Silk Jersey Twisted Dress Redux

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

Well, I did it again. I made another one of BurdaStyle’s Twisted Maxi Dresses out of one of Mood Fabric’s silk jerseys. And, there was no oops about it. I got so much use out of my first silk jersey maxi dress this summer that I just had to make another to carry me through fall and winter. Silk jersey is a delight to wear (seriously, I feel like I’m in pajamas when I wear these dresses yet they both look really pulled together), and the gathers in the front of this dress make it perfect for expanding over my ever-growing baby bump.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

This time around I used this taupe and black geometric silk jersey print. To winterize the pattern I shortened the length and added sleeves. Both modifications were fairly easy. I simply chopped many, many (too many!) inches off the hem to convert the dress into an above-the-knee length, and I wrote about how I modified the pattern to fit sleeves on my personal sewing blog here.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

Sewing with the silk jersey was straightforward. I tend to switch back and forth between my regular sewing machine and my serger depending on what I think a particular seam needs, and this silk jersey handled itself beautifully in both machines. The hardest part was thinking about pattern matching, particularly along the center front seam of the dress. This seam is typically hidden in the gathers, but my baby belly is now large enough that the gathers are almost non-existent! Therefore, I knew this seam would sit front and center every time I wore this dress this season. Perhaps I could have fudged the pattern a bit and cut the front out on the fold, but since it does slightly taper in as it goes up, I just went for it. I cut each piece on a single layer, paying careful attention first to matching the horizontal repeat, and then to making sure the stitching line on the seam was falling symmetrically down the vertical pattern. When stitched together, the seam creates a vertical row of ovals that are thinner near the top, pretty close to perfect near the center, and wider at the bottom. Can you see it in the photo above? Finding the seam is probably easiest near the hem where the ovals get wider. But, overall, I think the fabric’s print and the pattern’s gathers and drapes still hide it pretty well.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

Since I shortened the dress, I also shortened the ties by the same amount. I liked the way the long ties looked in the maxi version, but sitting on them over and over often made them come untied. The shorter ties aren’t nearly as dramatic, but they’re cute and functional, and I really appreciate that they stay tied!

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

I think my added sleeve works really well to pull this dress into the fall and winter. I used the Sewaholic Renfrew three-quarter sleeve pattern (which I’ve made loads of times in the past – see here for an MSN example), and I know I’ll get lots more wear out of this dress with sleeves, especially this season, than I would if I’d tried to make it work sleeveless.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

Finally, about the hem – though I am really pleased with the little bit the hem band adds to the dress, it was not part of the original design. Even though I measured twice before deciding how much needed to be cut off to convert the maxi dress into an above-the-knee length dress, my measurement still ended up being off. When I tried on the dress when it was mostly together, I was shocked and a bit embarrassed by how short it was. Now that I’ve reached my mid-thirties, I’m finding it’s harder to pull off short skirts! The easiest solution seemed to be to add a hem band, but I was not about to try to match the printed pattern. So, I dug through my stash and found some of Mood’s black jersey leftover from my Cavalli Cowl. A quick serge later, and my dress was just the length I wanted. And, it had a cute hem band to boot.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

My husband and I had such a fun morning taking these photos since we used it as an excuse to explore a new area of Seattle. When we left our house, we knew it was going to be windy, but we hadn’t realized just how windy it would be near the water. Here are some of the outtakes to prove that we were nearly blown over!

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

And, one final shot of the growing baby bump. I wonder how big it’s going to be next month?!

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood Fabrics' Silk Jersey

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  • Amanda S.
    November 4, 2013

    I love it – you look so cute pregnant!!! I also love silk jersey and have had my eye on this print for awhile. It’s got such a great drape and feel to it.

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks Amanda! The fabric really does suit this style of dress well. It makes it easy to feel chic even when I’m lumbering around with a giant belly! Not to mention the way it feels and the way it drapes…!

  • Dee
    November 4, 2013

    Beautiful dress and beautiful pregnant you!

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thank you, thank you!!

