Monday, November 12, 2012

Violet Drapey Dress

I have yards and yards and yards of modal and bamboo rayon knits in various colors in my stash.  I originally acquired it a couple years ago when I was selling my garments retail and wholesale.  Over the weekend I found Simplicity 1716, an adorable pattern that looked perfect for this super stretchy, drapey material.

I made a modified  version of View A.  If I followed the pattern recommendations I should have made a 16 bust with 18/20 hip... I made a 12.  The fabric is super duper stretchy so it was critical to make it smaller to fit properly.  The skirt was a bit boxy and straight so I made it into an a-line... a better look for girls with hips and a bum.  I added about four inches to the hem and about two to the sleeve length.
I added a simple belt because my figure prefers a cinched waist on dress.  Also, the fabric is fairly heavy (but some how also very light and flowy?!) and pulls down and looks weird on my back. 

Unbelted :(
Belted!  It helps nip the dress in on my back waistline.

The back neckline detail is pretty.  It's a few inches of narrow elastic sewn inside to create the soft shirring. 


  1. Totally looks better with a belt. I have a similar body type and can understand. I love the little tie in the first photo. Your dress looks so comfy!

  2. Gorgeous dress and love... love the color.