Sunday, 27 January 2013

3D dress (Danni Dolman Dress)

At the beginning of January, Sarai from wrote about her wardrobe inventory and inspired me to do something similar.
When looking at my wardrobe critically, I realized that what hangs in my wardrobe does not entirely fit my lifestyle and the garments do not always go together. For instance, I own too many fancy dresses which I have worn only once. My wardrobe also lacks some simple essentials, and could benefit from a couple of classic pieces.

I've been thinking what if, from this year on, I start working on a more consistent but also more "grown up" wardrobe. Sounds like a lot of work to me, but I am ready to take on the challenge! 

Yesterday I worked on the muslin for a 3D dress (Danni Dolman Dress) from Style Arc as a first step in my mission.

This pattern is so easy, I could have drawn it myself. But I had already purchased it anyway. Cutting the fabric and sewing it together took me approximately one hour. Completing a project so fast boosted my confidence after spending days working on the Matthew Williamson dress!

Earlier this morning, I gave the muslin a test run. Whilst hanging out in Harajuku, we noticed a lovely photo spot ^^

As I mentioned, this is only a muslin; not a "real" dress. Even from the photos, you can see that this purple jersey is pretty thin and saggy. I can put it on to wear at home, go out for a quick shopping trip or late-night drinks with friends and hopefully nobody will see the imperfections. A proper version will be made from this more solid and heavier panel jersey knit purchased at Tesutti Fabric.

The 3D dress covers two essential points from my 2013 challenge: comfortable and classic. Also, I just love sewing with knits; they don't crumble, they need less fitting and they are super comfy to wear!

An interesting observation after my sewing couture seminar with Susan Khalje: on all six days of the seminar, all of the students (plus Susan) wore knits on a daily basis! Nothing more to add to that :)

Regarding the design, I avoided the back seam as I thought it unnecessary.

Do you also work on quick projects as motivation/to encourage yourself?


  1. This dress, even as a muslin, looks so good on you. The sleeves and neckline are perfect, but then you have styled it with stripey stockings and doc martins. Agree with your decision to remove the back seam, it would only distract from that beautiful rose material. Wow, regarding Susan and all the students wearing jersey all week. I too am trying to sew a slightly grown up wardrobe - or at least a few more work items, hence the Charlotte skirt sewalong. As an individual piece it isn't anything exciting and the material doesn't zing, but I think it will work well with other pieces in my work wardrobe.

  2. Inna, it looks so cute! I can't wait to see the final dress in the roses, and how they'll hang with the side drape. おめでとう!

  3. By the way, to reinforce the neckline I used your stay tape! Basics are definitely good and for that reason I like your Tiramisu collection very very much: cute, practical, comfortable! First, I have to finish my #sewingdare (sigh)

  4. You should sew one! You'd find it super easy. BTW, just in case it reads wrong, I LOVE your styling of stripey stocking and docs! :)

  5. Maider - Masustak Eguzkitan28 January 2013 at 09:24

    Me encanta todo el conjuntoooooo! Las medias y las botas son super bonitas. A mi todavía me resulta difícil trabajar con telas elásticas, pero como ahora tengo una overlocker tendré que mejora mis habilidades!!!!

  6. Gracias, guapa! Pero para trabajar con telas elasticas no necesitas la overlocker! Solo utilisa el punto de zig-zag o el punto triple de tu macina y ya esta ^^

  7. This looks absolutely fantastic! What a great fabric colour and fit. And that Tessuti fabric is divine- your next version is going to look super sharp :D

  8. Love this on you! It's the perfect combo of grownup + wearable! I totally love quick projects as palate cleansers between tougher projects. :)

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