My husband has a yearly work Christmas party, and when I found the faux suede scuba knit from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, I knew it would be amazing as a Charleston Dress! I’ve been pairing it with these suede wedge booties (affiliate link – they’re on sale right now!) from Target and I love how they look together.
You might notice a couple of changes to the original Charleston Dress design options. Because of the thickness of the scuba knit, it would have been pretty difficult to make a binding for the neckline (I tried!), so I opted for a simple neckband instead.
I also wanted to showcase the lack of drape of the scuba and make a full pleated skirt, so I cut a rectangle piece for the skirt the width of the fabric (60″), and pleated it to fit the bodice width before sewing them together.
I made the bodice according to my measurements, and although I’d make the same size again with a different fabric, the shoulders are a bit tight due to the incredible stretch recovery of the scuba fabric. It has a lot of stretch, even more than needed per the pattern instructions, but likes to hold it’s own shape. It’s still comfortable to wear, and I’ll definitely still wear it a lot, but I’d probably make some bodice adjustments if using scuba again in the future.
The pattern itself was a dream to put together, as is the usual from Hey June. Andrea makes sure the instructions are clear and concise, and her patterns never disappoint!
I’m so excited to have a new little black dress to wear! You can get your own copy of the Charleston Dress Pattern here!