Friday, October 8, 2021

Janie Dress: Fabric Comparison

 How often do you read fabric recommendations and wonder how well each would work? Today I am showing you the Janie Dress in two different fabrics. 

The dress on the left is made from a sweater knit from Joann's and the dress on the right is made from a cotton lycra from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. The Janie Dress and Peplum says this about fabric recommendations: "Knits are needed for this dress.  Wovens can be used for the gathered circle skirt, if desired.  Wovens, lace, or knit can be used for the peter pan collar.   Suggested knits are 40%-50% stretch and the stretch guide is included in the pattern, along with some handy tips." 

I've made this dress and peplum a few times before in a cotton spandex but this was my first time using a sweater knit for it. This fabric is super soft and snuggly but almost too heavy for the dress and pulls it down a bit. You can notice the difference in where the skirt hits my little one. 





The pattern includes two options for backs- a regular back, and a scooped "ballet" back. For the sweater knit dress, I choose the regular back knowing the fabric was a bit heavy and would drag down the ballet back. Although the fabric does not have great recovery, it is very warm and will be in heavy rotation when the temperatures drop. 








Janie is such a cute twirly dress and the peplum version is adorable as well. My favorite feature is the ballet back. This cotton spandex from Raspberry Creek has the recommended stretch and is a very nice weight for play dresses. I prefer cotton bases for fabrics and love the ones from RCF. They have a great recovery and are soft- perfect for little ones and adults alike. This is one of my kiddo's favorite dresses. I let her wear it before photographing it, which lead to me having to remove stains beforehand. 

The pattern states that woven fabrics can be used for the gathered skirt portion and I would love to try that next. Other options include a peter pan collar, a cowl neck, and different sleeve lengths. All of these options make it easy to dress Janie up for a nice occasion or down for everyday play.

This dress would be beautiful in a stretch velvet for the holidays, a double brushed poly for added softness, or a rib knit for a pretty play dress. Which fabric would you choose for a Janie dress or peplum?



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