I haven't sewn a stitch since the time change a couple of weeks ago. The early darkness seems to stifle my mojo. However, the latest thing to come out of my sewing room a few weeks ago is Vogue 9050, a simple sheath dress with seaming.
This is an Easy Options pattern offered in a slim skirt view and a flared skirt view in two lengths. It has a sleeveless option as well as a long and short sleeve option. I chose the slim skirt and long sleeves.
The pattern calls for woven fabrics or ponte knit. I chose ponte, of course! This lovely emerald green came from fabric.com and was part of my birthday present to myself.
I cut a 14 through the shoulders and a 16 from bust to hem. Adjustments included adding 1 3/4" of length to the waist and shortening the sleeves about 4". My waist adjustment was spot on, but I went a bit overboard with the sleeves- mine ended up more bracelet length, but it's okay. I usually push them up anyway. But next time I'll add 2" back...
The dress is easy to sew. It's really just a princess seamed shift with the princess seams ending at the neckline instead of the shoulder or the armhole. The side front and side back are two pieces with a nifty little diagonal seam at the hip. The sleeves are two pieces with a seam running from the shoulder point to the wrist.
The dress is designed to be fully lined, but of course I didn't do that with the ponte. Facing pattern pieces are provided for the interfacing which Vogue would have you iron onto the front and back neckline after the princess seams are sewn and finished. I just used them to cut actual facings to which I fused the interfacing and then sewed them together and finally attached them to the dress. It worked beautifully.
All of the seams are serged on the inside and the facing is tacked down by hand at all of the section seams. I left off the zipper and the back slit.
I'm pretty pleased- I love the color and the fabric and the design lines. But... this thing is short. I made a 1" hem and it hits me right above the knee. It feels kind of scandalous. If I make this again, and I might, I will add about 3" to the skirt length and hem it at mid knee. In the meantime, I'll wear it anyway. In this bright green, it will make a great dress for Christmas. And St Patrick's day...
I can also see making this again for spring/summer in the sleeveless view, maybe using a print for the center panels and a bright solid for the sides. Is it sad that I'm already wishing for spring and long daylight hours again?