This is my second version of Vogue 8663. My first version had sleeves and was very autumnal. This time around I again cut a 16 but extended the length of the bodice by 2" (5 cm). I eventually had to size it down to a 14 and decreased the bodice length because I really should have extended it by 1 1/2" (3.8 cm). My first version was made with a very non-stretch knit-- this lovely vintage inspired knit is a stretchy cotton/spandex that has about a 40% stretch.
I had been eyeing this fabric for a little while... then it went on sale for $4.55/yard I couldn't refuse. This dress takes a bit under two yards, I still have enough scraps to spare for some possible adorable undies and/or bra!
This is such a colorful, bold print so I wanted a simple dress design with clean lines and minimal detail. This dress is supposed to have a zipper in back... there is no reason for a zipper! This is a slip on knit dress. I had to keep the seams in back since I had minimal yardage to work with. The pleated neckline is sweet and demure.
Okay, you would likely need a zipper if you opted to follow the pattern's directions to use ready-made woven bias tape on the sleeve openings and neckline. The bias tape would be stiff and unforgiving unlike the knit binding I made. I used the same technique to make and sew my bindings here on my running shirt. I had to make the twin needle stitch length 3.0-3.5 to go through the multi-layer thickness of the fabric on the front neck. At the dead center where there's a load of layers of material I even did a few 4.0 length stitches! In the end all the binding lay so flat and nicely.
I had to shorten the skirt length a small amount because I laid out the pattern pieces incorrectly... but no problemo for me. And here I am appearing to be contemplative on a rainy day here in Baltimore. I'm thinking 'this dress is so freaking comfortable, more then some of the pajamas I wear, I'm going to wear this all the time.'