Wednesday, January 2, 2013

My New Favorite Dress


I fell for this this Missoni knit as soon as I saw it a few weeks ago at A Fabric Place during the Baltimore PatternReview Day event.  I don't know exactly what it's made of, possibly it's an acrylic and cotton blend.  It has a nice drape with minimal stretch and the colors are pretty terrific.


And the pattern is equally as teriffic... it's Vogue 8663.  It's swingy a-line with some pleating detail on the neckline.  I adore this dress design and it's actually appropriate for colder weather (if I accessorize and layer it better then I did in these photos.)  I think I could make this dress six times over in different fabrics and wear them all the time like it was my uniform.

It is such a great fit out of the envelope with zero alterations.  The fabric has nearly no stretch, the directions call for about 25% stretch, so I went up a size to a 16 from my usual Vogue size of 14.  Good call, Kathy!   


Wait, I did make one alteration... I got rid of the zipper in back and sewed up the seam instead.  I used my serger on this one, too.  Sergers are the best!  It took me under two hours to complete this garment from opening the envelope to hemming it up.  The only thing I will do different next time is add a couple inches length to the bodice.  It is a bit short for me (I'm 5'8" and these patterns are for someone who is under 5'6".)  I love the way the zigzag pattern ended up on the neck line with the pleats. 

16 comments:

  1. Oh man! That is my new favorite dress too! Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Gail! You're so sweet to say :)

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  2. Cute dress!!! I love the fabric. I have sewed different versions of a t-shirt but never different versions of a dress. I have not found my perfect "uniform pattern" :-)

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    1. I saw your latest dress on your blog... I love that one! (The lovely floral one) I love dresses.

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  3. Wow that is a beautiful dress! I love the colour and the print, Great job!!! x

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  4. You look like you are loving this dress! I remember this print too! Great job!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Tee! Yeah, I knew I couldn't leave the store without a few yards of this stuff.

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  5. Cute colors. Definitely my style of dress, and made of knit fabric to boot. It's great!! Can I borrow it?

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    1. Thank you! Just stop by my closet and grab it :)

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  6. fabulous dress. Love everything about it - but especially the neckline. g

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    1. Thanks! What's funny is I didn't even plan the way the neckline turned out... it just happened.

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  7. I just love these colours on you! Glad you tossed the zipper out, it is so not needed with this fabric. Great sewing!!!

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  8. Hey there! firstly - this dress is gorgeous - secondly, you are the winner of my pattern pyramid giveaway! Congratulations - just send me your address details to madewithhugsandkisses@hotmail.com
    And thirdly - I have also nominated you for an award - here's the link:
    http://madewithhugsandkisses.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/pattern-pyramid-winner-and-a-very-inspiring-blogger-award-xxx/

    Lol - that was a busy comment! best wishes
    Hannah xxx

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  9. Hi - I'm not sure if my last comment worked - I hope it did because I said an awful lot.
    in summery you won my giveaway and an award - here's the link:
    http://madewithhugsandkisses.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/pattern-pyramid-winner-and-a-very-inspiring-blogger-award-xxx/

    All the best
    Hannah xxx

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  10. Triple OMG! So excited!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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