Ralph Lauren Houndstooth Wool Sheath Dress

You Ain’t Nothing but a Houndstooth
wool houndstooth dress
Crying for accessories 🙂

I made the dress for football games since both of the college teams my family pulls for are black and something. I finished it yesterday and their football seasons are almost over – something tells me it’s not going to make it to a game this year.

So…….How about lunch with the girlswool houndstooth dress dinner with my hubby…. wool houndstooth dressor the annual “Twas Two Nights” family holiday get together? wool houndstooth dress

I have seen houndstooth dresses e v e r y w h e r e this fall and couldn’t resist this Ralph Lauren wool from Mood Fabrics. It’s very soft with z e r o itch factor.

wool houndstooth dress
Several features of this McCall”s classic dress pattern 5927 appealed to me. With a separate bodice and skirt, I knew the alterations would be more precise than a one piece sheath, I really liked the pockets, and the pattern uses less than two yards of fabric.

The dress is fully lined and heavy. Originally I made View E, but once I tried on my dress with the basted long sleeves I quickly knew it was only suitable for subfreezing temperatures.

UGH..wool houndstooth dressWhat had been my first ever perfect sewing project now had an issue.

I managed to finish the now sleeveless dress by turning in the seam allowances and whip stitching the lining to the wool. wool houndstooth dressIt was one more learning experience, but hopefully I’m one step closer to that perfectly sewn garment……… and please don’t tell me it doesn’t exist!

wool houndstooth dressSo here I am in nothing but a houndstooth ready to take on most any accessory … except maybe some blue suede shoes ;)

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends and best wishes to my international friends for a wonderful weekend!

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Comments


  • Sharon Fields
    November 23, 2012

    Lovely work! Perfect is when you adapt to a necessary change. Did you not have enough fabric to make a facing tape? You can use the discarded long sleeves to make a cute little broochy thing to pin on your sweater. Off to my own studio now. Have a lovely weekend!

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 23, 2012

      Thank you, Sharon! I considered making facing tape out of the fabric but I felt tit was too heavy,The sleeveless instructions sew the armholes right side to ride side and turning for a nice finish. Great idea for the brooch and I will give it a try!

  • Cidell
    November 23, 2012

    Gah. This is how I need to work. On items that can be accessorized and glammed up or down. Love love love houndstooth too!

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 23, 2012

      Many thanks, Cidell! I never dreamed it would be quite this versatile. I made myself NOT wear it yesterday 🙂

  • oonaballoona
    November 23, 2012

    WOW sarah. i love how the bodice darts play with that houndstooth. and your pictures… they are so sharp… le new camera??? (she said, sheepishly.)

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 23, 2012

      Thanks, Ooona! Look forward to making the pattern again. The camera you ask? No new one yet…….. these pics were shot with the remaining cheapie we have, BUT we are seriously looking 🙂

  • Melinda G
    November 23, 2012

    Hmm… Turning in sleeve allowances and whip stitching the lining to the wool. Isn’t that a couture technique? Why wouldn’t that make your project “perfectly sewn”? When you bought clothes, wouldn’t you have paid MORE for that detail and workmanship? I think your dress is gorgeous on you! Congratulations on a perfectly sewn garmet – well, it turned out that way in the end!

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 24, 2012

      Hi Melinda! I love the dress too but it was difficult turning in the sleeve allowances after the sides were sewn. They are not completely even and they would have been had I planned a sleeveless dress. Thank you for your comment!

  • Erica B
    November 23, 2012

    That is such a classic dress that you’ll have for years to come. I love all of the ways you’ve styled it.

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 24, 2012

      Thank you, Erica! It’s already a favorite. 🙂

  • Nicole
    November 23, 2012

    I have some houndstooth wool – you’ve inspired me 🙂

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 24, 2012

      Great! Can’t wait to see what you make 🙂

  • Katerina
    November 23, 2012

    All the views are pretty, but as always, Goodbye Valentino looks fabulous in RED.

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 24, 2012

      ahh…….. thank you, Katerina! I haven’t worn solid red since last winter!

  • Carolyn
    November 23, 2012

    I love houndstooth. And I love this dress made up in houndstooth…a classic fabric + a classic shape = an awesome dress!

  • Amanda S.
    November 24, 2012

    What a fun and versatile dress you’ve made! I love houndstooth as well, but oddly have none in my wardrobe…

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 25, 2012

      Thank you, Amanda! Funny you should mention having no houndstooth. Through the years I’ve always had a houndstooth garment of some sort, but not recently and I was craving a houndstooth s o m e t h i n g !

  • Ginger
    November 24, 2012

    Gorgeous! What a chic, classic dress! It’s so versatile, but not boring at all! Perfect!

    • Sarah Gunn
      November 25, 2012

      Many thanks, Ginger! …….. and I was slightly scared of it being boring in the beginning. I’m loving the dress 🙂

  • Amy
    November 26, 2012

    Gorgeous! You’ve really brought out the best in such a classic look. And, great save!

  • Jan
    December 4, 2012

    I love the dress and all the accesories, particularly the dinner with hubby jacket.