When confronted with large prints I feel like sewists usually fall into one of two camps. You either opt for a simple silhouette to pair it with so the whole thing doesn’t become too overwhelming, or you go for an equally statement making design and let the print and style duke it out. Winner takes all? Or perhaps the battle simply swallows whoever was foolish enough to attempt the pairing in the first place! Well, whatever, I fall into the latter category.
This Thakoon Amparo Blue and White Viscose Jersey from Mood Fabrics online is the stuff of dreams. It’s a sheer, light as a feather, tissue weight jersey, with a modest amount of stretch, and it drapes like a boss. I ordered several yards of it without really having a plan for what it would become, but once it arrived I couldn’t get over how gorgeous it looked as it folded and shimmied over itself. The large blue floral print became abstracted and even more beautiful than when left un-manipulated.
So I decided to pair it with Vogue 1287, a DKNY pattern that I’ve had in my pattern stash for awhile. This pattern’s got pleats out the wazooey, saggy pockets, kimono sleeves, a mock wrap top… it’s got errrythang! I knew that the Thakoon jersey would be much too drapey and … I don’t know… ephemeral to stand up to all those pleats, but I also imagined this fabric falling in soft folds instead of sharp pleats and, in my minds eye, this pairing seemed inspired. At the time. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about the end result, but there are a few reasons for this.
This was one of those patterns that suggests jersey as a possible fabric, but only includes instructions for wovens. Total pet peeve of mine. Why do you do this, Big 4 Patterns?? Why?! I ended up following the instructions as they were written, my reasoning being that this viscose jersey wasn’t extremely stretchy, and that the style itself didn’t have any areas of negative ease, so I really didn’t need the fabric to stretch. It turned out mostly all right, however there are a few areas where the stitching pulls the fabric too tight and I got some puckering – like around the pockets.
Speaking of the pockets – I love how deep and slouchy these are! They create some volume around the hips which helps balance the blousy-ness of the bodice.
The back is definitely the most boring view of the whole dress. The back waistband is gathered with elastic (yawn) and the pockets wrap around the hips (the potential is there but it leaves me feeling a bit ‘meh’). All in all, I feel like this dress has got it’s engines running hot, but leaves it’s caboose a little cold – if you know what I’m sayin’! Thankfully, I can only see myself from the front! Score!
I think this will be a great dress to wear to one of the gallery openings at work. Just as long as I don’t overpower the art! Anyone else out there a fan of pairing large scale prints with complicated designs? Anyone??