Ok. I cannot be absolutely certain that this is Michael Kors fabric, but tell me isn’t there a strong resemblance between this and “The Michael Kors wedding dress” on People Magazine’s web site? The dresses worn by Jennifer Lopez and Naomi Campbell? Same print, different colorway.
The Sewing Pattern: McCall’s M6886, View C with neckline from B
The Fabric: Two dimensional knit jersey from Vogue Fabrics, Evanston. The tiles looks like an alligator’s or a crocodile’s backside. The tiles also look like they’re hanging by a bare thread, and some are actually beginning to fall off. I’m afraid to think of what might happen to this fabric when it gets washed. I’ll probably handwash this.
The Ins and Outs: For sewing intermediates, this was a straightforward, sew one side, one sleeve, the neckline, then other shoulder hem, the other sleeve, the side, etc. Of course, the pattern neglects to tell you that you need to stabilize the shoulder with clear elastic or something so it doesn’t stretch out over time. I use a narrow white woven tape in my stash.
My bad: I didn’t read the instructions on the neckline, and use a 5/8″ seam allowance not the 1/4″ inch that was suggested, making this neckline a bit snug. I actually wish that I had use a fold over elastic like seen on the actual Michael Kors dresses (gold would have been cool). The Michael Kors dresses seem to have foldover elastic on the sleeve hem too, if you look closely. But I’m not making this again, one is enough, unless Vogue Fabrics stocks this in another colorway.
Still working on…: Hemming the thing, although I like the hem as is. I don’t want it any shorter actually. The sleeves are a bit on the long side, so those I might when I get around to it. Otherwise, just shove them up to my elbows and nobody sees the hem.
How I am going to wear this?: Oh, a jillion ways. On its own to a splashy night time event. For day time, wear it under a jean jacket. To make it more office-friendly, wear it with a black blazer.
About that Michael Kors fabric…: I’d get this again in a different colorway. Falling off tiles, be darn. So Vogue Fabrics, if you’re listening, get the fabric that’s used for Jennifer Lopez’s dress, ok?