Jessica dress #2

As much as we like to try out new patterns, we love our TNTs (tried and true). We love them because they fit, because we know which adjustments would make them even better. Often, we can sew them with our eyes closed. In some cases, we make a few garments using the same pattern in one go, but sometimes it takes a while before we come back to the pattern we love. After a two and a half year lapse, here is my second take on the Jessica dress.
I loved this dress from the very moment I put it on!  The design is versatile. It’s somewhere between casual and dressy, meaning I can wear it anytime without feeling either over- or underdressed. Suitable for knits, this dress is perfect for cycling, and so it has won my heart again. Last, but not least, I find this particular design in harmony with my on-going quest for a personal style.
The fabric I used for the second version is a little bit more luxurious than the previous one. I purchased two metres of this knit fabric from the Tessuti online shop last year and have kept it for something special. When it came to cutting the fabric, I faced a big dilemma: matching stripes! With only 2 metres of fabric it was quite a challenge to fit and match the pattern which requires 2m of fabric. It took me two evenings, lots of moaning and Instagramming, to try to figure out how to match the fabric in the most efficient way. Although, I knew I had to sacrifice a look of either back or front parts, the end result was  quite satisfying. I was glad I managed to match the front bodice panels, because that the front is  the first thing that catches the eye, and the back, because that’s the second thing that catches the eye :)

With Style Arc patterns, my top corresponds to a size 8 and the bottom to a 10. Since it’s always easier to modify the skirt, I ordered this pattern in a size 8, but have not made any changes to it except elongating the bodice by 10cm.. Oh yes, my waistline is longer than the average and extending the waistline is a common pattern adjustment of mine.

From the construction point of view, everything was pretty straightforward. Even if the pattern contains minimal instructions, there is a step-by-step technical drawing of the front piece (the knot part), which some may find a bit tricky. I serged most of my seams with the exception of the sleeves and the hem. The only piece which I took extra-special care of was the neckline binding; I handsewed it for a neater finish.
At this stage, I would like to think that the 3d dress will be made from some plain fabric and the Jessica pattern can be truly called my TNT. There are a few other patterns which I’d love to repeat this summer: the Soma swimsuit (this time a bikini version), another pair of the Jamie jeans and a few Nettie bodysuits/dresses/tops.

What about you? Who is the Queen of TNTs out there? What made you repeat the same pattern again and again? Were you happy with the repeated version?

Comments

  1. Inna, that dress is great on you. Those are really model shots there! The second picture is fabulous...well they all are but that one is stunning! That haircut and hair colour are fabulous on you...perfect! there´s something Japanese about it...I don´t know it just suits you! If I sound a bit over the top...it´s because I really like the whole thing ;o) Great job!

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  2. This has turned out brilliantly! Love the stripe effect - all your effort has paid off! I definitely would nominate myself as a repeat pattern offender -I've made the style arc Elle pants at least 7 times now, they're so perfect for me for work. And the tessuti Mandy tee. And a mashup of new look 6808 and the Colette laurel as a top and dress. And the Colette beignet twice with a third version cut out and a fourth planned. I love tweaking a great pattern and making a completely different look each time. It's more time efficient, cost effective and you get better results. Which all makes me happy!

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  3. Oh, I really like this! It looks stylish and comfortable at the same time. I actually rarely sew the same thing more than once - I hate the repetition of it. But maybe I just haven't found the right pattern yet!

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  4. This dress is so excellent and so you! And I agree with Silvia about your pictures too :-) I don't really have many TNTs, although maybe that's just because I rarely sew the same pattern more than once or twice. I always intend to but get distracted by new and shiny things!

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  5. Stunning! This is such a lovely style and the stripe matching is amazing, even on the shoulder! I bet StyleArc will be selling lots of these when everyone sees yours. Lovely sewing.

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  6. such a cool dress! and it looks to comfy too.. i love sewing patterns over and over again, usually with some small changes every time

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  7. Nadezhda Kopteva8 June 2015 at 12:07

    Отличное платье!!! Тебе очень идет!! Действительно, и непринужденное и достаточно изящное одновременно, на все случаи жизни!

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  8. Such a beautiful dress, and perfect in that stripe. Your first paragraph really hit home with me - there is SUCH comfort in TNTs ...to the point I feel uncomfortable being so comfortable. :)

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  9. An excellent dress! Your quest for a personal style definitely resonates with me. Figuring out what that is has been more difficult than I thought, at least in terms of my own style, anyway. I think this dress looks just perfect on you. It's such a great mix of feminine and interesting.

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  10. Beth (SunnyGal Studio)8 June 2015 at 16:29

    wow I love that, both versions and you are tempting me to buy that pattern but I will refrain for now (too many patterns :) you look great.