  • Carolyn
    November 4, 2013

    Beautiful dress and I hope you’re having a wonderful and easy pregnancy!

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks Carolyn! So far, so good on the pregnancy. I think I’ve had it pretty easy. I can no longer run, and these days I even get pretty winded on a long walk, but I’m still able to get out and about. My big issue has been food. There were only a few weeks in there in the middle that I could eat whatever I wanted. Before and after those idyllic weeks, I’ve really had to watch how much I eat or I’ll get sick. So, I tend to eat a million small meals a day instead of a few big meals. See, it’s all really been not so bad!

  • Lori
    November 4, 2013

    This looks fabulous, I would not have guessed the band was on because of an oops. It looks like a design element. Wonderful job and you look amazing.

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks! I actually really like the hem band. I think it adds a lot to the dress, and I’m glad I made the mistake in measuring. I do hope to make this pattern again (I just love it!) out of a border print, so then it’ll be important to make sure I add back in the few inches that are missing here!

  • Ginger
    November 4, 2013

    You look adorable! The band is a great detail and looks totally intentional! This is the perfect maternity/not-maternity dress… seriously adorable! It’s a far cry from the smocks and muumuus that I remember my aunts wearing during pregnancy when I was a kid!

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks! That’s one of the reasons I like this pattern so much. As long as you pick a great drapey fabric, I think it looks flattering on any belly!

  • Michelle
    November 4, 2013

    Oh, this is so effortlessly beautiful! I bet it’s a dream to wear. Very nice job.

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks Michelle! It is a dream to wear. Silk jersey is fast becoming one of my favorite fabrics. I stalk the selection at Mood!

  • Kay
    November 4, 2013

    You are adorable pregnant. The outfit is cute too!

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks so much! We had a fun morning taking photos in the crazy wind!

  • Haylee
    November 4, 2013

    Cute!! This looks so great on you, and I lLOVE ove the quarter-length sleeves. Great call!

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks Haylee! I’m excited with how well the sleeves turned out, too. It’s a great sleeve length for me to carry me through most seasons. Well, at least in California it was! I’m still waiting to see how winters are here in Seattle!

  • Sarah
    November 4, 2013

    Really gorgeous, and the band adds an additional chicness!

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks! I’m quite pleased with the accidental band as well. I worried it would make it feel more homemade, but I think it ended up doing just the opposite!

  • Rory
    November 4, 2013

    You make pregnancy look chic. I love the outfit! Congratulations!

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thank you, thank you!!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 4, 2013

    What a great way to document your pregnancy!
    The fabric is gorgeous, you look radiant, and the dress is so flattering! Love the band you added. Your dress is the best looking maternity dress I’ve seen in a long time. Very beautiful!

    • Amy
      November 4, 2013

      Thanks! The best part is that it’s not even a maternity dress, so I’m hoping it’ll look just as nice once the baby belly is gone! It’s too nice of fabric to only be able to wear for such a short time!

  • Sandra (Sewist-Stitch)
    November 5, 2013

    I love this version of your dress. The fabric is just perfect and I love the black band around the bottom.

    • Amy
      November 5, 2013

      Thanks Sandra! It’s amazing how much the accidental black band actually adds to the dress!

  • anne jewell
    November 5, 2013

    great design!–anne

    • Amy
      November 5, 2013

      Thank you, Anne!

  • Diana
    November 8, 2013

    The dress is perfection and you are just the cutest in it!

    • Amy
      November 9, 2013

      Thank you, Diana!! What a compliment!

  • Carol Kucefski
    November 10, 2013

    Enjoyed reading about the silk jersey fabric. Was just introduced to Mood from a friend after complaining I could not find silk jersey knit at my favorite place that has everything. They told me they don’t carry those “exotic” fabrics. All I want to do is make silk underwear/liners for under things for warmth and smooth lines. Didn’t think it was exotic! Glad to hear its easy to sew on the machine. When I’m ready to get started I’ll be ordering. Also love your button selection. Have my eye on a design and size that I haven’t been able to find—to replace slightly damaged ones on a garment I wear.