Completed: A Black Wool Jersey Wrap Dress

14 Oct

Something that has been missing from my closet for a very very (very!) long time has been the class Little Black Dress. I know, it’s supposed to be a staple, and lord knows I’ve noticed the hole more than a couple of times over the past few years. Part of the reason why I’ve never bothered trying to rectify the situation is that black fabric is so BORING to sew. Send me to the fabric store with black intentions, and I’ll come home with acid-washed polka dots. Or something.

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

That being said, I knew I needed to eventually make one of these bad boys – they’re so versatile and useful to have (and I guess they’d be convenient to have should I need to attend any funerals or KISS concerts, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can prolong both situations for a very very long time). My upcoming trip kind of sealed the deal for me – well, that and this fucking fabulous fabric. It’s like fate, y’all!

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

To keep things interesting (while still retaining the whole This-Needs-To-Be-A-Plain-Backdrop-Type-Dress), I decided to make my LBD a Little Black Wrap Dress. And who else to use as my inspiration than the Lady of the Wrap Herself – Diane Von Furstenburg! Yeah!!

Actually, this dress is kind of a bastardization of my beloved Vogue 1610/DVF. But, you know, sometimes we have to make sacrifices.

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

I started with the bodice from the pattern – I’ve got the fit pretty much perfect as far as those things go. However, I knew I wanted to try a non-gathered skirt and I also needed long sleeves (which this pattern does not provide). Rather than buy myself a copy of Vogue 1548 (and probably sacrificing some goats or some shit as well because, holy mother of god, that price) (ugh, still want that pattern with every fiber in my soul, tho), I decided to take advantage of my favorite pattern – the Frankenpattern. Oh yes, I Frankensteined the shit out of this pattern.

Like I said, the bodice is indeed the original Vogue 1610. I sewed everything as normal (for me – I’ve made some construction modifications to get the neckband to fit better), except I left off the back tucks. For the sleeves, I used the long sleeves from my Lady Skater pattern. For the skirt, I used the Miette pattern and simply flipped it around so the wrap was in the front.

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

And you know what? I think it turned out PRETTY FREAKING LEGIT, which is great considering I just started cutting without any muslins/testing/second thought. This could have been a Disaster Dress. Thank god it’s not.

If you want to Frankenpattern, you definitely need to check beforehand that the measurements for whatever you’re attaching match – so, your bodice will be the same size at the bottom as the top of the skirt (or the sleeve caps match, or whatever). For the sleeves, I just cut them and sewed them as whatever (although, looking back, I think I sewed them with a 5/8″ seam allowance instead of the included 3/8″, so they’re very fitted. Ah! It worked out here ok, but better pay attention to those seam allowances in the future). For the skirt, I did add an extension to the front pieces, so I’d have a facing to fold back (same as on the original gathered skirt). I took a little bit out of the center back seam – enough so that the back skirt measurement matched the back bodice where they connect – but other than that, I didn’t do any other modifications.

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

So. This fabric. I picked this up at Mood Fabrics in NYC when I was there most recently (how many more times can I say that? Sorry, I’m just blasting through all the AWESOME SHIT I BOUGHT). It was up there on the 3rd floor, being my dream wool jersey and all. I can’t remember what designer claims this wool, but, you know… it’s ~designer (ooh la la). It’s also the softest wooly knit I’ve ever been privy enough to touch and omg it’s like a little black cloud of softness. I love it so much.

Pretty sure there was a hoard of women behind me all getting grabby hands as I was getting this cut, too. Raise your hands if you came home with the dream black wool knit! And then please share with the group what you’ll be making from it πŸ™‚

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

Sewing this up was very easy, very fast. I used my serger for almost the entire thing, and then just slip stitched down the facings and hems by hand. What’s nice about this fabric is that it has a little bit of texture, so stitches don’t show on the outside πŸ™‚

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

Here’s a horrible picture of the hem/facing. I just serged the edges and sewed them down by hand. Easy!

