I showed you my XFactor Crop (ala Peg Bundy style) late last week, but now it’s time to bring out the sweeter side of sewing. Because darn if I didn’t feel just adorable in the dress version that I’d made for myself!
The X Factor Crop & Dress is an adorable pattern that gives you drastically different garments depending on the options you choose. You can create a cute, trendy workout crop or rash guard. Or you make a fit and flare dress that is comfortable and flattering. The options include: crop / dress length, vneck / crew neck, short / three-quarter / long (hemmed or cuffed) sleeves, or tank top. Mix and match to your hearts desire…you’ll probably love every single combo from this uniquely cross-front style top! (You can read more about it on the P4P blog HERE if you wanna.)
This time around, I created the dress length, with the crew neckline, and short sleeves. I chose to use fabrics that are a ribbed knit, but both are different blends and slightly different weights. The skirt has just the right drape and the bodice fits me perfectly — so they were both good choices if you ask me!
Typically, I don’t like to use a different fabric for the top and skirt on an at-the-waist pattern any more. This dress allows me to break my sewing/style rules because of how it comes together. There is a waistband that folds ever so slightly over the back of the skirt and kind of conceals that seamline and it allows for a better flow if you’re mixing fabrics.
The skirt portion is a half circle skirt. And while I didn’t include them in mine, the pattern does have optional pockets that you can sew into the side seams. The length is juuuuuuust longer than I usually make my own, but that’s such an easy change! And really, making a longer skirt is an easy change too! Whatever you prefer, it’s a super simple adjustment.
I’m pretty smitten with this dress, if you can’t tell. Here’s how you can get your very own XFactor dress, like mine:
Patterns: XFactor Crop + Dress by Patterns for Pirates
Fabric: Yummy Ribbed Knit + Poly Spandex Ribbed Knit from Fabric Selection