Silk Jersey Off-the-shoulder Mini Dress

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk jersey panel print mini dress

Meet my new favorite dress.


mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk jersey panel print mini dress

I love it so much! You guys, I was on the road to failure with this Silk Jersey Panel Print for so long, I thought the trip would never end! It started in Mood Fabric’s NY location, when I turned from the cutting table and came face to face with this beauty. She was in my arms within seconds. Foot on the floor, I screamed north with my new companion, racing to Drapey Town. But I made a wrong turn at Cuttersville, and when I found myself at the junction between Maxi Skirtland and Tank Top Turnpoint, there just wasn’t enough lane for Waist Line.

The trip was bad, yo. Probably because I left no time for rest stops. ALWAYS LEAVE TIME FOR REST STOPS.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk jersey panel print mini dress

I couldn’t abandon it though, because Ruggy kept commenting on how beautiful the print was. He saw a silver lining in my botched trip, because he wanted me to make something for myself anyway (I was initially draping this piece for someone else. Selfless sewing! My first wrong turn!).

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk jersey panel print mini dress

Sadly, the new route I chose was a man repeller pattern. My bosum buddy Suzanne just happened to drop Vogue 1482 in my lap, an artsy ditty with lots of seaming and little pieces. Her note cautioned: One of those patterns your husband will hate but all your lady friends love…

But the note ALSO said: very cool construction, fyi.


mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk jersey panel print mini dress

I needed a good road map after all that botched traveling! And she was right, the construction IS really cool… but I only followed the directions for the front left pocket. UGH FOLLOW DIRECTIONS OONA! WHY DO YOU THINK YOU GET LOST SO MUCH?! Listen, I had to veer off course, mainly because I jigsawed the center back out of what I had, and cut it on the fold, losing two inches of width, and then had to account for the stretch of the jersey, and then add sleeves, and then remove sleeves, and then change the neckline, and then take it in to make it slightly more Ruggy friendly, and then shorten it to make it even more Ruggy friendly, and then dance around when I realized, in taking the scenic route, I had suddenly stumbled upon THAT DRESS that you can wear out to summer dinners, or wear in to winter affairs hosted in your blazing hot NY apartment.

In our 15 years of living in this apartment, I have one dress that can pull that kind of double duty. And I will stand en relevé in both of them, because when I’m happy I walk around on my tiptoes, and when I’m in my apartment I don’t wear shoes. Or when I’m driving, for that matter. Although I sit when I drive. But I digress.

mood sewing network | oonaballoona | silk jersey panel print mini dress

(And when I dance around on my toes I make Ruggy laugh and forget that I’m wearing man repellant. So everybody wins.)

If you’d like to try your hand at some silk jersey, there are some beauties here waiting to hit the road with you!



  • Cennetta
    April 28, 2016

    So glad you found your way on the road of recovery. Suzanne’s suggestions was the right turn to get you to the perfect destination to off the shoulder mini. 😉

  • Manju
    April 29, 2016

    Hot hot hot! Fabulous look on you.

  • JSSP
    April 29, 2016

    Gorgeous model, fabric and design. They came into harmony!!

  • Amanda S.
    April 29, 2016

    You are so right to be in love with this dress. It is PERFECT for you! Great save Oona!

  • sallie
    April 29, 2016

    This is fabulous! I really love the changes you made to this pattern!

  • PsychicKathleen
    April 29, 2016

    I fell in love with this dress as soon as I saw it on but as read that it was made out of silk jersey I was wild. I have been desperately seeking a lovely pattern out of silk jersey and have had no luck. Your link, “you can find it here” went no where but to a blank blogin page so I feel as if once again I am lost. Gorgeous dress and suits you to a T!

    • oonaballoona
      April 30, 2016

      eek! that’s weird, the link is working for me! it’s just the search i came up with for “silk jersey” on mood’s website, since this paner print was putchased in store. you might be able to order some over the phone if you ask for the print in this post (if it’s still there!)

  • Amy
    April 29, 2016

    I can see why this dress is a new favorite. It looks fabulous on you. The print was definitely worth saving, so I’m glad you kept working with it until everything fell in place. Enjoy your new dress!

  • Lori
    May 1, 2016

    Amazing save on the dress, it looks fabulous.

  • Mary Beth
    May 2, 2016

    I love the silk jersey used for this dress, the florals online (while I’m a florals girl) are nice, but this graphic design rocks my BOAT! (and yours too, Oona.)