Rayon Jersey Print Wrap Dress

Greetings from Botany Bay, one of South Carolina’s barrier islands featuring a hauntingly beautiful boneyard beach.

jersey wrap dress Mood Fabrics

I’ve made my first See & Sew pattern in this fun Lycra/rayon jersey print from Mood Fabrics.

I’ve said I’ll never buy another wrap dress. I’ll never buy another faux wrap dress either.

jersey wrap dress Mood Fabrics

I considered sewing my jersey with Vogue 1314 for some time. I even went as far as to lay out the pattern and fabric, but the practicality of the Butterick 5873 won out over high fashion ;)

Is there a better pattern – fabric combination for everyday wear? No wrinkles, no wardrobe malfunctions on windy days and the comfort level is sky-high.

I was quite excited to sew a really easy pattern, but who am I kidding? I seem to have a knack for making simple patterns more difficult than intended.

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Justifying that a little extra t-l-c is always worth the end result, I underlined the fashion fabric with a very lightweight tricot knit from my stash.

For the front, I sewed the right sides together at the neckline and turned the fabric. Using this method I avoided sewing a narrow hem finish along the front of the dress. Then I basted the underling to the side seams and sewed as one piece. For the back I sewed the two back pieces together down the center seam and basted the two fabrics wrong sides together.

jersey wrap dress Mood Fabrics

Since the dress is very close-fitting and does not have a waistline seam, the underlining provides just enough weight to keep the dress hanging nicely, and keeping it from clinging to all of the wrong places.

jersey wrap dress Mood Fabrics

Some may understandably consider my latest to be a summer dress. I thought about adding the longer sleeves for about five minutes before concluding that the cap sleeves are more my style … any dress with sleeves fits the bill for fall in my book!

It’s also perfect with my new fall shoes………

jersey wrap dress Mood Fabricsbut I’m most likely to wear it with sandals for the next 11 days as I bid farewell to my favorite season of the year.

jersey wrap dress Mood Fabrics

Until soon!

 

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Comments


  • Lori
    September 10, 2013

    Very pretty dress and it looks great on you. I like the idea of the underlining and the way you used it to finish the front seams. I totally agree with you, summer is the best. Enjoy your time at the beach and the remaining days of summer.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thank you, Lori! The underling made a huge difference and I will use it again. My vacation was eventful….. more on the blog tomorrow :)

  • Amanda S.
    September 10, 2013

    This is the perfect silhouette for you! I love the tricot underlining idea. That would be perfect for bamboo jerseys too, which are always clinging to areas that don’t need cling.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thank you, Amanda! You are so right about using the tricot for bamboo jersey – great suggestion!

  • Ginger
    September 10, 2013

    This is so beautiful! As usual, you’ve nailed an impeccable fit! I have never lined a knit, but I think I will going forward– this hangs so nicely! Love the photos, too.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thanks Ginger! The only knit I’ve ever lined was the Missoni knit since it was a crochet. I love this lightweight lining and plan to buy several yards just to have on hand :)

  • Lauren
    September 10, 2013

    Really beautiful! I actually have a piece of knit fabric that I want to sew into a wrap dress, but it’s on the sheer side and I wasn’t sure how I would handle that. Underlining with a lightweight tricot is a fabulous idea and I’m totally doing that.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thanks, Lauren! Look forward to seeing your knit wrap – you’ll love the tricot lining :)

  • Teddi
    September 10, 2013

    I love your dress! The fabric, design, and fit are an excellent combination.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thank you so much, Teddi!

  • Michelle
    September 10, 2013

    I love this dress! I have a pattern similar in style to the dress you sewed; I’ve been wanting to sew it for a long time, but I was unsure whether I’d like it on the body. Your version is outstanding! The fabric was a really great choice and is really flattering.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thank you, Michelle! I will make this one again and find it to be a well drafted pattern! I just realized in looking over the sketch that I left out the zipper and haven’t missed it :)

  • kath
    September 10, 2013

    This looks exactly like McCall’s 6163 that is in my stash, I think I’ll make it and follow your directions for lining it. Your dress looks and fits fabulously!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thank you so much, Kath!

  • Pam
    September 10, 2013

    Fantastic dress — I’ve never liked wraps. Too much adjusting during the day. But you’re right — this is the perfect pattern and the color is smashing on you!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thank you, Pam! You’ll love this one :)

  • Carolyn
    September 10, 2013

    Beautiful fabric/pattern combination…and your background is perfect for this dress! Lovely!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn! I love this little gem of a beach :)

  • Amy
    September 10, 2013

    Until the solstice it’s still summer in my book! I just love this wrap dress, and I have plans for a similar pattern sometime over the next year. (Too many patterns, too many plans right now!) I hope mine will look as pulled together as yours. Also, thanks for the tip on how to treat the neckline when using an underlining. I think I’ll use a similar strategy on the garment that I just started cutting out!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thank you, Amy! I bet the summer sunsets are special in Seattle :) Look forward to your upcoming project!

  • Erica B.
    September 10, 2013

    That’s a great dress! I’ve had this pattern in my collection for a while. The colors look beautiful on the beach!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      Thanks, Erica! You could rock this pattern :)

  • ME Pendleton
    September 10, 2013

    Is the tricot knit an actual lining fabric ? Or ? I’m not familiar with this but would like to try this technique

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 10, 2013

      I believe this is the fabric used to line some swimsuits or active wear. I bought it some time ago in a warehouse type of fabric store and it was near the spandex. :)

  • Julie Starr
    September 10, 2013

    What a clever idea to use the tricot as a lining for the neckline purpose and then treat it as underlining for the remainder of construction. I’m going to remember that one! Beautiful backdrop for this lovely dress, Sarah. The colors are so nice on you. Oh…and the shoes are pretty fabulous, too!

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 11, 2013

    Thanks, Julie! I promise I didn’t make the dress to go with the shoes ;)

  • Diana
    September 11, 2013

    Oh another gorgeous dress! I love this one. That is a great pattern. I must have it!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 12, 2013

      You must have it! Nice and easy :)

  • dara
    September 12, 2013

    This is so beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing. Happy sewing!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 12, 2013

      Thank you for your comment, Dara!

  • oonaballoona
    September 13, 2013

    i think it works beautifully for both seasons… and you were in my head yesterday as i thought about adding cap sleeves to a summer dress :)

  • Kay
    September 13, 2013

    It is so pretty! I love the fabric and it looks great on you.

  • Rene
    September 13, 2013

    Absolutely FABULOUS work-and the perfect site for the ‘photo shoot’!.
    YOUR dress should have been picked by Belk instead of that ridiculous mess on Project Runway…you ARE the ‘modern Southern woman!’

  • ThisisCarrie
    September 14, 2013

    Great fit. And it can easily transition to fall with a leather jacket to layer on top!