Completed: Vogue 1610, in Silk Jersey

23 Apr

All right, y’all, so back to Vogue 1610. If you recall my first make-up of this pattern, I’m happy to report that I finally got my hands on some gorgeous silk jersey and was able to do her her all fancy-like – want to see? ๐Ÿ™‚

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

Yay, baby’s first ~silk jersey~ DVF ๐Ÿ˜‰

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

I know, I know – a true 1970s DVF would be made in some ~futuristic~ polyester, but I’m a fine lady with fine tastes and I wanted silk! So silk I got. Ha!

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

After my first make, I was pretty confident on the sizing and adjustments I needed to do to get this dress really looking it’s best. Y’all should be proud of me – I remembered to *not* hack off the hemline to dangerously short proportions, and I remembered to remove the added length to the bodice so this hits me in the right spot. Other than that, this dress went together almost the same way as my first one – except I left the sleeves off, for a cool 70s kick. Nice, yeah?

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

Now let’s talk about silk jersey. After lurking the Mood Fabrics website (as well as the store last month!) for a few weeks, I came across this gorgeous this paisley silk jersey by Marc Jacobs. I was looking for something a little groovy that would look like something Diane would use to make one of her iconic dresses, and I think this fits the bills. Also: SILK. Hell, it was expensive, but it was definitely worth it!

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

This was my first experience working with silk jersey. The texture is quite a bit different than what I had imagined this fabric would feel like – it kind of feels like a really really high-quality ponte (this particular fabric is also a heavier weight of silk jersey; some of the lighter weight in the store, for example, almost felt like straight-up poly. So weird!). A high-quality ponte with a beautiful drape and feels like luscious silk, I might add. The colors on the fabric were SUPER saturated, and there was a nice sheen to the right side.

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

I say “were” because while they’re still pretty bright, the colors aren’t quite as close as they were when I originally got the piece of fabric in the mail. See, I’m of the camp that anything that cannot be safely washed in the washing machine simply does not belong in my house. For some of my older (and wool!) projects, that usually means they get a good airing out and the occasional hand wash. For everything else, it means I don’t own it. Ha! I hate the dry cleaners, I hate the chemicals, and I don’t want them anywhere near my body! I knew this dress wouldn’t get worn at all if it meant that it was a pain to clean, so I did a little research and ultimately threw the whole yardage in the washing machine and dyer to pretreat before I cut into it. Apparently, silk is a-ok as long as you treat it the same way you will treat the finished garment (in my case – wash on cold, tumble dry medium). Be warned that it will soften the silk and remove the sheen, as well as slightly dull the colors. I figured a little dull color is better than a dress that I never wear, so in the wash it went! No regrets!

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

Anyway, back to sewing this stuff – my particular fabric (again, like any other jersey, not all silk jerseys are the same!) was pretty stable, so it would be fine for sewing up on a regular machine. For the most part, I treated this fabric the same way I treat any other knit – the seams are constructed on my serger (again, not necessary – but hey, I have a serger and it’s there, so why not?), and I stabilized the shoulders with strips of iron-on interfacing to keep them from stretching out over time.

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

The few parts that I did sew on my sewing machine, I used a fine 70/10 ballpoint needle and regular polyester thread. What is different here (as opposed to how I normally sew knits) is that I included facings at the arm holes and blindstitched them down, as well as blindstitched the hem and the facing on the skirt overlap. I know, I know – it’s a knit, throw a fucking binding on it and call it a day, yeah? – but I felt like this dress deserved just a little more finesse, it being a silk jersey DVF and all. Since the silk jersey is so, well, robust, it lends nicely to blindstitching as the stitches really sink it and are completely invisible on the right side. Plus, it presses like a dream. Yay silk!

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

GAH, I mean – just look at that beautiful fabric!

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

So good.

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

Here’s what silk jersey looks like once you push it through the wash. Notice that the texture isn’t smooth and shiny – it a little rough, almost slubbed (I hesitate to call it pilling because I feel like this particular fabric probably doesn’t pill, but feel free to chime in if you have a long-term experience with this stuff!). Despite being silk, the end result is very relaxed and casual feeling, but it totally looks nice enough to wear to work or on a date.

