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One of the number one questions I usually receive is How do I know what type of fabric to select when shopping online? I’m going answer that question in reference to fitted dresses with one word……..suiting.

Whenever I’m preparing to make a fitted dress, I go straight to suiting fabric and choose a medium/heavy weight fabric with stretch. You cannot go wrong.

This dress was made using this heavy weight olive green cotton suiting that’s perfection. It reminds me of a heavier weight stiffer draped ponte. It has a 4-way stretch but also feels very substantial. It sews, cut and irons with ease.

The pattern used for this dress was my McCalls M7444 jumpsuit pattern with the following alterations:

-Added 5 1/2″ to the length of the bodice front and back

-Added 2 1.25″ bust straps

-Added a pencil skirt using my pencil skirt tutorial

-Added a back seam to the skirt

-Added an exposed zipper

-Added darts to the back bodice and back of the skirt (fit purposes)

Chandler’s biker jacket was made using Burdastyle 08/2016 #143