Sunday, July 17, 2011

Vogue 8724- The Real Thing

Thank you so much for all of the kind comments about the V8724 muslin in the previous post. The response was overwhelmingly positive, so I went ahead and wore the dress again today to church. I also went ahead and sewed up the real version, and it turned out pretty much exactly as I'd envisioned it.
I used an ITY jersey border print from Fabric.com, cut on the cross grain, of course, to take advantage of the print.


Once again, I cut a straight size 16, although this time I went ahead and stitched the bust darts. This knit was much better behaved than the last one and I had no problems. I forgot to mention in the last post that this is one of those Custom Fit patterns with separate bodice pieces for different cup sizes. Thank you, Vogue! I used the "C" pattern piece and didn't have to do an FBA.



I love this fabric! I think the border print works perfectly for this pattern.


I did notice while I was sewing this that the fabric had that same "chemical" smell to it that the Disco Camouflage dress had. I'm not worried, though. I washed the other dress and the smell went away, thank goodness, and hasn't returned. I'll send this one through the washer before I wear it out to road test it.



One thing that is different about this dress (from the red dress in the previous post) is the cling factor. This fabric has minimal stretch along the length. Because I cut it on the cross grain, most of the stretch runs lengthwise now. It's not tight by any means, but I don't have near the horizontal stretch in this dress and it "hugs" me a little bit closer.

I'm very happy with the length. I'm glad I took out those two inches, because otherwise this would be too long. I didn't want this to end up a maxi dress. I wanted to keep it somewhat long, though, to maximise the use of the print, and also because it's just kind of different- everything is just so short these days, and this kind of reminds me of some of the long, slim skirts I wore back in the 80's.


Next week, I'll be on vacation and I plan to go shopping for some sparkly, dangly earrings to wear with this.


These are not the shoes I'll be wearing, either. I have some strappy black sandals that I think will work perfectly. I forgot to change before taking the photos.

Once again, my photographer wanted some action shots. This is about as good as it gets.



This is his favorite:


I had just enough of this fabric left to cut out a little t-shirt. I need to go stitch the armhole edges and it will be done and ready to wear, too. I'll share that next time.

And I'm also expecting another batch of knits to arrive from Fabric.com any day now. I'm on a roll with these knit dresses. They're so easy to make and easy to wear. I do have a few woven fabrics that are begging to be made up, too. You'll be seeing those before too long.

21 comments:

Peggy's Closet said...

Let me go on record here: I am coveting your dress!! LOVE that fabric, and your placement of the print is perfect! ~ Peggy

Debi said...

OMG! I love this dress! Love the border print fabric with this design! It looks stunning! The photos are so much fun :)

Karin said...

You used the border print to fantastic effect! The dress looks wonderful on you. I really like it.

gwensews said...

That's a gorgeous border print. Perfect for that dress. You did a fantastic job using it.

sewing spots said...

This dress pattern is great! I love your "real" dress! It turned out quite well. It's a very pretty print. How delightful and frugal that you have enough left for a shirt!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

The dress is beautiful and I love the fabric placement. You have turned this into a real winner!

lakaribane said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

Audrey said...

Beautiful dress and wonderful use of a border fabric. It looks great on you!

Julia said...

love , love, love the fabric!!!!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Fun use of the border print! The end result is very flattering.

bibi said...

I have always thought I couldn't sew for ME without a homemade look. You are changing my mind!
Any ideas for a pattern for a straight 60's style sleeveless shift?

TracyKM said...

It looks fabulous! I have a "separate cup sizes" pattern, but how do I choose what body size to cut? If I normally do an 18 and 3" FBA, do I stick with an 18 and use the D cup? The pattern I have doesn't say, and if I go with my actual chest size, the shoulders, etc are too huge....

AllisonC said...

We already knew from your first version that the dress was going to look good, but wow what a great border print!

SewingMrsC said...

Love the print, suiys that dress style perfectly.

Rachel said...

That is really PRETTY!! I love border prints and ITY fabrics especially.

Diana said...

This is really pretty amd fits you so well. Congrats!

Rose said...

This dress is awesome! I love the action shots!

angie.a said...

Hahaha!!! The action shot is my FAVE!! I'm totally saving that one> It should be your FB profile :D

hehe, my word ver is "teepe". Only in OK!

VictorianKitty (Sophistique Noir) said...

OMG, I want like EVERY dress that you make. You really are an inspiration. And you always make things that are SO figure-flattering!! Love the photos on this one - clearly that dress brings great joy to the wearer. :-D

Vicki W said...

That a very flattering dress!

Cennetta said...

This is such a pretty dress. I love the way your worked the print into the design of it. BTW- the action shots are the best. Lol