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

Overall, I’m really pleased with how this dress turned out and I can’t wait to test those silk-breathing properties in the dead of summer. Not to mention – how about those colors, eh? Seriously, is it even possible to be unhappy while wearing this dress? ๐Ÿ™‚

Vogue 1610 - silk jersey

So, there you go – silk jersey wraps FTW! What do you think? Are you ready to fall in love with silk jersey yet?


53 Responses to “Completed: Vogue 1610, in Silk Jersey”

  1. True Bias April 23, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    I have never tried silk jersey but I really need to take the plunge. I sew with knits all of the time, just have a hard time justifying the cost of silk jersey. Your dress is awesome though. I love the bold print on such a classic dress.

  2. maddie April 23, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    Definitely treat this dress with more finesse – it’s silk jersey!

  3. Sarah April 23, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    It’s fabulous! I recently made an emerald silk jersey dress and just washed it on a gentle machine cycle and let it hang dry – colour still amazing. I looked up your pattern on etsy – your find was marvellous ndeed. You’ve really done it justice ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nakisha April 23, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    So pretty!!

    I’m with you. If it can’t be machine washed; it cannot be sewn up by me. I have zero time for delicate cleaning routines.

  5. Kim April 23, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    Gorgeous! Silk jersey sounds like a dream! And I love the print.. The fit looks super good on you too.. I always hand wash my silk, can’t be bothered to bring it to the dry cleaners and I love the more toned down look it gets after washing..

  6. cfletemeyer April 23, 2014 at 8:26 am #

    I LOVE this dress!!! So pretty and the fabric/colors are amazing on you. It was great to meet you at The Fabric Studio opening! – Carrie (girl with matching baby) (-:

    • LLADYBIRD April 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

      Yay!! It was great to meet you, as well (and that adorable matching baby ;))!

  7. Masha April 23, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    I love it! The fabric is awesome. I am also in the pro-washing-machine camp so I’m glad to know I can test out silk jersey.

  8. sallie April 23, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Love feasting my eyes on this beauty again!

  9. Anne April 23, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    I LOVE silk jersey! It is warm in the winter and cool in the summer and sooo nice for wrap dresses.

    I’m with you on not being a fan of dry cleaning. I usually hand wash and air dry my silk jersey. As long as you keep the temperature on the cold side you should be fine. I like washing mine in Forever New or Eucalan and throw in some white vinegar in the first rinse, but I’ve also heard that shampoo for color treated hair works too.

    • LLADYBIRD April 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

      Oh yeah, I wash everything on cold. Less for the color-retaining benefits and more because I’m just cheap ๐Ÿ˜› hahaha!

  10. Kelly April 23, 2014 at 9:13 am #

    This is one of those dresses that you will feel beautiful in no matter what! It’s just perfect! I just got a piece of silk jersey from mood to make into a tee or something, and I just threw it in the wash to pre-treat too. It seemed to come out just about the same, maybe a bit less lustrous, but seriously, better to have something you will actually wear and that won’t be totally destroyed if you accidentally wash it.

  11. Deb Glosek April 23, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    So beautiful Lauren, and the fit is perfect!

  12. Michelle April 23, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    This is beautiful! I think it was well worth taking the extra time for the facings on this dress. The result is exceptional. It looks high-end and designer! Gorgeous, as usual, dear.

  13. puu April 23, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    definitely not possible to be unhappy in those colors. and they are so YOU!

  14. weefrills April 23, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    Really pretty! I like all the colors in the print!

  15. colleen April 23, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    I am completely ready to fall in love with silk jersey. I’ve been buying up silk woven like a crazy person because….silk. I’m ready. I’ll pay. I have all the Liberty lawn I need so it’s time to move on. I love that dress. Just love it.

    • LLADYBIRD April 23, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

      It is soooo worth it! Go forth and get you some!