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

This is probably my favorite part of the dress – an official tag! Yesss!! Kelly sent me this as a little surprise – originally intended for my silk jersey DVF, but it’s been sitting on my pinboard this whole time because apparently I hate modifying things after I’ve finished them (even tags, I guess). I decided to save it for this dress because, well, why the hell not? It looks so good in my neckline, woohoo.

Also, while we’re talking about Kelly – can we talk about her DVF 1548 and oh my god that is stunning and now I’m jealous.

As a side note – that yellow tag is just a little piece of ribbon. I added it so Landon & I would have an easier time doing laundry – anything with the yellow tag can’t be washed in the machine (because, you know, wool). After destroying some wool garments by accidental washing (the saddest were my brown old man trousers, wah), I figured we probably needed a tagging system. I first thought about creating – or buying – care tags, until I realized that was dumb and ribbon is free. So there you go.

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics
Anyway, this dress will make a fine addition to my traveling capsule wardrobe. Solid black, easy to dress up or down, warm (!!!) wool, and check out that wrap! I’d like to see a gusty London wind try to turn me into a panty flasher! Ha ha ha!

DVF Black wool dress made with Mood Fabrics

And now, I have nothing more to say. So instead, tell me – what kind of jewelry would look good with this dress? I just realized I own, like, 3 necklaces and help me I need to adult.

 

*Disclosure: This fabric was provided to me for free, in exchange for contribution to the Mood Sewing Network (well… I think it was free. I got a LOT of stuff that day and dropped a WAD of cash! Ha!).

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86 Responses to “Completed: A Black Wool Jersey Wrap Dress”

  1. helen October 14, 2014 at 7:41 am #

    This is great. Would you believe that found an uncut copy of that DVF 1548 in my local op shop , in my size for 99c. I kid you not. I just about fell over when I found out how much they were selling for. I’m a bit scared to make it up though!

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

      Ummm, that is amazing! Totally jealous (although I can’t be too jealous – that’s how I found my 1610! Well, estate sale, but, safe difference :P). You know, if you ever just want to unload that scary pattern, I’d be more than happy to take it off your hands… HAHA! But seriously, don’t be scared of it! Get some jersey that you don’t mind mucking up and try it out!

  2. smonakey October 14, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    That’s absolutely gorgeous! The fabric looks divine & the finished dress is amazing. You put the real DVFs to shame!

  3. hashigal October 14, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    OMFG! That’s brilliant!! Especially the lack of gap there. I’m highly impressed by the lack of gap. You really have got that bodice sorted.

    • hashigal October 14, 2014 at 8:08 am #

      And obviously by gap, I meant gape, as in cape. Cape worn by Snape drinking grape type gape.

      • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

        Ha! You are funny πŸ™‚ And yes, lack of gap(e) is a big win for me, woohoo!

  4. Aj Ylizaliturri (@smaktcat) October 14, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    Oh I am Lovin this one.

  5. tinygoldenpins October 14, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    That’s really very beautiful. Rachel from Balanced on Etsy does some really unusual necklaces. I’ve ordered a lot of earrings and a beaded piece from her and I love her:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/balanced

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

      Oh, those are lovely! Thanks for the link πŸ™‚

  6. sparkleneedles October 14, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    It’s fabulous. Paris and London are going to be wowed!

  7. Nedoux October 14, 2014 at 8:14 am #

    I laughed a lot πŸ™‚

    Heck! I even learned a lot.
    “Frankenpattern”?! absolute genius

    I agree with you, that official tag is officially the best detail in this chic dress ( I insist there’s a pun in there somewhere *steely gaze*) πŸ™‚

  8. ShanniLoves October 14, 2014 at 8:18 am #

    That yellow tag is a great idea! I have my own laundry basket and my hubs knows to stay away from it. But that means I have to do my own laundry. 😦

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

      Aw, I love doing laundry! Ha! I’m weird like that (I also looove washing dishes. No, seriously.). But even I sometimes forget what can/can’t be washed, so it’s good to have this tagging system so I don’t fuck something up!

