Male Pattern Boldness
    March 24, 2015

    Lovely and classic and it looks fantastic on you. Happy Birthday!

  • Amy
    March 24, 2015

    Silk crepe de chine is wonderful, and that blue is stunning! Funny how many others above said they also have this fabric in their stash. Maybe I should join in on the fun?! Hahaha! Enjoy your birthday! I’ve quite enjoyed my 30s so far!

  • Cennetta
    March 25, 2015

    Lovely dress on a very beautiful lady. The silk crepe is gorgeous. I would love a few yards too. Happy Birthday Sallie.

  • Lori
    March 25, 2015

    This is so pretty on you and I love the halter option. Happy Birthday, Sallie.

  • Fiona
    April 1, 2015

    This is so fun and chic at the same time Sallie! That blue is just stunning on you!