The Closet Core (formerly Closet Case) Ebony Knit Dress & T-Shirt
“An elegant basic featuring a fluidly draped silhouette, the Ebony Tee is a versatile wardrobe staple you’ll want to wear every day.
Make a swingy knit dress or modern cropped top, with your choice of scoop or jewel neckline, and long or 3/4 sleeves. For the ultimate leggings companions, make an Ebony tunic, with a cascading hem and short raglan sleeves. All necklines are finished with a knit band.”
0 – 20. I made mine in a size 6.
Ebony Dress Review:
The Ebony Dress & Tee pattern is the latest release from Closet Core Patterns, and one I was super excited to see. I love anything “fit and flare,” and that’s exactly how this dress turned out.
The pattern comes in three lengths (dress, tunic, or cropped top), with a variety of necklines and sleeve options. I made the dress length, with a jewel neckline and full-length sleeves, and used a Designer Rayon/Lycra Tie-Dye Knit in Stone Blue and White. Normally I wouldn’t use such a lightweight knit for a dress (hey there, lumps and bumps!), but since this dress is so full, it was a great option. I think a more stable knit could risk the dreaded tent shape, but the rayon drapes beautifully.
I love that the dress is fitted through the sleeves and upper chest, and gathers fullness on the way down. It’s both flattering and ridiculously comfortable. I’m not very tall, so I shortened the length all the way around by about 1.5” so that the dress would fall above the knee in the front and just below the knee in back. A word of warning: the sleeves fit well but are on the small side. I was relieved that my fabric had lots of stretch, otherwise they might have been too constricting!
Overall it was quick and fun to make. The instructions are clear, and the Ebony dress is full-cut enough that the fit is forgiving. I would definitely make it again in another rayon knit. The cropped version is very cute and in style – but I’ll leave that to someone who is braver than me!