A Forties Inspired Sailor Dress: OOlong Pattern Revision

I know these photos are totally silly ! But it was fun.
This is the sailor dress I finished two weeks late for the Sew Weekly Challenge. Well, I did go on a road trip last week to Oregon so I had to work out the kinks when I got back. I used Collette’s Oolong pattern but cut it in a size 0 because I was using a stretch double knit and wanted it to be clingy like the Stop Staring Dresses I wrote about in an older post. I wanted to make a forties style dress but in a clingy knit like the dresses in my post and shown below here. I took it in a lot in the skirt, shortened it, changed the sleeves, and lowered the neckline. I added bias self binding to the neckline and sleeves too. I also didn’t gather up the bodice in center. So it can be done! When sewing a knit in a pattern not designed for knits just make it up in about 2 sizes smaller than your normal size.


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  1. says

    That dress is so stinkin’ cute! Hmm, I think I may have to get that pattern for myself now.

    You did a fabulous job working with the knits, and the stripes are just perfect. I love it!

  2. sertyan says

    Beautiful dress, photos and you pose very well too!

    Great variation of the Oolong!

  3. says

    This is a stunning rework of an already great pattern – I adore it! You look so beautiful and happy in these pictures – what an amazing job!

  4. says

    So gorgeous! I kept staring at this pattern, thinking “I bet I could use a more stable knit for this”, so I’m super excited to see that you did! 🙂 Absolutely lovely!

  5. Anna. Kathryn Vaughn says

    Now that’s just drop dead gorgeous. You need your own magazine cover. Seriously.

  6. Mongs says

    what a cute dress! You’re so good!