  9. Anna October 14, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    That ribbon idea is *genius*. And the dress is pretty cute, too. Jewellery/accessory-wise, I’m thinking big statement brooches, or maybe just a pretty fancy silk scarf.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

      Dude, I felt SO smart when I thought that one up! Ha!

      I love the idea of a brooch – or a statement scarf! Dont’ have many of those, but that doesn’t mean I can’t start a collection, yeah? πŸ™‚

      • Anna October 15, 2014 at 5:28 am #

        Thrift stores can be great for both. Or Etsy!

  10. LinB October 14, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    Classic pearls (don’t have to be real ones). Twist them around a scarf for a different look. Or go all 1920s and have multiple strands that drip down to your waist — you can never have too many pearls.

  11. Miss Celie October 14, 2014 at 8:40 am #

    I do all the laundry because if my husband destroyed clothing I would crucify him. That said, I’ve ruined some wool myself and it’s the worst feeling. I love the banding on this dress!

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

      I wanted to be mad at Landon for destroying my pants (the exact scenario: I was at the flea market, and I got a text from him with a photo of the pants saying, “Can I put these in the dryer?” Me: “umm… you shouldn’t have put them in the washer!” o_O), but, honestly, they were anything ~super special. Not an expensive or rare fabric or anything. I can always make more. But, ugh, that was a rough text to get!

  12. elizabeth de sosa October 14, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    If you want to be Lady Adult for the AMAZING LBD(posted 10/14/14): Pearls.

    But, can’t go wrong whatever you do – great LBD.

    I have serious envy.

  13. ekabby111 October 14, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Is there where I start an open thread for us all to whine about our husbands/boyfriends/significant others/parents/houseplants doing laundry in a way that ruins clothing? Because my beloved Bret once threw the rag that he used to clean out the grease trap in the kitchen in the load with all his dress shirts.

    Now he has a bunch of new dress shirts.

    • francescapia October 14, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Bitchin! That is so fuckin gorgeous! And I looked at your other makes of this pattern (God I’ve been trying to find a DVF pattern somewhere close to affordable for EVER) and they are totally sublime too! Plus your hair – I loved that red gold on you the most – you look stunning with that colour – but the peacocky hair in the second version is too beautiful for words… having said that, this blue right now is also fab – oh shut up Francesca:)…

      That fabric looks so amazing. I wish their overseas shipping charges weren’t so outrageous. i have to try to get some more black merino – I have 2 metres stashed which I am dilly-dallying about making as it is so precious….. not enough anyways…

      Lauren – thanks for your reply regarding the weft interfacing – t is so kind of you to take the time, especially when you have the trip on your mind. Really appreciate it. I will therefore order some of that. you are great, thanks.

      necklaces – hon, don’t bother. Wait till you’re in London where you’ll maybe see something really cute that will be a great souvenir (besides the fabric you will buy) – don’t just buy to have. I see that dress with something shortish and a pendant that will be framed by the V, or long dangly stuff of any description. But it would look amazing with any acarf – a long narrow one tied insouciantly round your neck, or a small kerchief in something bright tied around your neck French style.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

      HAHA. At least he ruined his own clothes, and not any of yours! Serves him right πŸ˜›

  14. knitmo October 14, 2014 at 8:53 am #

    I think appropriate jewelry for this dress would be anything you damn well please. It’s a LBWD (Little Black Wrap Dress) so anything goes. Pearls, to a colorful scarf, to a statement necklace of any color or variety.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:52 pm #

      Very true! Black does have that ability to go with pretty much anything πŸ™‚

  15. geekyseamstress October 14, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    Gorgeous dress! Absolutely love it. And that tagging system is brilliant. I definitely need to start doing this so my BF doesn’t accidentally destroy some of my makes.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

      It’s worked quite well for us so far! Of course, I try not to put anything wooly in the laundry basket to begin with, but this is a good second filtration system πŸ™‚

  16. Jennifer October 14, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    you know I love that yellow tag idea – i think im going to implement a similar one for my tumble drier! I also love the wrap dress. I’ve had a similar version on my to sew list for ages πŸ˜€

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

      Do it! Yellow tag saved my (clothes)life! πŸ™‚

  17. Margo October 14, 2014 at 9:20 am #

    Great dress!

