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Silk Jersey Twisted Dress Redux – Shorter yet Warmer

November 5, 2013

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

Well, I did it again.  I made another one of BurdaStyle’s Twisted Maxi Dresses out of one of Mood Fabric’s silk jerseys. And, there was no oops about it.  I got so much use out of my first silk jersey maxi dress this summer that I just had to make another to carry me through fall and winter.  Silk jersey is a delight to wear (seriously, I feel like I’m in pajamas when I wear these dresses yet they both look really pulled together), and the gathers in the front of this dress make it perfect for expanding over my ever-growing baby bump.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

This time around I used this taupe and black geometric silk jersey print.  To winterize the pattern I shortened the length and added sleeves.  Both modifications were fairly easy.  I simply chopped many, many (too many!) inches off the hem to convert the dress into an above-the-knee length, and I wrote about how I modified the pattern to fit sleeves here.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

Sewing with the silk jersey was straightforward.  I tend to switch back and forth between my regular sewing machine and my serger depending on what I think a particular seam needs, and this silk jersey handled itself beautifully in both machines.  The hardest part was thinking about pattern matching, particularly along the center front seam of the dress.  This seam is typically hidden in the gathers, but my baby belly is now large enough that the gathers are almost non-existent!  Therefore, I knew this seam would sit front and center every time I wore this dress this season.  Perhaps I could have fudged the pattern a bit and cut the front out on the fold, but since it does slightly taper in as it goes up, I just went for it.  I cut each piece on a single layer, paying careful attention first to matching the horizontal repeat, and then to making sure the stitching line on the seam was falling symmetrically down the vertical pattern.  When stitched together, the seam creates a vertical row of ovals that are thinner near the top, pretty close to perfect near the center, and wider at the bottom.  Can you see it in the photo above?   Finding the seam is probably easiest near the hem where the ovals get wider.  But, overall, I think the fabric’s print and the pattern’s gathers and drapes hide it pretty well.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

Since I shortened the dress, I also shortened the ties by the same amount.  I liked the way the long ties looked in the maxi version, but sitting on them over and over often made them come untied.  The shorter ties aren’t nearly as dramatic, but they’re cute and functional, and I really appreciate that they stay tied!

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

I think my added sleeve works really well to pull this dress into the fall and winter.  I used the Sewaholic Renfrew three-quarter sleeve pattern (which I’ve made loads of times in the past – see here and here for examples), and I know I’ll get lots more wear out of this dress with sleeves than I would if I’d tried to make it work sleeveless.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

Finally, about the hem – though I am really pleased with the little bit the hem band adds to the dress, it was not part of the original design.  Even though I measured twice before deciding how much needed to be cut off to convert the maxi dress into an above-the-knee length dress, my measurements still ended up being too much.  When I tried on the dress when it was mostly together, I was shocked and a bit embarrassed by how short it was.  Now that I’ve reached my mid-thirties, I’m finding it’s harder to pull off short skirts!  The easiest solution seemed to be to add a hem band, but I was not about to try to match the printed pattern.  So, I dug through my stash and found some of Mood’s black jersey leftover from my Cavalli Cowl.  A quick serge later, and my dress was just the length I wanted.  And, it had a cute hem band to boot.

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

My husband and I had such a fun morning taking these photos since we used it as an excuse to explore a new area of Seattle.  When we left our house, we knew it was going to be windy, but we hadn’t realized just how windy it would be near the water.  Here are some of the outtakes to prove that we were nearly blown over!

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

And, one final shot of the growing baby bump.  I wonder how big it’s going to get?!  Also, any guesses as to whether it’s a boy or a girl?  We didn’t want to find out, so it’ll be a big surprise for us come January.  But, very recently strangers have started telling me unprompted what they think it is.  So far we’re 2-1, so nearly tied with the few initial guesses.  Any guesses here from the peanut gallery?

Sew Well's BurdaStyle Twisted Dress in Mood's Silk Jersey

This post can also be found on Mood Sewing Network. I used my MSN allowance towards the purchase of the fabric.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. November 5, 2013 7:10 am

    Oh my goodness!! You are just too darn lovely! Your smile in those outtakes is so infectious it had me grinning like a goon at my computer screen! The dress is absolute autumnal perfection (as is the scenery – oh my god how I miss changing leaves!!) I love how you’ve converted your summery maxi to make it more fall appropriate, and I can’t imagine a more luxurious fabric than silk jersey to wrap your pregnant self in (or any self really!) And while I certainly have no experience with these things, I can imagine that both of your versions of this dress will be life savers after the babe arrives. In short, a brilliant pregnant and non-pregnant make!