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  11. Gorgeous dress, it really works well with the stripes! I have made two Jessica dresses myself, I modified the pattern slightly to eliminate the pleats in the front skirt pattern, I love wearing both dresses and plan on making a couple more!

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  12. Dear Silvia, you make me blush :)

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  13. Cost effective! There are my keywords too!

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  14. Your Aster top looks like a good candidate for a TNT!

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  15. I know! I feel so tempted by trying new patterns too!

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  16. Hehe :) Thanks! I'll make sure to ask for commission!

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  17. I am quite the opposite: I like to try new patterns, but I like the idea of TNTs and I decided to start using more NOW :)

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  18. Love the dress! Looks great on you. My TNT is Butterick 4610 jacket. I'll be making a few more of that again. AND Grainline studio's archer button up. Thinking of making it sleeveless for the summer! xo

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  19. What a great dress, I love the effect of the wide stripe - I agree 'the' dress for any occasion! I seem to make a pattern twice but haven't yet gone back to make anything for a third time, there's always something else to sew.

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  20. Oh wow! This is absolutely smashing, Inna! The pattern matching for the front was totally worth it!! TNT wise I've made the Colette Patterns Iris Shorts 15 times over the years. They are my absolute work horse :D

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  21. There are so many cool patterns you want to try! I agree :)

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  22. After you figure out the pleats and the front knot, the Jessica comes together smoothly!

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  23. hehe :) I know what you are talking about! But honestly, there are so many patterns which we can easily adapt, instead of buying new ones! There are at least two BurdaStyle patterns which look very similar to the Jessica dress, one of them is this one

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  24. Haha :) I love this! The dress is, in fact, as comfortable as your red Moneta!

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  25. Nice dress and beautiful pictures!! I know no better TNT queen that Carolyn from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic...

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  26. I love the matched stripe bodice and the non matched lower half. Also you are gorgeous and these photos are divine.

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  27. I say, you have to be happy with whatever matches :)

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  28. I thinks about Gillian and a href="http://www.cleverthinking99.com/" rel="nofollow"> Maria

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  29. Sleeveless version! Nice!

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  30. Thanks, Bella! A quest for a personal style is eternal. . . . but I am getting there (or somewhere there) :)

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  31. Спасибо большое :) Я люблю одежки на все случаи жизни, чтобы не очень париться с переодеванием.

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  32. Oooh I did not know those blogs! Thank you!!

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  33. This style suits you so perfectly! Love the fabric and the way the stripes work with the front twist

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  34. Your first Jessica is beautiful (and I love your hair from that time! *^v^*), but somehow this one just screams "INNA!", it's so completely you! Great fit, great fabric and you matched the fronts perfectly.
    My TNT is the simplified Aquilano/Rimondi dress from Burda 01/2014, I can play with the pattern now, turning it into different dresses. Also, my self-reconstructed pattern for a 1958 batwing sleeve blouse that became the base for some of my dresses. Experimenting is fun but in the end we want clothes that fit and experiments can spoil the pretty fabric and make us frustrated. ^^*~~

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  35. I love it too. What are the options for raising the neckline on this pattern? I'm a bit too old for such a plunging neckline but like the drape.

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  36. Come on, Gail! You are a gorgeous woman! There is no reason for you not to show a some skin. The neckline in this dress is not very revealing: it is just longer than average but it's not wide enough to show lots of skin. As for your question, I have no idea how to raise a neckline on a twisted front, but, seriously, go for it! I would look great on you! X

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  37. It turns out, this was my last piece of stripped fabric. Yay!

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  38. I am not quite sure about experiments either, but sometimes, you should take the fabric you like and use it.

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  39. Such a striking dress! Brilliant use of the fabric.
    I've made five of my Maria Denmark Day-to-night dresses... they work everywhere!

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  40. fantastic dress - the stripes are great! I have made burda raglan tee 2/2013/ #127 5 times now - 3 long sleeve tops, 1 short sleeve top and 1 short sleeve dress

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  41. I have never used her patterns, but they seem super practical (read, bike friendly).

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  42. Sounds like an amazing use of patterns!

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  43. you cool cool cat !!! love the dress ... love the pics and the styling with the neon socks and the lace up shoes

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  44. Классное платье, и полоски так здорово ты сложила:)
    У меня наверное нет TNT, потому что я все время новое хочу:)) Плюс из кучи бурд, выкроек и т.п. столько хотелок, что никак не повторить что-то:) Хотя есть парочку, которые претендуют на эту роль - платье с princess seams, которое я шила себе и подруге, и парочка трикотажных топов:)

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  45. Wow, this looks so great on you! I can see why you made it again! I love your photos, too- fabulous! Let's see, the Grainline Alder dress is one I've made three times as well as the Deer & Doe Belladone. I think, for me, that a TNT happens when I always want to be wearing the garment! So something that feels really easy to wear, but is cute and stylish, quickly becomes a TNT for me. :)

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