The Chado Ralph Rucci Wool Double Knit Dress

This garment is ALL about the fabric.  This amazing Chado Ralph Rucci wool double knit fabric was posted on Mood Fabric’s Instagram account a couple of weeks ago. After some discussion online, some drooling and a desire that just wouldn’t go away, I went to the Mood NYC store and purchased three panels, or 4 3/4 yards of fabric. Editor’s note: Here are two wool double knits we have online; both Mood stores carry many more colors of wool double knits.

Chado Ralph Rucci wool double knit dress fabric

It’s an awesome piece of fabric with a lot of possibility so I went through several ideas of how to use the fabric to its best advantage.  I finally settled on the idea of sewing a variation of my TNT dress pattern along with a suit comprised of a jacket & a straight skirt.  This post is all about the dress.

Chado Ralph Rucci wool double knit dress fabric

I started with a version of my TNT dress that I’ve called The Whitney Dress.  The first one was made in a single fabric with a top stitching embellishment.  For this one, the fabric is the main attraction.

I’ve also added bracelet length sleeves to it.  The purple sleeve bands work well with the purple inserts.  And of course, by adding a stripe down the back of the dress it adds length and contrast to the back.

Chado Ralph Rucci wool double knit dress fabric

The thing is this is a basic black dress with purple accents—well placed purple accents—but accents just the same.  Construction details are in this post but here are a few highlights.

Chado Ralph Rucci wool double knit dress fabric
The neckline view
Lace added to the lining hemline
  • The dress is cut a little smaller than my normal TNT dress pattern because I wanted a closer fit for this dress.
  • A v-neckline is another variation of the pattern.
  • The dress is lined in black bemberg and hemmed with 1″ black lace trim.
  • Instead of sleeveless like the original dress, I’ve added bracelet length sleeves to this version so the dress can be worn without a topper.  I don’t want to hide any of the design features.
  • The dress skirt front has a center front seam…done to get the most pattern pieces possible out of the fabric yardage.
  • The purple accents was accomplished by careful pattern layout.

A few more pictures of the dress…

Chado Ralph Rucci wool double knit dress fabric

 

Chado Ralph Rucci wool double knit dress fabric

 

Chado Ralph Rucci wool double knit dress fabric

Not only is the fabric stunning but the three panels yielded several garments.  It is/was available in the purple/black fabric and a chartreuse/black combo.  If there’s any left in the store I would definitely jump on it.  Also, I would be following Mood’s Instagram Account because they post some amazing pieces of fabric, available not only in the store, but online too!

I’m glad this piece came home with me because it’s made some wonderful new garments.  My next post will be about the jacket & skirt combo.  Come back and check it out, soon!

 

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Comments


  • oonaballoona
    September 4, 2013

    you played that fabric to perfection. PERFECTION.

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      Thanks Marce! I really appreciate that you like the dress. I’m pretty fond of it too!

  • Lauren
    September 4, 2013

    I agree with Oona! Perfection is the only word I can think of to describe this dress! Those inserts at the front are wonderful; I’m glad you added sleeves (with the purple accents, eee!) because no cardigan should ever cover any of this dress :) Beautiful job!

    Ooh, and one more thing – those shoes! I love them! I love the whole outfit! Can’t wait to see the rest of the pieces :D

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      As I was thinking about how to use the fabric that was my conclusion too, no cardigan. I’m so glad that you agree and that you like the dress!

  • Peter
    September 4, 2013

    Really lovely, Carolyn. Purple and black is a great combination!

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      Thanks Peter! It means so much that you like the dress.

  • Amanda S.
    September 4, 2013

    Interesting use of the fabric and SUPER flattering! I can see why you jumped at purchasing this fabric!

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      Amanda – I so appreciate your thoughts and that you like the dress. It was an awesome piece of fabric and I’m just glad that I was able to do it justice.

  • Chris
    September 4, 2013

    You look amazing In this fabulous dress! Great design elements that flatter.

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      Chris – thanks so much for admiring the dress. It is appreciated.

  • Manju
    September 4, 2013

    I agree with what everyone else has said: lovely looking fabric and very very flattering on you! Great use of the purple to add interest/ flatter your figure.

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      Thank you Manju! It was a fun sew which resulted in a wonderful dress, right?!

  • Elizabeth
    September 4, 2013

    Just love this dress. Love the fabric placement choices. In fact this is my favoritest dress you’ve ever made now.

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      E ~ you always say that! *LOL* And I so love the fact that you always say that! But then again no matter what you say, you did have something to do with the purchase of the fabric and ultimately this awesome dress!!!

