Easter is just a few days away and I am more than a bit behind on sewing for it. Case in point: my lack of dress for the occasion. However, the other day on the Jalie Facebook group, Bonnie had posted that she morphed the crossover neckline of Jalie 3024 (the classic dress) with the boatneck with sleeves to come up with an entirely new look…. and it’s perfect! Since I needed something with sleeves, but love the crossover style, I decided that I would set out to make this for myself, too.
I had originally pulled a Nicole Miller print out for this design, but never could find a solid that would match with any of the colors, so I dove into the stash once again and pulled out a rayon (almost slinky) knit fabric that I had picked up ages ago from Needle Nook Fabrics.
Morphing this pattern was fairly easy – I had traced off the crossover style, then laid what I had traced over the boatneck pattern piece (lining up the sides as a reference) and traced off the sleeve area (or extended the tank). Sewing the material, however, was not easy. This fabric, while it looks fabulous, was a booger to work with – not only is it thick to sew, but has a tendency to skip stitches so this dress took a bit longer than what I expected to make…. but still sewed up quickly overall!
Even though this pattern has been in my stash for ages, it was my first time sewing it up. It was a quick sew and I can see myself making the boatneck version in the future when I need a slightly dressier style to wear out. The fit is great too, although the neckline is a bit low and may require a shell or modesty panel over the bustline for church. However, between the fabric type and the dress style, I need spanx for this to look the most flattering… you know just a little something to smooth out the tummy area. Otherwise, I am in love with this dress – thanks Bonnie for sharing your idea!