February was a month of starting and not completing projects. Right now, I can count about 6 things that I’ve started and gotten hung up on at one point and haven’t been able to pick them back up. I’m not sure what I’m doing, but I keep getting stuck.
In the midst of all of my pending projects, I have had the opportunity to sew a few things for a very close friend of mine. This pattern from Vogue is one that was actually my very first (handmade) dress that I made this time last year! You can read more about my first attempts at making this dress HERE & HERE. My husband still gives me a hard time when talking about them…….
- Polyester / Rayon Blend fabric
- Matching thread from my stash
- New needle – for knit fabrics – the BEST decision to buy new needles! I’ve been rotating the same needles for awhile now…
- Hand needle
- The usual – scissors, pattern pieces, measuring tape, pins
- Added 2 1/2 inches to the skirt
- Removed the darts on the top & bottom pieces
- Added 2 1/2 inches to the length of the skirt
- Tailored the skirt to fit through the waist to the hip
This is another Very Easy Vogue pattern, which means that it can be tackled by any beginner! If you are trying this pattern for the first time and new to sewing, I think the only step that may cause you to stop ‘n think is Step #9, attaching the BODICE FRONT to the BODICE BACK, at the shoulder. There are 3 seams meeting at this point, but when in doubt, if you run into any gaps in your main seam you can hand sew and close the gaps.
Creating the bodice has a lot of detail for the beginning sew-er, because you’re creating darts and pleats. Vogue does a good job of making this seem easy – don’t think too much into it & use the illustrations to your advantage.
Once you get past the bodice, it’s downstream from there – creating/attaching the skirt and cuff for the sleeves.
I did deviate from the instructions when attaching the side seam. Instead of sewing the top to the bottom, I created the bodice and did not sew the arms at the side seam. For the skirt, I attached the back pieces together (center seam) and attached the skirt back to the bodice back and the same thing with the skirt front/bodice front pieces. This made it extremely easy to attach the front to the back at the side seams.
Next was adding the cuffs and hem bottom.
To create the hem, I folded the hem twice and sewed at about 1/4 inch. I did iron before sewing the hem. This helped out a lot!
Final step – I went back over all of my seams and did a zig zag stitch. This fabric frays and without the fray, I wouldn’t have needed it, but since I don’t have a serger yet… the zig zag stitch is the perfect alternative.
The fabric I chose sews like a dream! It is a durable, 2-way stretch knit that has clean, neat ribs. It was great using this fabric and this dress came together really quickly.
My mannequin never does any justice, but the 3rd time is the charm for me and V8825. This is a great, easy pattern to follow and if you’re a seasoned seamstress, looking for a quick project >> this is the perfect pattern!
After finishing this dress, it’s time to re-up… on my thread! 🙂
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