  18. Kathy Sews October 14, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Classy lady! Love this so. I’ve had a black wrap dress on my to sew list for uhm… ever.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

      Time to get makin’! πŸ˜›

  19. Alicia @ Pandora Sews October 14, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    I am thinking a faux sapphire statement necklace to match your hair. Blue and black are a popular combination after all. Love the dress though…nothing like a good Frankenpattern!

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

      Ooh, I like that idea! And I even have a faux sapphire necklace that might work! Ahhhh!!

  20. Anastasia October 14, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    Slightly off topic, but since you mentioned dream fabric it made me think of this – searching for something else entirely on Google brought me to Spoonflower and they have bicycle fabric, lots of it (http://www.spoonflower.com/shop?utf8=%E2%9C%93&view=designs&category=&featured_tag=&sort=&filter=&available=&color1=&color2=&tag=&image=design&local=&shop=fabric&t=bicycle&x=0&y=0).

    You can get it in multiple types of fabric, too. I have no personal experience with their (pricey) fabric, but I have ordered custom wrapping paper from them before and it was very nice stuff.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

      Ah, those are all so fun! Can always use more bikey fabric in my life πŸ˜€

  21. Kelly October 14, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    This is perfect! You just can’t lose in a dress like this!

  22. Katie Lynn October 14, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    I will point your towards forever 21 and their amazing and weird collection of cheap necklaces. http://www.forever21.com/Product/Category.aspx?br=f21&category=acc_jewelry-necklace there are some really great ones on the front page here, which is as far as I got for fear of my wallet.

    I agree with the people saying pearls as an option, but maybe not for this trip. If the necklace you’re bringing couldn’t work for multiple items in a pinch it can’t go. Pearls can be very specific. I do have a long strand of grey freshwater pearls that don’t feel so stuffy, but the regular white pearls I own are only for funerals or other really fancy but staid occasions.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:55 pm #

      I don’t know if I can bring myself to buy anything from F21 😦 Their business practices are something I feel very strongly against, but even barring that, I just don’t like buying cheap stuff (because then it falls apart and I get sad). But you’re right- they do have some really fun stuff out right now!

  23. mahlicadesigns October 14, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    I just drafted my next blog post about my Frankie dress aka Frankenstein. Redrafted the bodice and redid the skirt from another pattern. Looks nothing like the original pattern . hopefully I can get some good pics today.
    I’d go with longish silver chain. I love black and silver.

  24. alliedpassagetranslations October 14, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    A pearl choker would be SUPER pretty (and fancy!), but otherwise a nice understated silver necklace (v-shaped) would be my bet!

  25. McCallPatternCompany (@McCallPatternCo) October 14, 2014 at 11:13 am #

    Nice job! Every woman needs a black wool jersey wrap dress like this one. Can’t believe you have an authentic tag! I haven’t even seen one of those around here! β€”Meg

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm #

      Ooh, y’all totally need some for your McCall history displays! The tag is a such a classic πŸ™‚

  26. Andi October 14, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Your dress is beautiful, but I’m most impressed by that ribbon system! That’s such a good idea.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

      Thank you! I’m pretty pleased with myself for thinking of it hahah πŸ™‚

  27. Sylvie October 14, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Love your headband!!

  28. marcyhmakes October 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    So jealous. I’ve been looking for a good wrap dress pattern (currently preggers and need flexible clothing options).

