Saint James Knit

Knowing I can sew a garment for a tiny fraction of the retail price simply thrills me, and is one of the reasons I continue to sew.


I knew I could make the $200 Saint James Toledo striped dress I saw in a boutique in Charlotte,Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 2.43.22 PMbut I didn’t know that Mood Fabrics stocked Saint James knits ~ the very same fabrics!

Upon finding Burda 6722, I knew it was meant to be.


Mood offers the Saint James ponte knits in several colors, and I chose the white background with black stripes.

Saint James-001

I rarely sew Burda patterns (no reason in particular) but that needs to change for their fit is always spot on! I made no pattern alterations other than shortening the bodice along the adjustment lines.

IMG_0017Loaded with body and a terrific drape, the fabric works well for a shapely garment and has great recovery.

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Stripes are so much fun to work with! I couldn’t end this project without having a little fun, and echoed the vertical stripes in the shoulder with a small vertical striped border on the hem. IMG_0011

(more on border construction tomorrow on the blog)

Since I was unable to make a muslin for this dress, all seams were first basted before stitching and finished in the serger.

So if you’re in need of an instant gratification project with a RTW result, look no further than this wonderful ponte knit!

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  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    April 2, 2017

    Beautiful dress! I agree that you can sew your own less expensively – people will argue differently on some items I know. But it really depends on what you’re comparing – well made garments constructed with good quality fabric and materials are expensive to buy in high end shops and that’s what I love always about your posts! You are so good at highlighting this and making us all feel so GOOD about sewing our own clothes 🙂
    PS I just watched a video by an Australian fellow who works for Mood on fabric – brilliant! I have their book which is excellent and you can order a swatch kit from them as well which is where I’m heading next!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      April 2, 2017

      Thank you, Kathleen! I’ll have to watch the video 🙂

  • Cherry
    April 2, 2017

    Love your dress, I will have to get some of that fabric.

    But I bought that dress, from Halsbrook, on sale. ( Still is, I think) It is not made from the ponte knit, but a thinner stretchy and supposedly sun-resistant fabric. I love that one too.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    April 2, 2017

    Thank you, Cherry! Have you seen Mood’s Saint James’ fabric? It too is thinner that what you might expect, but I doubt it has the sunscreen additive.
    I would have bought the dress had I not been able to sew it and know you must be enjoying yours!

  • Cherry
    April 2, 2017

    I will find out. I just ordered the navy/green stripe!
    I wouldn’t call my dress a ponte knit, it is much finer than the SJ striped shirt I also own, but perhaps I am wrong.
    Thanks for the Mood tip. I just visited the store again this week, but was overwhelmed by a large posse of fashion students doing their swatching , and walked out with nothing.
    PS loved their April Fool email!

  • Connie Turner
    April 3, 2017

    Your dress is better than the St. James dress. The finish at the hem takes it up to the next level.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      April 4, 2017

      Thank you, Connie! I only decided to add the vertical stripe band at the final fitting 😉

  • Karen
    April 4, 2017

    This is a really cute dress – much better than the RTW with the added hem detail and you got the perfect fit. I just received your Tunic Bible book for my b-day and it’s great!

  • Goodbye Valentino
    April 4, 2017

    Happy Birthday, Karen! Many thanks for your comment and I hope you enjoy The Tunic Bible 🙂

  • Wendy
    April 4, 2017

    Love, love, love your dress! It looks beautiful on you and perfect fit. Which size did you sew in the pattern? Wondering how the fit is on the pattern. Did you just shorten the sleeve to the length you want? Great job and great fabric. I actually have this fabric in the reverse color from mood in my stash. Love it on you! THX

  • Goodbye Valentino
    April 6, 2017

    Thank you so much Wendy! I cut out a 10 which worked well for a close fit. I did shorten the sleeve to my desired length. The dress runs short, but because I am short the length was fine.
    Good luck and have fun with your fabric!