Saint James Ponte Dress and Long Cardigan

Mood Fabrics' Saint James stripe ponte knit for Butterick 6207 dress

 

Spring is in the air and a cute dress is a much needed item for me.  I wanted a dress that would be a good transition piece and fun to wear.  Enter Mood Fabrics’ Navy/Ecru Saint James Ponte Knit, an amazing knit, probably one of the nicest knits I have ever sewn.  I am sorry to say it is sold out in the navy/ecru colorway but  no fear there are several other option: red/navy, ecru/gray, navy/kelly. or take a look at all the color choices

 

Mood Fabrics' Saint James stripe ponte knit for Butterick 6207 dress

 

My pattern for this fabulous knit, Butterick 6207,  which has raglan sleeves, neckband, shaped hem and a fun sleeve detail.  Some changes for this pattern, I eliminated the high-low hemline, the wrong side of the fabric shows on the back longer length and this knit definitely has a wrong size.  I did peg the hemline, add quite a bit of shaping to the middle of the dress and taper the sleeves for a closer fit.  An additional one inch was added to sleeve length, I like my sleeves to hit low on my wrists.

Mood Fabrics' Saint James stripe ponte knit for Butterick 6207 dress

 

Mood Fabrics' Saint James stripe ponte knit for Butterick 6207 dress

 

 

I do like to cut my neckline on the bias when using a stripe knit, I feel it just gives another element of interest.  The upper sleeve is cut just a few degrees off straight of grain and then is matched to the lower sleeve in an angle.  I love the detail at the sleeve, which was the hardest part of this dress.  I marked the dot carefully, added some staystitching, clipped to the dot and the sewing of the two pieces was exact.

Mood Fabrics' Saint James stripe ponte knit for Butterick 6207 dress sleeve detail

 

A combination of this amazing fabric and fun pattern, make for a great dress, which I feel so good wearing

Mood Fabrics' Saint James stripe ponte knit for Butterick 6207 dress

Now I mentioned wearing this as a transition piece and a long cardigan came to mind.  A sweater knit was needed for this look, Mood Fabrics’ Moonbeam Cotton-Rayon Sweater Knit seemed like a perfect choice and a great color for many seasons.  A simple cardigan was the idea I wanted and went with Burda 7580 for the look.  The only change I made was to add six inches to the cardigan.  My idea was to wear this cardigan with this stripe dress but I think the proportions are off, the cardigan needs to be longer or shorter to wear with the dress.  As you can see, it is the same length. What do you think?

Mood Fabrics' cotton rayon sweater knit made into a long cardigan using Burda 7580 with Saint James stripe ponte knit for Butterick 6207 dress

 

So a new plan for the cardigan, flare jeans, Frye boots, cute top and fun necklace.  Now that is a look I like

Mood Fabrics' cotton rayon sweater knit made into a long cardigan using Burda 7580

 

I did have a grey rayon jersey which I used for the facing to help reduce the bulk and makes for a nice look on the inside.  After all,with a long loose cardigan, you are going to see the inside.

Mood Fabrics' cotton rayon sweater knit made into a long cardigan using Burda 7580

 

I did construct the entire cardigan using my serger and coverstitch machine with particular attention to the differential feed to keep the layers nice and smooth   Several test seams were require to get  the settings just right and eliminate any stretching or puckering in the seams.

Back view of the cardigan, the bump is the pocket flaps on my jeans!

Mood Fabrics' cotton rayon sweater knit made into a long cardigan using Burda 7580

 

My initial plan might not have worked out but I am very pleased with my two new garments.  These will work perfectly as the Missouri weather bounces from 30 to 70 degrees for the next few weeks.

Mood Fabrics' cotton rayon sweater knit made into a long cardigan using Burda 7580.

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Comments


  • sallie
    February 23, 2016

    two cute pieces, Lori! Definitely have great layering potential for the finicky spring weather! Awesome job!

    • Lori
      February 25, 2016

      Thanks, Sallie, with our unpredictable weather, these two garments will be nice to have for spring.

  • Fiona
    February 23, 2016

    Perfect use for both of these fabrics! Such a cute classic dress, I’d be wearing it to death if I owned it. Especially love that detail at the elbow

    • Lori
      February 25, 2016

      Thanks, Fiona, both fabrics are wonderful.

  • Amy
    February 23, 2016

    What a cute dress Lori! Such interesting sleeves. Cute cardigan, too. We always seem to think alike, and I have to agree that I like long cardigans better with pants. This past month I was sewing a dress to pair with the brown cardigan that I posted, but I got a little frustrated with a decision I’d made about the border-print pattern placement on the dress, and then I realized that I probably wouldn’t actually wear the two together in real life anyway, so I put the dress aside for another time. Anyway, I hope these two get a lot of wear this season. You look great in them!

    • Lori
      February 25, 2016

      Thanks, Amy, isn’t if funny how sometimes the idea in our head just doesn’t work out.

  • Beth Conkwright
    February 24, 2016

    Like both pieces. That dress looks great on you.

    • Lori
      February 25, 2016

      Thank you, Beth, the dress sure is one of those feel-good pieces.

  • PsychicKathleen
    February 29, 2016

    I love your dress and cardigan. I’ve been playing around lately with the idea of a dress length cardigan and you’ve inspired me – the material suits this length of cardigan perfectly. It needs drape but not so much that it becomes clingy and shapeless! Beautiful job you’ve done with both. The dress is lovely :)

    • Lori
      March 7, 2016

      Thank you, Kathleen, the proportions seem important.

  • Sarah Gunn
    February 29, 2016

    There is nothing like a black and white knit to wear during the spring and summer! I was in Charlotte over the weekend and noticed these transparent sweaters everywhere. You’re definitely on trend :)

    • Lori
      March 7, 2016

      Thanks, Sarah, I really love the long cardigans and this one will be fun to wear.

  • Peter
    March 1, 2016

    Love these separates and the cool sleeves on the dress really give it an interesting twist. Great photos, btw!

    • Lori
      March 7, 2016

      Isn’t the sleeves fun? Thanks, Peter.