Sunday, 24 November 2013

Easy breezy jersey dress

This dress was something I made completely out of a whim. One day I just decided to get some thick interlock jersey fabric from the store and made out a pattern. This dress is so comfortable and the best part is I can even wear it for dancing! The fabric is soft and stretchy and I can just pull the dress on.
red jersey dress by Cherise at VintageFollies

I used a basic pattern for jersey shirt and added bust darts. This is recommended if you are busty or your fabric doesn’t give much lengthwise. I made the neckline bateau style on the front a V at the back. The skirt pattern I took from an old pattern. I have used this skirt style several times and I love it!

red jersey dress by Cherise at VintageFollies


red jersey dress by Cherise at VintageFollies

What do you think: should I make these kind of dresses for the shop as well?

22 comments:

  1. You look gorgeous, I love the dress.
    I hardly ever use jersey, basically because I connect it to modern shirtwear and nothing so classy and elegant.
    This dress looks wonderful, I would have never thought that it was made from jersey. Stunning!

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    1. Thanks! I usually don't like jersey either, but this interlock jersey is great since it looks and feels the same on both sides, no wrong side on this fabric :)

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  2. Beautiful dress! I think this would probably be a popular addition to your shop as well.

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  3. Dear Cherise,

    This dress seems to be absolutely perfect!
    I believe the jersey is called "Romanit-Jersey" (I hope this is an international expression), 60% visocse, 30% PE and 10% elastane?
    It is even more impressive how you managed to do the basic construction! I hardly see these clothes in dynamic movement without creases near the breasts.
    What constructions did you take as template to sew like this?

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    1. Thank you! I'm pretty happy with the result myself. I used a basic pattern for knitwear, but I lengthened the bodice at the bust line by a few cm and made bust darts to get rid of the extra length at the side seam. I got these instructions at school and I guess it's the Finnish knit wear template. I guess any template will do with the bust dart modification.

      I've heard the term romanit -jersey, but usually I see it sold as interlock jersey. This means both sides look the same. The composition is something along the lines you wrote.

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    2. Hello Cherise, thanks for the swift reply. I am really interested in this bust dart modification. Would you mind to show me more details potentially via email ? Moreover I'd like to get more information about the basic jersey pattern would be highly apprechiated. I am searching for such a basic pattern since a long time. Thank you very much in advance. Looking forward to your reply. kind regards Julia

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  4. dresses like this are perfect for everyday life ... i have a quite similar in black from h&m and i wore it a lot to work last winter. dresses that are wearable in wintertime are always hard to find. i suppose it could be a perfect idea to add those to your shop. (i would die to get my hands on a dress made from thick jersey with a lovely plaid print ... )

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    1. I would be so happy to get this kind of fabric in nice prints, but they hardly ever come around - or then it's not the same kind of fabric. Plaid or hounds tooth would be great!

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  5. Love the dress and the colour is define.

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  6. It's gorgeous! The colour is perfect and the belt really finishes it off! I think people would love to buy this dress. The fact that it looks good and is also really comfortable is a real win!

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    1. Thanks Julia! I love the colour too. This fabric was available in soo many delicious other colours too that I'm probably going to have to make at least 2 more ;D

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  7. How lovely! I absolutely adore the color and the jersey makes it so fun and swingy and comfortable. Well done!

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  8. Really nice dress! I could definitely buy that kind of dress, though in a different - less bright - color.

    I saw you in the street a while ago, by the way. You looked as pretty in real life, though somehow less apparently "vintage", but that's everyday life I guess. :)

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    1. Wow, it feels so weird when someone actually recognizes me on the street. You should have come say "hi" :)

      Yeah I don't do my hair everyday, especially now that's it's cold and you have to wear a hat. I like to keep the more special vintage stuff for more special occasions, because I'm afraid I'm going to cut a hole on it at work or something :D

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  9. Dress is definitely worth doing for the shop aswell! I think the world needs more vintage style jersey dresses :D I'm planning on making similar style for myself, based on my Scarabee-dress with a-line skirt. It really is a shame it's so hard to find good quality jersey nowadays, especially if you want pretty prints on it.

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  10. The dress is gorgeous! If you decide to make it to your shop to sell, let me know! It would be perfect to wear at work! :)

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  11. That dress is SO cute, I might have to make myself something similar ;) I just don't have enough everyday dresses. Great colour too!

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  12. Love the dress. Featured on SSB https://facebook.com/sassysewingbees

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    1. Thank you for the feature Sassy T! :)

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