  29. Michelle Rivera (@makemamarepeat) October 14, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    Okay, so being a plus sized mama I usually run for the hills when I see the words “wrap dress” because it’s so overdone for what’s acceptable when you’re fat. But this dress is REALLY cute, the wool fancies it up a ton but it still looks really comfy! Nice job homie!

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      Girl, no way, if anyone can rock a wrap dress better than EVERYONE else, it’s a plus sized lady (I feel the same way about strapless dresses). Have you seen Cashmerette’s collection of wrap dresses? That girl looks amazing in everything she puts on, but the wraps are my favorite πŸ™‚

  30. JamieDSC October 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Love it, I just stopped by to say that “black intentions” is going to be the name of my heavy metal band. LOL.

  31. Judith October 14, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Love it! I always want to wear knit dress in the winter but it’s hell when you have to wear tights. Do you know a way to put a lining and what lining fabric to use?

    • francescapia October 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

      Just wear a half slip πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

      What francescapia said – don’t bother with lining, just wear a half slip πŸ™‚ That’s what I do πŸ™‚

  32. Caj October 14, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

    Absolutely love your dress Lauren, you definitely have nailed the fit, it looks gorgeous on you.

  33. Anonymous October 14, 2014 at 2:41 pm #

    Oh no…my condolences for the brown old man pants :(. I remember reading that post, and was impressed by them. RIP.

  34. Kit October 14, 2014 at 4:43 pm #

    All I can say is WOW!!! How do you get your sleeves to lie flat? Mine always pucker…novice that I am.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

      Well, these are knit sleeves, so they’re less likely to get any puckers due to the stretch πŸ™‚ I also press them after I sew them, which helps. If you’re having problems with woven set-in sleeves that pucker, try sewing a basting line at 5/8″ (or whatever your seam allowance is) and using that to ease, instead of 2 basting lines. The single basting line tends to ease better, I’ve noticed.

  35. Dawn -The Winter Queen October 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    Errr London in November…Im thinking fancy scarf rather than necklace! :)x

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

      WHY NOT BOTH! πŸ˜‰

      • Dawn -The Winter Queen October 15, 2014 at 10:26 am #

        Indeed!! Scarf for day necklace for night πŸ™‚
        Was just makin sure you were prepared that’s all!! πŸ™‚
        Our winter’s are harsh lol

  36. Molly Lindell October 14, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    Beautiful dress and fabric.

  37. Kylie October 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    The dress is perfect – and soo practical/multifunctional for the trip πŸ™‚ I swear by my blackwool wrap dress (not DVF but by Macpac!) for traveling. Necklace-wise, check out Tatty Divine when you are in London. Quirky and pretty, might suit your style πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm #

      Ooh, will do! Thanks for the tip!

  38. Jo October 14, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    This is such a dream! Basics aren’t boring when they’re this good! That wool sounds amazing. I totally want to copy you πŸ™‚ no necklace suggestions because I too fail at accessories. Lol!

  39. sally October 14, 2014 at 7:41 pm #

    totally awesome. truly. maybe a simple silver chain. less is more.

  40. Heather M October 14, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Very nice, your usual seamstress magic!
    For a unique necklace check out http://www.waridesigns.com made by a Peruvian native and marketed by his wife – and they will put together a design at your request. inexpensive for how stunning they are. I met them at a Ft Collins farmer’s market recently. They have a Facebook page too.

    • LLADYBIRD October 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

      Wow, those are GORGEOUS! Might be too much necklace for me, but they are fun to look at πŸ™‚

  41. Geni October 15, 2014 at 12:14 am #

    Okay Lauren,
    You must wear some chunky yellow OR red beads with this dress. I think red would be best…but definitely chunky.

  42. Indoor Kitty October 15, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    Gorgeous. If you ever do a class on getting a wrap/surplice neckline to not gape, I’m coming to Nashville. My tiramisu was a postpartum fitting disaster that never made it past the muslin.

