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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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…
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!