October 22, 2013

Ponte Knit Mod Squad Dress Simplicity 2568



The pattern is out of print Simplicity 2568 (year 2009).
I picked this pattern up when it was released and it has resided in the stash ever since.
I was so excited when the pattern came out, it is a copy cat of the Marc by Marc Jacobs funnel neck dress (below) from Fall 2008.


My original plans for the dress pattern were to construct it in a tweed. None the less four years down the road my version came to life in a black ponte knit. 
At first I was apprehensive to use the knit for fear of a droopy funnel neck. But the Simplicity's neck line is tame in comparison to the Marc Jacobs inspiration (that is an extreme funnel) and the hefty knit held up well after all it is supported with an interfaced facing.

I am a ponte fan. Ponte washes and wears beyond well plus it sews like butter. Any beginer sewists looking to try sewing with knits start with ponte knits. 

The pockets on the designer dress are in set it to the dress, the Simplicity version has bias cut patch pockets with a zipper opening. 
For my pockets I used vintage metal zippers with contrasting zipper tape for a touch of visual interest. 

14 comments:

  1. oh i love it. great update of a 1960s look. can't believe it is out of print!

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    1. Thank you, kindly. From time to time I see this pattern pop up on Etsy and Ebay.

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  2. This is a great dress. Wish it wasn't out of print.

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    1. Thank you very much Samantha. There are currently 2 sellers with the pattern on Etsy!

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  3. This is soooooo cute! You made a great knock-off of the Marc Jacobs dress!

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    1. Carolyn, thank you. I know you share my love for ponte as you have some of the most glorious ponte garments!

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  4. Oooh, Ponte knit! All the cool kids have been talking about Ponte knit recently and I was actually at the fabric store yesterday, saw the ponte, panicked and didn't buy any. Lol. Nerd moments..... I love the styling of this dress, it does look like the Marc Jacobs one, and the neckline is fab! I think I'm going to try to find a pattern that calls for ponte knit that I like, then go about purchasing some and sewing it.

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    1. Yes, get your hands on ponte it sews beautifully and wears even better. I am right there with you, I have fabric panic over prints, especially knit prints. Thank you.

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  5. great little number ! this dress is a winner !
    I love the shoulder line , neck , and sleeves all in one , this is very flattering on you , ( but I must say i'm beginning to think you are one of those girls who look fantastic in everything ! ) : )

    I am not familiar with ponte knit , what composition is it , and is it like a double knit ?
    really neat job with the zips , too !

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    1. Hello Shelley. Ponte is a double knit and in turn is incredibly stable, it wears, washes and travels wonderfully. Yardage can be found with both manufactured and natural fibers.
      I would not say I can wear everything but I do enjoy playing dress up, I love 1960's and this nod to 60's mod has made its way to the front of my closet. Thank you for your kind words.

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  6. Such a great dress and loving that funnel neck - Funny thing is I have this pattern as well and I am sure it has been sitting there for a few years! Am feeling inspired to dig this out after seeing your version.

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    1. Lexi dig it out, it is fun to sew! Thank you.

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Happy sewing!
Melody

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