  2. November 5, 2013 7:44 am

    This dress turned out beautifully! I love the print, can hardly see the center seam, and the band really makes it perfect. You look fantastic!

  3. Shams permalink
    November 5, 2013 7:56 am

    Very cute, Amy, and it makes a perfect maternity dress! So glad you are looking so well!

  4. November 5, 2013 8:23 am

    I just love it and you look fabulous in the pictures!

  5. November 5, 2013 8:58 am

    Aaah don’t you look pretty! And pretty warm :-)

  6. November 5, 2013 9:34 am

    Isn’t silk jersey just the greatest thing ever?! I have one silk jersey dress and I love it so much! Your dress and your bump are both looking fabulous!

  7. November 5, 2013 9:40 am

    This dress looks great on you! I really like the accidental hem band!

  8. November 5, 2013 10:02 am

    You look gorgeous! This style is great for fall with your modifications. I love the print and the band at the bottom!

  9. November 5, 2013 10:44 am

    This is so lovely! You look amazing! OK, I’m going to throw my hat in the baby prediction ring– I’m going with girl!

  10. November 5, 2013 11:54 am

    You make the most lovely pregnant lady! That dress looks super cozy. Love the outtakes!

  11. November 5, 2013 1:13 pm

    Wow look how big your belly is getting!:)
    I think it’s a girl;)
    Love the print, and the hem band is super cute

  12. November 5, 2013 1:13 pm

    I love it. Looks lovely on you. I’ll have to try this pattern as I have the magazine that it’s in. I do like it with the sleeves. Thanks for the inspiration.

  13. November 5, 2013 2:08 pm

    Oh wowsers! I want to make this dress for when I’m pregnant again, you just look so freaking perfect! You are absolutely glowing with your pregnancy; just beautiful. This dress is so amazing and I absolutely LOVE the black panel hem. I can’t believe that it was a last minute ‘fix-it’. It really adds to the dress! (Literally!)

    All the best for the rest of the pregnancy :)

  14. November 5, 2013 7:39 pm

    Gorgeous dress! I love the black band on the bottom and the silk jersey sounds so decadent!

  15. My Sewing Suite permalink
    November 6, 2013 7:07 am

    The dress is gorgeous. I love the print. I haven’t used silk jersey yet but may have to give it a try.

  16. November 6, 2013 12:20 pm

    I’m going to guess boy because it looks like you are carrying your bump a little low and that’s the lore I’ve heard: boys are carried low, girls are high. But, if it turns out I’m wrong, I’ve got a bunch of girl clothes I’d be happy to send you. :)

    Tip: it’s very hard to find gender neutral baby clothes (or neutral baby anything else like blankets and so forth) these days. However, the boys section often has more gender neutral colors and designs. Girls clothes generally contain one or more of the following elements: pink, ruffles, lace, glitter; and sometimes all of those things at once! We knew I was having a girl, but I was still trying to get things that were not too girly because I didn’t want to fall into gender stereotypes early. But, dude, it is practically impossible to buy gender neutral things!

    • November 6, 2013 12:20 pm

      I forgot to say, I think your dress is beautiful! It looks very chic. :)

  17. sberkes permalink
    November 6, 2013 10:41 pm

    Love this dress! I totally want to make the pattern now. The combination of the pattern and the black hem band turned out so lovely! What a great addition. It makes me want to add a solid band to a printed dress, so that oops definitely worked out in your favour!

  18. Roni permalink
    November 6, 2013 11:01 pm

    You look great, and the dress is lovely!

  19. November 7, 2013 1:00 am

    You look amazing. That dress looks fabulous on you and your growing belly. Congratulations.

  20. November 7, 2013 10:09 am

    Awwh, you look beautiful Amy!! The dress is gorgeous and sounds incredibly comfortable. I need to get my hands on some silk jersey!

    I love that you’re waiting to find out! How exciting. I’m going to say boy….

  21. November 7, 2013 7:36 pm

    The dress is gorgeous and you look fantastic. I say girl!!

  22. November 8, 2013 5:20 pm

    mmm, silk jersey. So delicious to wear! It’s a gorgeously printed jersey, too. The Burda dress pattern is just so perfect for pregnancy – comfortable AND uber flattering! The sleeves are brilliant :)

  23. November 9, 2013 5:39 am

    The dress and fabric are a great choice! You and the baby bump look beautiful!

  24. permalink
    November 10, 2013 5:07 pm

    This dress is beautiful, and so are you – you look so happy! I am tempted to make this for my daughter, who is expecting

  25. savingbymaking permalink
    January 16, 2014 6:41 am

    So pretty! Love your fabric choice and the wide cuff on the bottom of the sleeve. Looks fabulous and hope it has stayed comfy throughout the pregnancy! I will have to check out this pattern :)


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