Crepe Dress in Black and White

Today I’m delighted to be a stop on the blog hop for Jennifer Sampou’s brand new fabric line, Black & White, for Robert Kaufman fabrics!

I met Jennifer at Quilt Market this past fall and just had a blast with her.  There may or may not have been an evening of charades in the Hilton bar complete with singing by Amy Gibson and myself.  😉 It might have been pretty epic.  When I wasn’t laughing away after hours, I was on the market floor and able to see Jennifer’s fabrics up close and in person.  When she asked me to be part of the blog hop, I thought about tackling a garment for myself with her yarn dies and an accent fabric from her collection.  And so, I made the Crepe Dress by Colette.

Crepe dress in black and white

This is a wrap style dress designated by Colette Patterns as “beginner”.  Hmm…well probably compared to their other patterns this is a beginner pattern.  But I think it is a bit more like an intermediate pattern for your average sewer.  The facings are a bit tricky…that’s the main difficulty.  Well and the six darts in the bodice… And it requires a good amount of fabric.  There’s at least 4 yards of fabric in this dress!

Crepe dress in black and white

I’m decently happy with how the dress looks on me but I think that I might still need to do some alterations to fit my proportions better.  The bodice is a bit large on me in the center of the front.  And I’m not sure if there is supposed to be that much fabric in the bodice back wrap. (But isn’t it pretty?!)

Crepe dress in black and white

I love how flattering a wrap dress is for any body size.  I’m not feeling my smallest these days by any means with a post surgery body and this dress helped hide a lot of that.

Crepe dress in black and white

I think you can see the beauty of Jennifer’s fabrics in the photo above.  Her Studio Stash yarn die looks really lovely with her fabric from Black and White (with a not so easy to remember name AJS-15017-290 ASH).

But if anyone has any suggestions for how the dress should fit me better please feel free to suggest away!! Because I’m certainly loving the wrap skirt!

Crepe dress in black and white

156 thoughts on “Crepe Dress in Black and White”

  1. I love the dress and the criss-cross belt is perfect for it! It would be so cute on little girls too. That reminds me of my mom making "mom and me" dresses when I was little. I was always so proud to look just like my mommy!

  2. There are techniques to fitting clothing that we make. There should be plenty of proper fitting tips on the internet. With that said, the dress seems to be a perfect shape for you.

  3. The dress looks great, I especially love the back with the wrap part and bow, but I can't believe how much yardage it takes, that is why I would never be brave enough to make myself a dress, my daughter sure, since she normally only uses 1 yard and that's manageable 🙂 grecomara at gmail dot com

  4. What a stunning dress. I HATE doing darts, and you said this one has 6 of them! Hmmm, have a weigh how much do I like the pattern versus doing that many darts…. 🙂
    Looks like a little too much material in the back. Can you take up some of the excess in the middle back seam? Even if not, it looks great on you, and it's a beautiful dress on a beautiful person.

  5. Very nice dress. I'm afraid my garment sewing is limited to basic skirts. I've recently picked up a copy Od Sew What, Skirts and an Alabama Chanin book. So, I'm moving closer to taking the plunge. As to the dress itself, maybe a bit tighter in the back but it still works nicely. Notwendy gmail

  6. Your dress is beautifully made. The structure of the bodice & the back treatment make this THE BEST wrap dress I've ever seen!!! It's deceptively simple and quite lovely. The wearer will never have to keep fussing with a shifting gap in the bodice! Congratulations.

  7. I'm not a garment sewer, but I love the dress, especially the sash (style and fabric). Would love to have some fabric from this collection for a quilt!

  8. The dress lovely. It's sweet, pretty, and feminine. The fabrics are flattering and the style is sweet. I've not yet gotten into garment construction [I'm reading tons and taking lots of mental notes] but I'm exciting that it's coming back into fashion to make lovely clothes for our own families again.

  9. The dress lovely. It's sweet, pretty, and feminine. The fabrics are flattering and the style is sweet. I've not yet gotten into garment construction [I'm reading tons and taking lots of mental notes] but I'm exciting that it's coming back into fashion to make lovely clothes for our own families again.

  10. What Sarah said above. I would also nix the bow and make the belt knotted – more modern looking.
    Love the materials and once you take it in a bit, will look even better.

  11. The dress is lovely and looks adorable on you. I agree it looks a bit loose in the back but I don't have the expertise to assist. It looks like comment 90 from Sarah is very helpful.

  12. The fabric was a great choice for the dress. As for the fit, is the back bodice too long/tall? It's definitely not perfect, but judging from the front, it doesn't seem to be too wide. Is there a horizontal seam you could use to shorten it? (I usually have the opposite problem, since my posture is so bad I sometimes have to lengthen the back bodice to accommodate my slouch.)