I’m not one to hide my love for a good knit dress: classy yet comfortable, the ideal secret pajama! Especially in floral prints, these are always the dresses that get me the most compliments 😉 My floral Moneta dress is starting to look a little worse for wear so it was time to come up with a successor!
I bought this lovely rayon jersey last year on Fabric.com. I always fall for their “free shipping for orders over $49” trap: I go on the website to find fabrics I need for specific projects, and I always end up a few dollars short of the free shipping threshold, so I spend an hour or more browsing for cool prints for projects I don’t have the time to make. Every single time! Now my stash is out of control and is starting to take over my house… Anyway, that one time, I picked this rayon knit, because I fell in love with the foliage print which reminds me of 1970’s wallpapers (and that’s a compliment!).
With its graphic print and its soft drape, this fabric would have been ideal for a Diane Von Furstenberg style wrap-dress (check out the one made by Jasika Nicole!), but unfortunately I only realized this after cutting into it. Instead, I went for a basic Lady Skater. After the success of my first version, I really wanted to make another one in a more wearable fabric than velvet!
Compared to my first version, this one has a little more ease, probably because the fabric barely has any body. I made a size 3 like last time, but I probably could have gone down a size because as is the bodice is slightly too big and the shoulders tend to fall down a bit. I did add some clear elastic at the waist seam, which seems to help it hold its shape. I also lengthened the skirt by tracing the length of the biggest size (which added about 3 cm).
I love the result in this fabric, especially with the slightly longer skirt which creates an elegant, slender silhouette. The shape also reminds me of the seventies, so it worked out well in the end 🙂
Lady Skater – Kitschy Coo
Rayon spandex jersey from Fabric.com
What a great combination of pattern and fabric! I can see how it would make a lovely DVF wrap dress, but I think it works equally well here. Here’s hoping you get to enjoy a little springtime weather soon!
Yes! It’s finally warm today, I’m so happy 🙂 🙂 🙂 Glad you like the dress!
This is a lovely print, and very on trend – it makes me think of Gorman. And you sewed it so well, I find rayon jersey very difficult to manage!
I didn’t know Gorman, just checked it out, I love the prints! Thanks 🙂
What a beautiful print. I think you’re right to go for something simple to show it off. Lovely!
Beautiful dress! Such a perfect match of pattern to fabric and you’re right that silhouette suits you to a T.
Thanks a lot 🙂
love it – I wanted that fabric so much, but when I went back to buy it, it was gone. You have shown me what I missed! Lovely dress.
Aw I’m sorry! I hate when that happens 🙁
love this print:) – I saw it on your ig feed and loved it. No regrets – it’s perfect like this, and btw, after I made one wrap dress I never made another. However well they fit you, they’re always a fiddle:). Which is anything but comfortable – or stylish.
You’re right, at least this one is super easy to wear! 🙂