  16. Nicola April 23, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    I’m curious about your laundry philosophy because I don’t want to be faffing about with hand washing or dry cleaning either… I’m making my first dress with a lined skirt and I didn’t notice til I got the lining home that it’s hand wash only -I know, rookie mistake! So it’s 100% polyester… would you stick it in the machine to pre wash or is that just asking to have to buy more?! Thanks!! Love your blog btw, it has inspired me! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD April 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

      I would prewash that shit in the washing machine, totally. If you’re really scared, cut a little 4″x4″ test swatch and wash it, and then see if the fabric changed properties or drastically shrunk (it probably won’t; polyester is good like that). Boo on handwashing haha!

      • Nicola April 25, 2014 at 1:59 am #

        Aces! Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Kathy Sews April 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    Now that’s just some juicy fabric.

  18. Grace April 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    I effing love it. I also love all your details – thank you for sharing!

  19. SeeKatSew April 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    I have to admit I only read about 2 % of this post, all I could was drool over the fabric. F^&^ing amazing.

  20. McCall Pattern Company April 23, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    Love this on you, Lauren! Great job of pairing pattern with fabric. Speaking of fabric, we recommend hand washing silk jersey to keep it looking new. Can’t wait to see what you make next! How about one of the new Vogues you like?!

    • LLADYBIRD April 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm #

      As soon as I can get my hands on some of those new patterns, I’ll be making them for sure! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Ines April 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Hi you did an amazing job. As far as the fabric choice it’s a winner, I always choose natural fibers b/c all natural fibers can be washed with cold water and a delicate sosp no prob and if its delicate I just put it inside a mesh bag before throwing it in the washer the last part is air dry it’s the heat that kills the color and the fiber , it’s a mini pain to air dry not too bad , air drying goes relativelt fast and it’s well worth the difference in results. I love silk!

  22. Birgit April 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    Lauren, you totally are my guru!

    For the dress: It’s gorgeous!!!! That fabric and pattern would look fab as a maxi-dress!

  23. Beth B. April 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

    Beautiful as always! I just ordered my first piece of silk from Mood (that gorgeous fuchsia stretch charmeuse on special today). I’m going to line a pink ponte Victoria Blazer with it ๐Ÿ™‚ Totally scared of silk, but inspired by your just-go-for-it attitude!

  24. Zoe April 23, 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    This is my new favourite of the things you’ve made. Love it. Great fabric, lovely simple design. Also, your hair is mad. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Debbie Iles April 23, 2014 at 6:48 pm #

    Ooooh I love LOVE love silk jersey. I’m pretty sure I’ve added this to my cart before…in one of my fill-up-the-cart-but-don’t-buy shopping bouts. You have totally done it justice. The dress looks fabulous!

  26. Sarah April 23, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    Chiffon, crepe de chine, satin – all my silks go in the washing machine. A cool iron takes care of the slubby appearance when i haven’t carefully hung the garment. Glad to know I’m not the only one who takes a wash and wear approach to silk.

  27. youngseamstress April 23, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    I found some silk jersey at a local fabric store not too long ago, and I think I’m in love. I haven’t bought any, but I’m really itching to have a go at Colette’s new knit dress pattern, so after making one in something a little less expensive first, I think a silk knit dress is on my summer sewing list!

  28. Maris Olsen (@sewmaris) April 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm #

    Love this pattern, and your version Lauren! Silk likes to be washed, but you might think about hang drying instead of throwing in the dryer. And if you can stand it hand-wash in baby shampoo. Just sayin! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Suzie April 23, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    Wow, gorgeous dress! The fabric is perfect for it (I wasnยดt shocked when I saw the price, slik jersey here in Austria is about 90 dollars/yard) and suits you well ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Kathryn April 24, 2014 at 2:05 am #

    I think this is possibly one of my favourites of your makes, and that’s saying something as I like everything you make! This fabric looks do gorgeous & much better than authentic 70s sweat-inducing polyester!

  31. missjoiedevivre April 24, 2014 at 3:19 am #

    The colours are incredible, and the dress is stunning. Just beautiful!

  32. Danica April 24, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    What a beautiful dress. It suits you well. I’m totally with you on the washing machine only requirement. Good to know also that one may wash silk jersey on cold. I would never have bought any because of the whole dry cleaning issue.

  33. Susan April 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    This is the best garment you’ve made in the year I’ve been reading. I lived thru the first go at the DVF dresses in the 70’s and yours is better.