  • Erica B.
    September 4, 2013

    This is gorgeous Carolyn! I love the way you played with the fabric. It’ s perfect for fall and just perfection in general!

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      Erica – thanks! This definitely is a fall/winter dress and will be perfect when the temps have dropped and I can wear some stockings or tights with it!

  • Amy
    September 4, 2013

    You’ve done this wonderful fabric proud. Of course. What else should I expect from you by now?! Bravo, Carolyn! You rock this dress with those fabulous shoes. Can’t wait to see the other pieces!

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      Thanks Amy! Thanks so much for believing in my ability and to be perfectly honest I bought two pairs of shoes. The purple pair to wear with the dress and a black pair to wear with the suit! *LOL*

  • Lori
    September 4, 2013

    Amazing dress and fabric, Carolyn. Your fabric placement and design elements really rock this dress. You are the queen of dress design!

    • Carolyn
      September 4, 2013

      Thanks Lori – that made me smile. Glad that you like the dress!

  • Rachel
    September 4, 2013

    Well done! You’ve really made something spectacular and one of a kind with that beautiful fabric.

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks Rachel! It was a special piece of fabric wasn’t it!

  • liza jane
    September 4, 2013

    PERFECT accent placement, Caryolyn. Seriously perfect The dress is fantastic and I love that you went with sleeves. Such a special piece!

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks Liza Jane! It was a great piece of fabric with loads of possibilities, I’m just thankful this one worked.

  • Nicole
    September 4, 2013

    I adore this dress! The fabric is to die for, and the fabric placement was just perfect.

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks Nicole – I appreciate that! Truly I do!

  • Martina
    September 4, 2013

    Fantastic, fantastic use of the fabric. Really inspired and inspiring!

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks so much Martina!

  • LLBB
    September 4, 2013

    Awesome! Soooo flattering and beautiful. I love the shoes too :)

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks! I kinda like the shoes too! *smile*

  • gMarie
    September 4, 2013

    Once again you have taken inspiration and totally made it yours. I love how the front accents skim and accentuate your shape. Great dress – and the shoes – perfection. g

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Gay, I think what I like is that the accents make me look like I have a shape! *smile* Thanks for your kinds thoughts. I can always count on you to encourage me on!

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 5, 2013

    Delicious color combo and creative use of fabric. You look marvelous!

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks Sarah! It was a great piece of fabric that turned into a pretty awesome dress.

  • LaToria Bolling
    September 5, 2013

    This is very flattering on you Caroline. I love the color combination. Great job.

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks LaToria so appreciate your comment!

  • marleen
    September 5, 2013

    Very flattering dress on you. And the colors used are amazing.

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Marleen – thanks! I really like this purple and black combo and I’m glad that you did too!

  • Vicki
    September 5, 2013

    Love it Carolyn, just the right amount of purple. Love the shoes!

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks Vicki! And they are great shoes aren’t they!

  • Karen in VA
    September 5, 2013

    Just love this dress….what a great color combo and design…You’re totally rocking it!!!!

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Thanks Karen!

  • TinaLou
    September 5, 2013

    You look a-MAZ-ing in your new dress, Carolyn; the color placement is so flattering! I think I prefer your version to the original (which I had pinned too). You’ve inspired me to try my hand at colorblocking with some bits of ponte I have in my stash.

    • Carolyn
      September 5, 2013

      Tina Lou – this is loosely based upon the designer dress especially since I did something different to the back. I plan on making a version of the designer one with pleather accents in the front and back of the dress. Thanks for appreciating this one and commenting on the post!

  • Linda L
    September 6, 2013

    Carolyn, this is one of many of your great dresses. This is a great use of insert and contrast. The shoes are perfect also! The whole look is fabulous!

    • Carolyn
      September 7, 2013

      Thanks Linda – I guess I am the Queen of Dresses! *LOL*

  • Diana
    September 6, 2013

    Beautiful! Just beautiful dress. I love the purple on black, the V neck, the sleeve length, the fit. You look wonderful in it. And of course I love the shoes!

    • Carolyn
      September 7, 2013

      Thanks Diana!

  • ThisisCarrie
    September 8, 2013

    The design details you added to the dress with the contrast color are just perfect and so flattering. Great job!

  • Ginger
    September 9, 2013

    This is killer! Your colorblocking is PERFECT– it’s so unique, flattering, and hip! I love this dress so much, and I love that you made it with sleeves– it deserves to be showcased, not covered up! Bravo!

  • Kay
    September 13, 2013

    Beautiful as always!