Spring Fling with Supreme Neoprene

I’m so pleased with this project. What better way to start my spring wardrobe than with a supreme neoprene. I began my hunt for it after I saw a neoprene dress made by Ms. Erica B. Three weeks ago, I found it, the perfect, smooth neoprene.

At first glance I knew I had to have this audacious, attention getting print. I didn’t need a swatch to know this fabric was a winner; good quality and sews like a dream. Too bad it’s all sold out. Not to worry, Mood has a good selection of neoprene in stock.

Neoprene is on trend now. And Ms. Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) has a weekly showing of body hugging dresses that are a great source of inspiration. Her “standout” dresses inspired me to pair this fabulous fabric with Simplicity 1314 modified. Of course, I made several modifications to get the fit right for me.

It is a princess seamed dress with some center front and back details. The actual pattern is more a-line than straight. I made view C with the flange used for view D. Also included in the envelope are pants (view A) and sleeved dress (view B). It comes in sizes 6 to 22. I used size 16 with lots of modifications.

My dress is slightly different because of the changes I made. I was going for a slim dress instead of an a-line one. Other than that the dress looks like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope. The instructions were simple and easy to follow.

This was a good choice for the style of dress I had in mind. Princess seams work well with my body shape. And it is easy to make the pattern adjustments. I also like the curve of the dress panels. They add interest to the dress and can be used to create the illusion of a curvier body with a small waist. For my dress though, it’s hard to see those details. Finally, I like the way this dress goes together. No sticky points.

I only had one dislike regarding the construction, and it was due to the thickness of the fabric. Where the flange and the armhole facing are finished, It was hard to get a polished finish. So instead of following step 25 I tacked down the facing by hand. The stitching does not show through to the right side of the fabric. I preferred this finishing to the recommended technique.

My usual fit adjustments:
 – FBA
– Swayback
 – Prominent Shoulder Blades
 – Inch or two to length of skirt

After making these adjustments. The dress was too large everywhere, even in the bust area. I started with size 16, but the finished dress was between sizes 14 at the neckline and shoulders; 14/16 at bust; 14 waist and hips(with bust adjustment); and 12/10 below the hips. After all of these changes, I will probably use the pattern at least one more time.

I think this pattern is definitely worth a try. I like the design lines and it’s not difficult to make. It’s a good pattern for a princess seamed sloper dress.

This is my first dress for Spring 2015. I’m so glad that spring is on it’s way. Neoprene is a great fabric to wear during this transitional period. The pattern; easy and sew up quickly.

That’s all for now.  Happy Sewing!
C

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Comments


  • Lola
    March 12, 2015

    So Fantastic! Love it.

  • Erica B.
    March 12, 2015

    You really lucked up with this amazing fabric find. This dress is great! It looks so high-end and it looks gorgeous on you!

    • Cennetta Burwell
      March 12, 2015

      Thanks, Erica. I’m really pleased with how this dress turned out.

  • sallie
    March 12, 2015

    Such a gorgeous fabric, and I LOVE it in this fitted silhouette! You look so stunning!

    • Cennetta Burwell
      March 12, 2015

      Thanks, Sallie. This is a great fabric. I wish I could find more of the same quality in a different print and color.

  • Mary Beth
    March 12, 2015

    OMG, this is one hot dress, fellow Chicagoan. I’m thinking of making a dress for Easter. This might be it. And I’m loving the neoprene prints. Too bad this one is gone!

    • Cennetta
      March 12, 2015

      Oh, thank you, Mary Beth. The is a nice dress pattern. And I have fallen in love with neoprene. 😉

  • Amanda S.
    March 12, 2015

    Love it! I’m kicking myself for not grabbing some of that amazing fabric before it sold out.

    • Cennetta
      March 12, 2015

      Thanks, Amanda. It’s unbelievable how fast it sold out.

  • Sarah Gunn
    March 12, 2015

    This is a gorgeous and flattering dress, Cenetta. I so wish I had bought this fabric. Terrific job!

    • Cennetta
      March 12, 2015

      Thank you so much, Sarah.