  34. Kate April 25, 2014 at 8:20 am #

    I agree. I hate getting things drycleaned and just use my washing machine to pretreat fabric. Even when it’s wool and smells like wet dog. Cold wash all the way.

  35. Erin April 25, 2014 at 9:01 pm #

    So frickin’ awesome. I am in love with that fabric.

  36. Carolyn April 26, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Hooooo-eeeeee! Look at the hot tamale! That dress is gorgeous, and you`ve got the fit perfect! This is making me think of the piece of silk jersey I’ve been hording the last several years. It’s lighter weight and much slinkier than your’s, but so, so luscious. I need to get serious about finding what to make with it, I want to wear that fabric! But in a hunter green it’s going to be for fall/winter. Does your dress feel as amazing to wear as it looks?!

  37. mertxelasierra April 27, 2014 at 4:46 am #

    Perfect fabric and perfect make, babe! I am definitely trying it out. Like you, I totally love jersey and knits to sew them. Half the clothes I made are stretch. And I love the wrap dress. Comfortable, ladylkie, classic and modern, they are a must! So, we add silk into the equation, and you’ve got a 100% success of a dress. Natural fibers are starting to be just necessary for me…Regarding the washing, I would have washed it by hand, which might be a middle point. You know, you let it soak in cold water and a soap for delicates, and then rinse it and hang it to dry. This is not so agressive as the killer combination washing machine and dryer, and still can be made at home with no much work. The silk is worth it!

  38. beklet April 27, 2014 at 11:42 am #

    This has bog all to do with your dress (it is pretty though) but waiting so see how much extra traffic you get after Tilly recommended your blog in a sewing mag……loads more British fans for you ๐Ÿ˜€

  39. Sara April 30, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Do you know if this is the same pattern as Vogue 1548, just with different sleeves? I’ve never seen 1610 anywhere (excepting eBay for close to $100 — as if!!) but I have seen 1548. It just terrifies me LOL. I’m short and petite (actually we are practically body doubles – ha) so I’m afraid of the neckline falling too low on me, but if it’s similar to your 1610 — stunning, BTW — then I wouldn’t be worried about it.

    • LLADYBIRD May 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm #

      The do look pretty similar, but it’s hard to tell without looking at the line drawings and the instructions ๐Ÿ™‚ I say go for it! I don’t think the neckline will be super low (plus you can always pull the dress a little tighter to “modest it up” ha); it doesn’t look so bad on the envelope ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Sara May 2, 2014 at 11:54 am #

        I believe I will, thanks!!

  40. Christa Marie May 7, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Quick question on your Version 1 – Version 2 comparisons! On your first DVF, you had the wrap go from your right to tie on your left, but on your second one, you have the wrap go left and tie on the right — personal preference, fabric cut on the opposite side, or just decided to switch it up a bit? I notice on the pattern it wraps right & ties left… just wondering if there was a reason!

    PS. So FREAKING jealous of your DVF find!

    • LLADYBIRD May 7, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

      Haha, honestly, I just switched the side because I liked the way the pattern design looked in a direction opposite the instructions ๐Ÿ˜› I could switch it back (getting it to wrap is really just a matter of having a small opening in the side seam), but like I said… I thin the print placement this way ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. francescapia` May 7, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Wow! This is amaaaazing! I have been looking for the perfect wrap dress and have my eye on a DVF pattern which is way above my usual limit – you have almost persuaded me to get it. The fabric is amazing too – gorgeous! I am like you – I hate dry cleaning, I don’t want all those chemicals on my skin thank you very much, nor do I wish to pay for the privilege. So I wash everything before I make it. If it’s a fine wool that is supposed to be dry cleaned only – like some Dormeuil suiting I got my hands on recently ๐Ÿ™‚ – then I wash a little piece to make sure it will survive. Usually does. Texture might change somewhat but like you say,….. BUT i only hand wash stuff like that – the very special ones – like some fine Liberty wool I got which again was dry clean only. I would probably treat silk jersey the same. Then I spin everything in the machine so the weight doesn’t distort them while they’re drying.

    Once again, congratulations. Oh, and your hair colour is divine.


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