    As for the care tag “ribbon,” I totally did that with the baby clothes. Husband gets nervous without instructions. I wish I could figure out a way to get him to notice the “no dryer” stuff. He just doesn’t see it all tangled together in the washer. Brightly colored mesh bag, maybe?

  43. Melissa S. October 15, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    I love looking at We Dream in Colour jewelry (http://wedreamincolour.com/shop.php) but I haven’t actually bought anything from her because it’s not really my style anymore. To be perfectly honest, the jewelry I find myself preferring these days is simple and minimal. A little gold or silver necklace or bracelet, or maybe some small, simple earrings. Like, if I could find just one or two simple things that I could wear forever, I think I would be fine with that.

    • LLADYBIRD October 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

      Wow, pretty much every piece of jewelry on that website is amazing – AND they have a stockist that is literally like 3 miles from my house. Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this link πŸ™‚

  44. puu October 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    i was there with my grabby hands trying to steal it from you – but this is a make worthy of the fabric πŸ™‚

  45. Tatiana October 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    This is a beautiful dress, Lauren. And it is such a great idea to use the miette skirt pattern flipped around. I am starting my own miette skirt in lightweight denim fabric that I found on Mood website (I learned about Mood Fabrics from your blog and I love this store!).
    As for the necklace for your dress, I think I would choose a longer silver chain with a pendant that falls just below the chest to complement the v-shaped neckline. Maybe, something like this:
    http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/shopsale-jewelryaccessories/28182608.jsp#/

  46. SeeKatSew October 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    Love the dress. You have yet to make anything I wouldn’t wear. For jewelry – anything. Big and bold and bright, or keep it 70’s and go with gold.

  47. Kayse October 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    This is GORGEOUSSSSSS!

  48. sewcookgardenrepeat October 19, 2014 at 8:57 am #

    Stunning!!! And the bow is super cute too! Very “English”. If it were me (and if you’d like to blend in in London a bit), I would get some bright tights (mint maybe? mustard?), and wear accessories that match, but only one or two. Statement necklaces I think would look best. But that’s just my personal opinion. Might want an umbrella too. One of those see through ones, but with some polka dots. No one will ever know you’re not from London πŸ™‚ Haha

  49. Wari Designs October 24, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    I love this dress and thank Heather for suggesting us! I agree that a Wari Designs would look pretty with that dress. I know they seem a bit big for you but I’d happily let you try a smaller one (for free). Do you have a favorite stone color?

    • LLADYBIRD October 26, 2014 at 11:36 am #

      Ah, I’d love to try one of the designs! Thank you so much for offering πŸ™‚ I really love turquoise and onyx (and I think both would look good with that dress). Would love to discuss this with you further – you can email me at lladybirdlauren AT gmail DOT com πŸ™‚

  50. missjoiedevivre November 9, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    This dress is gorgeous! And I’m in awe with the fit, especially given its a frankenpattern. Abdominal I think red beads would look great.

    I’ve never come across wool jersey before. Sometimes I don’t knows if these gaps are a language thing (zippers vs zips); because my country is tiny and we miss out on lots; or because I have gaping holes in my knowledge. How does it compare to the NZ merino you have?

    • LLADYBIRD November 10, 2014 at 6:52 am #

      Well, the biggest difference is that NZ merino is machine-washable, whereas my US wool jersey is not. If I put mine in the wash, it shrinks and felts up like a wool sweater 😦 It’s also not *quite* as soft as the merino, but there are different levels of itchy, depending on the wool you get. I’d guess they probably have similarities to the differences between wool yarn, and merino wool superwash yarn… if that makes sense.

      • missjoiedevivre November 10, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

        Thanks, it does indeed make sense! I can stick with the merino then and not feel like I’m missing out on too much πŸ™‚

  51. Naomi March 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm #

    Gorgeous dress! It looks so cozy. I have noticed a lot of sewing bloggers love wool but I always thought it was scratchy. The only wool I have ever owned was a sweater that was still itchy even when I wore a shirt underneath it.

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