Shingled Jersey Dress

Recognize this pattern? I barely do myself, but it’s Vogue 8904 sewn in a solid color.

IMG_4521Generally, I envision my finished garment before beginning the project, but not so this time. Sewing is not usually like a box of chocolates, but……. I thought I was making a tiered t-shirt dress ……… to wear with flip-flops and Jack Rogers!

IMG_4785 Thank you, Mood for a great dress to wear just about anywhere except to the grocery store 🙂

Determined to familiarize myself with all knit fabrics, I ordered this navy cotton jersey after buying the Sewing with Knits Craftsy course. I was going to make a hoodie as part of the course… One might say I became sidetracked.

Vogue 8904 was one of my favorite 2013 sewing patterns, and I intended to make it again. Sewing my first version with a lightweight cotton jersey featuring extreme stretch from Mood resulted in a casual and easy-fitting summertime dress.

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The solid blue jersey offered much less stretch, which I didn’t take into consideration.

Hello……

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Thankfully, it all worked out but what a close call! Yes, I can breathe.

Following are a few of the construction details:

  • Originally I planned to make a long sleeved dress (View A)

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  • Since the dress is a double layer of fabric, which includes the base of the dress layered with the shingles, it became very heavy and too hot to wear for our moderate Spring weather. Therefore, I altered the long sleeves into capped sleeves borrowing a sleeve from another pattern.

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  • I sewed the smallest seam allowances possible and finished the seams with the serger.
  • I secured the neckline facing with a topstitch using a double needle rather than a single stitching line.
  • I followed Vogue’s instructions leaving all of the edges unfinished which I did not do the first time.

Fortunately, I like surprises even when they make me a little nervous……. but enough surprises with my coveted Mood fabrics! Time to finish that Craftsy course.

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Until soon 🙂

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Comments


  • Peter
    March 12, 2014

    Beautiful dress, Sarah. I love the navy on you!

  • Cennetta
    March 12, 2014

    Lovely dress. It’s so great to have those TNT patterns that you can turn to and always have great results.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 13, 2014

      Thanks, Cennetta! I’m not sure if this is TnT or not since it made up so differently this time. It is however a fun pattern to make!

  • Faye Lewis
    March 12, 2014

    BEAUTIFUL! Nuff said.

  • Lori
    March 12, 2014

    Very pretty, Sarah, I like it better with the short sleeves.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 13, 2014

      Thank you, Lori! It’s certainly more versatile with the long sleeves as well as more my style 🙂

  • Neeno - Sew Me Love
    March 12, 2014

    Wow this is a very elegant dress!!! Looking lovely.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 13, 2014

      It turned out far more elegant than I expected! Many thanks for the comment, Neeno 🙂

  • Jane
    March 13, 2014

    Both are fabulous! My daughter bought me a skirt with a heavier jersey and I really love it. I am itching to sew with it as I think it would work with my body type.

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 13, 2014

      Thank you, Jane! I enjoy sewing with the heavier jerseys as they are easier to handle and generally have a nice drape 🙂

  • Ginger
    March 13, 2014

    Wow! This is gorgeous! It really makes for a sophisticated dress, and it’s really a different look from your striped version! Absolutely lovely!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 13, 2014

      Thank you, Ginger! I didn’t see this one coming 😉

  • Cissie
    March 13, 2014

    Super version of this great pattern. I love the cap sleeve. I made the long sleeved version last fall and you are so right about it being really heavy!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 13, 2014

      Thanks, Cissie! The long sleeves were not going to work for me, plus I find it more versatile with the capped sleeve 🙂

  • Sallie
    March 13, 2014

    I love how different this dress becomes in a solid! That sort of versatility is one of my favorite things about sewing. You look so stunning in this (as always) and the navy makes for a really classic spring time look!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 13, 2014

      Many thanks, Sallie I do look forward to accessorizing the dress this spring!

  • Diana
    March 13, 2014

    Love, love this dress and thank you for this because I have been wanting to make this up in an animal print ponte knit. I’ll take your experience into consideration before I do.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 13, 2014

    Diana – This will look fabulous in an animal print! P l e a s e take the stretch into consideration and cut it a couple of sizes larger if the fabric is not super stretchy 🙂 Good luck!

  • Lizzy
    March 13, 2014

    Really live the colour & shape on you. It’s perhaps not a dress for flip-flops but sensational nevertheless!

    • Sarah Gunn
      March 13, 2014

      Ah.. Thank you Lizzy! I’ll take sensational – flip flops or not! 🙂

  • Sharon
    March 13, 2014

    Great dress. I like your versions better than what is shown on the pattern envelope. I might try it!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 13, 2014

    Thanks , Sharon! You should definitely try it!

  • Fiona
    March 14, 2014

    Stunning shape and fit on you Sarah. I love how sophisticated this is for a knit dress! Great choice with the cap sleeves too

  • Amanda S.
    March 16, 2014

    I seriously LOVE this on you!!! Great fit and definitely flattering. And boo, I wanted some of that fabric too and now it’s all sold out!

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 17, 2014

    Thank you, Amanda! I was holding my breath on this one (still am a little 🙂 ).

  • Jet Set Sewing
    March 25, 2014

    I liked the way it turned out, and actually think I prefer that pattern in a solid. I bought the Craftsy Sewing With Knits course a while ago, so now you’re inspiring me to break down and have a look at it.