Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Knock, Knock... Missoni Knock-Off

When I bought this fabric last year, it was going to be a Sandra Betzina sweater vest, but when the big Missoni trend hit this fall, I decided it deserved more. I did some research, gazing at endless Google images, trying to find one that would work with my fabric and be similar to a pattern I already owned.
This was in the running, but I didn't have the energy to track down a solid for the color blocking...


But, it was this one that made me stop in my tracks!



McCalls 6282 was already in the sewing room, and the 2 yards of zigzag sweater knit from Emma One Sock would finally become a real show-stopper (at least I hope so).


The fabric has threads of burgundy, black, olive green, mustard, and a few other typical "fall colors". I think I did pretty well, although my version has 3/4 sleeves (winter in Michigan is COLD), and I should've listened to my gut and eliminated the waist gathers.





The pattern was crazy easy to follow, and I lined it with this wonderful knit lining from Gorgeous Fabrics. Just one yard of lining, as I just didn't line the sleeves.


I didn't really follow the pattern, since I wanted to test the fit with the lining. So, I constructed that first, then attached the sweater knit to the lining neckline, then stitched the side seams closed. Absolutely no hemming here, as I traced the final length on the pattern pieces, then lined them up on the selvedge, even the sleeves.


I am very, very happy with the final product, as the fit is spot-on, and it's super comfy for looking so polished. The waist gathers will help hide any bumps or bulges, but I think this fabric isn't meant for gathers. It warranted a "Oh, WOW" from DH, so I must've done something right!

17 comments:

alethia said...

Great job!

The Hojnackes said...

That is a great dress!

Bunny said...

Great dress and you look wonderful. Are you doing something different with your hair, layers, color? It looks great.

Lori said...

Fantastic dress.

Amanda S. said...

How pretty! You look fabulous in it!

Kim said...

Gorgeous!!!!!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You look beautiful in this dress!

Anonymous said...

This is a great dress! You look super! Michigan Winters are very cold--from a Lansing teacher!

angie.a said...

You look great Kristine!

Irene said...

Oh, this is lovely!

Lindsay T said...

Thank goodness you are not my son's math teacher, because he would be going on and on about how hot Ms B is. Love this dress on you!

Beangirl said...

This is A.MAZE.ING. And I'm so jealous!! I've been eyeing those missoni knits for the past year but they're always in colors that don't suit me at all (which is a general thing with missoni, i guess, but "pooh").

You look fabulous (LindsayT's comment made me LAUGH).

Jenny said...

Gorgeous dress! Love the print and the style is so flattering on you!

sdBev said...

You sound like you have reservations, but from here, it's a very nice dress

Joycelyndl said...

Wonderful choice in the use of that lovely fabric! And it looks great on you.

Anna Christina said...

What a perfect choice for that fabric! I am really inspired by your weight-loss. Thank you for reminding me in an earlier post that excercising 3x a week will make a difference. I always give up when I fail to workout almost every day.

SEWN said...

Wow, you totally nailed the dress. It and you look fantastic!