The Capri-Blue Neoprene Mesh Dress!

When I saw this fabric, it immediately caught my attention.  This is Capri Blue Nylon-Silk Neoprene I wasn’t sure about it, so I swatched!  If there is every a “questionable” fabric that you aren’t familiar with — swatch first!  And I’m so glad I did.
I don’t think the picture accurately details this fabric. It’s a textured honeycomb patterned, capri blue neoprene material is layered on top of a pastel blue knit, combining to make a thick, three-dimensional material with a nice one directional stretch. And the fabric content is 79% nylon, 21% silk. It’s absolutely amazing.
The fabric sewed well.  However, I do feel that the steam from my iron caused the fabric to grow.  I had to take the dress in a little.  And it also felt a little looser as I wore it, while getting in and out of my car, and sitting for a period of time.  I’m hoping that washing and drying will adjust it back.
With this type of fabric, I thought a metal exposed zipper would be best.  There’s a lot of mesh going on here for a zipper to get caught in.  And I wanted my fabric away from the teeth.  I used interfacing at the zipper insertion area.
My pattern is McCall’s 6988, view A.  With the thickness of the fabric, I choose to not use the facings.  Nor did I add any interacing to any areas other than the zipper.  For the neckline and the armholes, I just folded the fabric back and hemmed it.  The seams didn’t require any type of finishing.  Nor did I line it.  And I was able to just leave the hemline raw.


  • Lauren
    July 16, 2014

    Ahh, I love this! I definitely would not have given that fabric a second look, but you’ve really done it justice! I sounds amazing and the pattern you chose is absolutely perfect for it.

    • Erica B.
      July 24, 2014

      It’s one of those fabrics that you have to see to believe! Thanks Lauren!

  • Amanda S.
    July 16, 2014

    Neat dress! I swatched that fabric too but didn’t get any because I couldn’t fathom what to do with it. I love it in flouncy dress form.

    • Erica B.
      July 24, 2014

      I kind of rolled with a similar design that I often see in neoprene dresses! Thanks Amanda!

  • Lori
    July 16, 2014

    Erica, this is a fabulous dress and great use of this stunning fabric. You look great.

  • Debbie Iles
    July 16, 2014

    Totally awesome! And I’m so excited to see this fabric in action. I did swatch this one, because I had no idea what to expect, but then couldn’t quite figure out what I’d do with it. Your dress is fantastic!

  • Peter
    July 16, 2014

    What a show-stopper of a dress! The color looks great on you and the fit is super-flattering. Love it!

  • Amy
    July 16, 2014

    An amazing pairing of fabric and pattern. I love the fitted dress with the fun flounced hem!

  • Theresa
    July 16, 2014

    I overlooked that pattern, but seeing your dress made me take another look at it. Very cute!

    • Erica B.
      July 24, 2014

      I think it’s a great one to have in your collection! Thanks Theresa!

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    July 17, 2014

    Such a pretty dress with a great flounce. Terrific color too.

  • Cennetta
    July 17, 2014

    Outstanding, Ms. Erica. Love, love your dress. I’ve been wanting to try a neoprene fabric too. Thanks for showcasing your lovely creation.

    • Erica B.
      July 24, 2014

      Cennetta, you’d love it! Thanks!

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    July 19, 2014

    Wow – love this colour and now I’m dying to try sewing with this fabric!

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 20, 2014

    Beaautiful, Erica! I’ve been curious about thtis fabric. Thanks for sewing and reviewing 🙂

  • Ginger
    July 23, 2014

    This is super cool!

  • mac
    July 26, 2014

    OMG! Gorgeous dress with great accessories, you look fabulous.

  • Fiona
    August 2, 2014

    Really interesting fabric and fantastic way of using it! It’s perfect for that hem ruffle feature. I’m really intrigued by neoprene and might have to give a lightweight one a try