Sunday Best Wool Gingham Dress

 

When I picked this wool/poly-blend gingham at the Mood Fabrics NYC store, I knew exactly what I wanted it to be.  A sleeveless version of my TNT dress with white piping.

Wool-blend pink gingham dress made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

I played around with several other options but I kept coming back to this simple silhouette which highlights the fabric, because that’s what I really wanted—to highlight the fabric.  Here are a few ginghams from MoodFabrics.com.

I saw this picture of gingham-style outfits in the November 2013 issue of Vogue Magazine and I knew I was on the right track.  Even when making my wool bouclé jacket, I knew that I really wanted the two pieces to work together.

Wool-blend pink gingham dress made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

Since it’s a simple sew—I’ve made the dress quite a few times already—it was a matter of pretreating the poly/wool blend fabric and making a few decisions.  The dress is lined with white bemberg rayon lining.  It has an invisible zipper closure and white piping at the neckline and armholes.

Wool-blend pink gingham dress made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

 

Wool-blend pink gingham dress made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

However, what I really love is how well it works with the vanilla wool bouclé jacket from last month.  Even though I used the black polka dots in the faux welt pockets, it doesn’t clash with the pink gingham and it even has a little of the print mixing that’s currently hawt!

Wool-blend pink gingham dress made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

A few more pictures of the jacket and dress…

Wool-blend pink gingham dress made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

 

Wool-blend pink gingham dress made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

 

Wool-blend pink gingham dress made with fabric bought at Mood Fabrics NYC.

A trendy fabric for the dress which is worn with a jacket in a hot fall color—yes, this is my Sunday best.

22

Comments


  • Ginger
    November 6, 2013

    Cute! It would be fun to go even further with the print mixing and use the gingham with the black polka dots for a garment!

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      You are definitely right S., I can mix it up a little more and will definitely think about it!

  • Lori
    November 6, 2013

    That is a great dress. All the possibilities you will have with that fabric.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Lori – I have a few cardigans that will go with the dress and a lace top that will make it look like a skirt. I will probably where it alot this winter!

  • BeaJay
    November 6, 2013

    That whole suit looks great on you. Love it. It is very fresh and spring looking.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks BeaJay – and since it is spring in your part of the world feel free to copy it! though I think the wool/poly blend might be a little warm on some of your hotter summer days!

  • Rachel
    November 6, 2013

    Nice outfit! And your new camera is taking beautiful pictures! you look great,

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks Rachel! This camera thingy is giving me fits for sure but I’m sure in a year’s time I will be much better at it! hahahaha!

  • DebB
    November 6, 2013

    Great dress! Love how it works with that jacket. The hat is perfect!

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks DebB – I’m loving the hat with it too!

  • Sarah Gunn
    November 6, 2013

    Super ensemble, Carolyn! Love that gingham which goes beautifully with your jacket and hat!

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks Sarah – I’m liking the two pieces together alot!

  • Haylee
    November 7, 2013

    Cute!! Oh my I love this. It’s so feminine and gorgeous looking on you and I really love the simple and classy silhouette too. Great job Carolyn!

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Thanks Haylee! I literally came home from church, took the dress off and ironed it, put back on and took pictures. So that’s what I looked like Sunday morning!

  • Amy
    November 7, 2013

    What a lovely combo. I love these two pieces together, though each stands equally well on its own. You always know how to follow trends, and now I think I know your secret – magazines and a great eye for fabric!! :)

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      *LOL* Amy and don’t forget that fabric speaks to me too…and tells me what it wants to be!

  • Lauren
    November 7, 2013

    Oooh Carolyn, I love this! It looks great with your new jacket, and THAT AMAZING HAT.

    • Carolyn
      November 8, 2013

      Lauren – I don’t own many but I knew this hat would work with the pieces so thanks for noticing that!

      • Amy
        November 13, 2013

        It is an amazing hat! Good eye, Lauren!

  • Amanda S.
    November 11, 2013

    Great outfit! You look ready for Easter morning!

  • Vanessa
    November 17, 2013

    Carolyn, I am impressed with your fabric choice, color and simplistic design! Your design will compliment many woman across his country. Great job!!

  • anne jewell
    November 19, 2013

    this outfit is just fabulous!–anne