Today I have something out of the ordinary for me — an animal print!
Honestly, I am not a fan of animal prints, so I’m very surprised that I’m wearing one now. I bought this fabric a few months ago (along with a bunch of other knits) to make a dress for a friend, but then of course, I’ve now used it for myself…. Bad friend! I’ll replace it, don’t worry. 🙂This, my friends, is the BlueGingerDoll Violet knit dress. It’s a retro inspired design with three skirt styles and sleeve lengths. Mine is View C with the 3/4 sleeves and flared skirt.
I was a pattern tester for this dress, so my version of this pattern was still in the testing stage. I made a size 22/24 in a fuschia/black/tan animal print rayon/poly blend jersey from Fabric Mart and a fuschia rayon jersey out of my stash that matched perfectly (also from Fabric Mart). When I was cutting the skirt out, I was thinking that it was going to be too short for my preferences, but as I was pattern testing, I didn’t do any adjustments. However, when I tried this dress on, I felt it was too short for me (I’m 5’8) and went ahead and made a lower band for the skirt out of my contrast fabric. When I make another Violet, I’ll be adding the length when I cut the skirt out.
This dress goes together very easily and has instructions which are easy to understand and follow. I like how you can play around with colors and prints and use up smaller amounts of fabric that may be laying in your stash or scrap pile. Mine is sewn on my sewing machine and finished on my serger, which is what I’ve been doing with all of my knits. I’m not completely comfortable with serging the entirety of a garment yet. The only thing I did that differed from the instructions beside the added hem band, was that I took out the tape that was meant to be on the waistband. I didn’t find it very comfortable, so I just took it out and serged the waistband.
When I was making this dress and putting it on my dressform, I was thinking: “Wow! That is one sexy dress!” The Violet certainly is not the Moneta. Where Moneta is demure and sweet, Violet is her sexy, saucy, more complicated friend. It’s quite a bit different for me wearing a dress like this and it’s not just the animal print!
My BFF said that this dress made me look super slim, so I’m pretty sure there will be more Violets in my future. I actually just bought some wool jersey from Mood that would be perfect for this dress.
I love the 1940’s vibe of this dress design which is retro and yet still modern. It’s an interesting design that’s both comfy and stylish.
I’m still not really a fan of the animal print. It was cool to try out something a bit different, but I’m not sure it’s really me. I guess I could call this a girlie camo print — but that’s not really me either. I do love this dress and the style of this pattern, so I guess that’s all that counts, right? 🙂
Knit dresses for the win!!!
Note: I received this pattern at no cost as a pattern tester, but this is my honest review.
- Dress: BlueGingerDoll Violet in rayon/poly blend jersey and rayon jersey, made by me
- Shoes: American Eagle Outfitters
- Earrings: Bauble Bar