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. I just love, love, love your dress.

  2. Love it!!! I can see some fabulous accessories with that dress!!

  3. Brandy Layton says:

    This turned out so well, stunning!

  4. I absolutely love it! What a great idea for the Oolong dress!!!

  5. 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!

  6. sorbetsurprise says:

    Lovely dress, every girl needs a sailor dress!

  7. Great dress, and wonderful pictures.

  8. Beautiful dress, photos and you pose very well too!

    Great variation of the Oolong!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. Anna. Kathryn Vaughn says:

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

  12. Marvelous, I need some dress sailor dress like this one!

  13. This is really gorgeous, I love it!!!

  14. what a cute dress! You’re so good!


  15. khriste B says:

    Fabulous. You look like a total bomb!!

  16. This dress is amazing1 LOVE it!

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