My usual journey when starting a new garment is the fabric. I roam the aisle of Mood Fabrics’ NYC store touching fabrics and waiting for the perfect piece to jump out at me, demanding to be brought home and sewn up. This time though, it was the pattern that spoke to me first. It was Vogue 1370 ~ a sheath dress with fabric inserts and literally I saw the dress in black and white.
With that idea in mind, I headed off to Mood to purchase fabric. I don’t know about you, but me, I love a great wool crepe dress in the fall. Wool crepe dresses up and down, it molds to your body, and wears wonderfully. So black wool crepe for the dress with white or ivory for the inserts. I searched and searched but there just wasn’t any medium-weight black wool crepe on the shelves. I’m sure there was the day before I got there but you know how fast the fabric turns at Mood! I even briefly contemplated ordering online, since there is an amazing selection of wool crepes here.
Just when I thought all was lost and that I would leave the store empty-handed, the sales clerk directed me to this delicious double-faced black wool crepe. You can find double-faced wool crepes online here.
When I touched it, my heart skipped a beat! Seriously, and I knew that this was the one! The “perfect” fabric to bring my dress to reality. Then it hit me that I had the “perfect” black ‘n white houndstooth fabric in my fabric collection, that I’d purchased from Mood in January 2012. I knew the two fabrics would just sing together. So tell me, do you hear them singing? I sure do!
A couple of notes about construction…
The pattern alterations were extensive. Those alterations and construction details can be found here. There are 25 hours of work in this dress. Hard to believe, right? But the inserts and seaming are intricate and not only give the dress a slim-fitting appearance but add to the interesting details of the dress.
I love how the black and white adds drama to the dress and still makes it work appropriate. And of course, I love the silhouette but it’s the perfect wool crepe and houndstooth that really make the dress sing!