Have you seen the stretch fabric dress pattern Colette Patterns released earlier this year? The Moneta dress.
I’m not really a big fan of PDF patterns, but somehow I just had to have this pattern. I made a jersey dress with the pattern this summer, and now I have made a winter version that will see me through the cold season.
The fabric is a wool/acrylic blend from Rainbow Tekstil with small colour-full dots, almost like slub-yarn. The fabric was somewhat see-through, so I knew from the start that I would have to line it.
The lining fabric I chose was a 1×1 rib wool fabric from Janus. I absolutely love the colour -a bright fuchsia colour. However, this two knitted fabrics are quite different when it comes to stretchiness. The main fabric has hardly any stretch to it at all. And the wool rib lining had maybe as much as 20 % stretchability. Oho.
Combining stretch fabrics
When you want to combine two fabrics with very different stretch abilities there are a few things you’ll have to remember. For one check that what you want to do is at all achievable. Then you will have to cut the most stretchy fabric smaller than the not so stretchy one. Fore me, that meant that I cut the lining approx. 2 sizes smaller than the shell.
I decided not to line the sleeves, as that’s a place where see-through-ness isn’t really a problem. I lined the body and overlocked the sleeves to both layers in one operation. The overlock seam at the inside doesn’t really bother me. The skirt is also lined, but stops about 20 cm from the edge of the skirt.
Thanks to my overlocker this was a rather quick project to make.
I think that all in all I used no more than three hours from starting to cut to finished dress. And I’m so happy about the result. The dress is warm and stylish. Only downside is that because of the low wool content in the main fabric it has to be washed after every single time. Airing it, like I normally do with my wool garments just won’t cut it.
And finally I will leave you with a quirky pose photo. 🙂