Me Vs. Old Navy

How do I compare to Old Navy?  Quite well, if I don’t say so myself. Today I completed a pattern that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now. Marianne Dress was done in about 2 hours. I think this has been my easiest project yet.

This post contains quite a few pics.

Here is my version of Marianne Dress:

I chose to sew this up in St James striped Interlock Knit from Fabric Junkie. It is truly dreamy to work with. Its very soft, has a good drape and feels good on the skin. It’s actually the perfect weight for any season.

 Although I did match those stripes like a boss (yea!), I really didn’t try that hard to do so (oops…). Worked in my fav tho.


 I serged all the seams and used my twin needle to hem the sleeves and the bottom hem.

Alterations:  1. Took 2 inches off the bottom
                     2. Sewed view A with a view B neckline (I hate peter pan collars).

So why, again, am I comparing myself to Old Navy? Well, a few weeks ago I purchased a very similar dress from Old Navy and I didn’t realize it until today that they are so similar.

Old Navy lists this as being a jersey shift dress, 93% cotton and 7% spandex, short sleeve and ribbed neckline.

Hmm… That sounds about right. But what isn’t right is the description of how it’s semi fitted. Unfortunately I didn’t take any pics of me wearing it but I purchased my usual size and it fits like a brown paper bag.

But… fear not, I can fix it. I will eventually take the seams in a bit, and problem solved.

Side by side Me and Old Navy.

The other thing that I really don’t get about this dress is why the heck is there a seam going down the back of the dress??? That’s stupid. I could understand if there were no side seams, but there’s actually 3 seams all together.

Don’t get me wrong, I drapes well too and feels good on the skin. But I still think my version is better.

Until next time….