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December 12, 2016

Polka dot overlay Turner Dress: fancy AND comfortable!

You know how sometimes you try on a garment, and you think oh this is just so me?

THIS IS SO ME! (And if it’s so you, too, you can buy your own kit to make the dress here!)

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I’ve been a fan of dresses with sheer overlays for ages, but never quite managed to make one for myself. Partly because they’re typically woven – and I typically don’t wear many woven dresses. Love the idea, don’t like the sitting-down-in-them bit. However, I recently realised that the stretch polka dot mesh I bought last year would make an amazing overlay Turner Dress… and so it did!

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The Turner Dress really lends itself to having an overlay: the bodice is lined, so simply use the black jersey for the inner bodice and mesh for the outer bodice. Then, I cut the sleeves from the mesh, and for the skirt, simply cut one skirt in black jersey, one in mesh, basted them together at the waist, and then constructed as usual.

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I tried a couple of different hemming approaches – in the end, I machine zig-zagged the skirt hem, and hand-sewed the sleeve hems. Next time, I’ll use some rip-away tissue paper on the sleeve and machine-sew them, I think.

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What I love most about this dress is it looks really fancy… but it’s incredibly comfortable! I’ve decided it’s my Christmas Day dress – it’ll look great, but plenty of stretchy room for turkey seconds.

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If you want to make your own polka dot Turner Dress, I put together some kits so you can do just that! Check them out here – you can get one with or without the pattern.

What are your holiday sewing plans? Stay tuned over the next two weeks for some more Cashmerette Holiday versions!

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11 Responses to Polka dot overlay Turner Dress: fancy AND comfortable!

  1. Laura Casey December 12, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Oh my Gawd….this dress is WONDERFUL…love it on you!

  2. mrsmike97 December 12, 2016 at 10:21 am #

    This is beautiful on you!!

  3. Brenna December 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    So pretty! I’m curious, are the side seams treated separately or sewn together as one piece? This always stumps me when making an overlay.

    • Jenny Rushmore December 12, 2016 at 3:55 pm #

      In this Turner Dress, they’re treated as one piece in the bodice, and separate in the skirt.

  4. erniek3 December 12, 2016 at 6:03 pm #

    Damn girl. That is beautiful on you. I do not have that design bug, but this makes a powerful argument for an overlay. And polka dots.

    Which brings us to a family issue: I have trained the men to say “That XXXX is/looks great on you” NOT “you look beautiful in that XXXX”. Which gets my son to say: “That looks great on you. On the floor, not so much.”

    These kids today!

  5. Jos van KloskaCreAtief December 13, 2016 at 12:44 am #

    I.N. L.O.V.E.!! Absolutely gorgeous

  6. Lyndle December 21, 2016 at 3:46 am #

    Love, love. If I’d seen this earlier I would have copied it shamelessly. You look fab and the dress is awesome.

  7. Julia McCabe February 16, 2017 at 9:50 am #

    This dress is so great! I can’t see well in the pictures, but when you treat the black as the lining and the sheer as the overlay, is the joining seam in between at the neckline visible through the mesh, or is there something else you did to camouflage that?

    • Jenny Rushmore February 16, 2017 at 9:14 pm #

      You can’t see the black mesh against the black lining, so it’s not an issue.

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