  • Lori
    March 12, 2015

    I love this dress on you, gorgeous fabric and style. Isn’t that one of the best parts of sewing, you can take a pattern and fabric and then create something that is just for you and with a great fit! Enjoy your spring dress.

    • Cennetta
      March 12, 2015

      Lori, Thank you. And, yes that’s why we sew. The design options are endless.

  • Manju
    March 12, 2015

    Fabric and fit are stunning on this. Looks fab!

  • Mary Beth
    March 12, 2015

    Friends, fwiw, you can plug your email address if you want to be notified if this fabric has been restocked. It’s apparently a new feature on the site. Believe it or not, sometimes fabrics do get restocked. I got a Mood Fabrics floral print recently that was restocked. So don’t let this fab neoprene print sell out a second time without at least an opportunity to buy it!

    • Cennetta
      March 12, 2015

      Thanks, Mary. I didn’t know that. 🙁

    • Cennetta
      March 12, 2015

      Oops!! Silly me. It’s staring me in the face.., right next to the picture of the fabric.

  • Andrea
    March 12, 2015

    Very nice dress. I am really getting into the idea of this fabric. It keeps showing up at my local store as a scuba fabric. Not sure if they are the same. I guess I will just have to give it a go.

    • Cennetta
      March 13, 2015

      Thanks, Andrea. You will like working with neoprene. 😉

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    March 12, 2015

    WOW! This is a complete knockout – I still haven’t sewn with this type of fabric but I’m certainly curious now!

  • Cennetta
    March 13, 2015

    Thanks, Lizzy. I’m very pleased with it. I think you will like working with neoprene. It sews like a dream.

  • Fiona
    March 13, 2015

    Beautiful fit and you’ve used that print so well Cennetta! I love this on you and you’ve really tempted me to try neoprene, I wouldn’t have thought it could look so chic!

    • Cennetta
      March 15, 2015

      Thank you, Fiona.

  • Lladybird
    March 13, 2015

    I dont’ think I could ever wear neoprene (I can’t stand the way it feels!), but you are really REALLY making me second guess that. You look amazing, Cennetta! The fit is spot-on as always, and that print looks fabulous on you!

    • Cennetta
      March 15, 2015

      Lauren, Thanks. This neoprene is a knit jersey. It has a slightly different feel than the scuba type neoprene. But I totally understand. There are some fabric I don’t care for either. Thanks again.

  • Peter
    March 13, 2015

    Fantastic dress, Cennetta. The pattern placement is great and extremely figure-flattering. Great job!

    • Cennetta
      March 15, 2015

      Thanks, Peter. I so glad the pattern placement worked out. I was trying to achieve the most flattering placements for the light and dark segments of the fabric. At the same time I needed to have some uniformity around my body. Thanks again.

  • Marina Villalobos
    March 14, 2015

    Cennetta!

    Good work and congratulations on a job expertly done. Great fit and style. I’ve never worked with neoprene and am curious to know a couple of things. I imagine preshrinking is not necessary but does it stretch out as it is worn? Does it tend to bag in strategic areas i.e., the fanny? I’ve heard this can happen. Has it lost shape at all as you’ve worn it? If your experience has been a good one, I may take the plunge because it sure looks good on you!

    Marina

    • Cennetta
      March 15, 2015

      Thanks, Marina. This neoprene does have some stretch, but the recovering is excellent. As far as I can tell it bounces back. No backing out in the curvy areas. Thank you for asking.

  • oonaballoona
    March 16, 2015

    you look like the chic-est rorschach test EVER!

    • Cennetta
      March 16, 2015

      Thanks, Marcy. It does look like an inkblot test area. Tee Hee. What do you see? Tee Hee. Thanks again,
      Cennetta

  • Ginger
    March 16, 2015

    Wow! I love love love love love this! I’m tempted to do a straight up copy!!!! Seriously hot dress!

    • Cennetta
      March 16, 2015

      Thanks, Ginger. You should do it!

  • Marina Villalobos
    March 16, 2015

    Cennetta:

    Thank you for your answer. I may, indeed, take the plunge especially since your experience has been a good one. Once again, congratulations!

    Marina

    • Cennetta
      March 16, 2015

      My pleasure, Marina. Good luck with your project. 😉 Cennetta