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A Cotton & Modal Blend Zadie Dress

I fell in love with the Tilly and the Buttons Zadie Dress the moment it was released and had it in my stash since. Knit dress with a skater look, massive pockets, sleeve options, and above all - endless colour blocking options - what's not to love?
However when it comes to picking out fabric and colour combo I procrastinate for much longer than I should. I think the challenge for me is to find two knit fabrics in the same weight and contrasting colours. For knit fabrics, I tend to make impulse purchases of prints that appeal to my eyes and not often taking into consideration of the weight and texture. As a result, I have a stash of florals and brights that don't match each other either in colour or weight. Also to add to that, Zadie requires knit fabrics with a certain amount of body and my stash is mostly drapey viscose jersey.
So when Minerva offered me the opportunity to try their Robert Kaufman Dana Cotton/Modal Jersey Fabric, I knew it's time to sew my first Zadie! With dozens of colours in a harmonious palette to choose from, colour blocking is made easy. I chose two neural greys - coal and charcoal, aiming for a casual sporty look that goes well with layering.
The Robert Kaufman Dana jersey is a blend of cotton and modal which gives it the perfect balance between drape and structure. It is smooth and silky to the skin - think a luxury tee from a high end brand. I put it through regular wash and dry cycle and it came out almost wrinkle free. The stretch ratio is about 40% and recovery is excellent. I was able to sew smoothly with a regular foot and not even bothering with the walking foot. Although the Zadie's silhouette calls for more structured knits such as scuba, I found that the Dana jersey really holds its own and adds a swishy feel to the dress which I love. 
I sewed a straight size 2 for my Zadie and the fit is perfect! At first I was worried the empire waist might be a bit high judging from the bodice patten piece. But in the end the weight of the skirt pulls it down a little and makes things just right. The pattern is drafted precisely which makes matching those seams and points quite enjoyable. I found the photo instructions to be super clear and helpful. Overall the Zadie pattern reminds me why I fell in love with sewing on the first place - for the joy of putting together a 3D puzzle!
My Zadie dress is every bit as I dreamed it shall be! The light grey panel in the middle stands out from the darker side panels, which achieves the figure slimming effect. The long sleeves are perfect for layering in the colder months and the neutral colours go so well with bright accessories! And did I mention the huge pockets? If you love a dress with pockets (and who doesn't?), the Zadie is a must have. Now that I've made my first one, I'm filing the pattern as my TNT (tried and true). Same with the Robert Kaufman Dana jersey which shall now be my go-to jersey base! Now which colours shall I try next? ;-)
Until next time,
Chloe @no.idle.hands

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SHANE Chenneour-Saganey said:

Just made this dress in ponte. So lovely, I can see more Zadies hitting my wardrobe soon · 17th Mar 2019 12:47pm