Saturday, November 30, 2013

Vogue 8663- A Winter White Dress


I needed a simple, solid dress or top for family holiday photos this morning.  I also had almost no time to work up something that needed tracing, fitting or fussing so I turned to my TNT dress, Vogue 8663.  I first used this pattern about a year ago with a really crazy Missoni print, then this super cute floral sleeveless version in the dead of summer for a trip to Georgia.  I used a heavy weight white ponte I picked up for $2/yard on a trip to Fabric Mart a few weeks back (yes, this dress cost under $6 to make, including the thread in the equation.)

Total time to make this dress from fabric cutting to hemming: well under three hours.  I've been seeing The Lady Skater Dress around the blogs for the past few months, know that it's just my cup of tea and would totally rock that everyday dress... but I have not purchased that pattern because this is almost identical to it-- the main design difference is that this Vogue pattern has the neckline pleating detail.  Also, my pattern here suggests a zipper in back that I have never included.  A zipper is absolutely unnecessary for such stretch knit patterns (even my stable ponte) unless I add a non-stretch lining.


I didn't want to see any top stitching on my neckline so I made bindings and serged them on.  I often will top stitch this sort of binding with a twin needle but really didn't want that here.



I cut a size 16 here and added 1" (2.5 cm) to the bodice length.  My last version I went down a size  to a 14 because that pretty floral cotton had more stretch.  I should have cut the back on the fold and got rid of the seam down the back... but I was moving along pretty quickly and completely forgot to.  I sewed that last night before going to bed.  I also added bindings to the sleeves. 


I had fun with our family photos this morning.  We go to a big box mall department store for them each year in a sort of ironic way (and partially serious, too... it's fun to get official annual photos to see how straight my hair gets each year.)  Last year we rocked a matching sweater theme, this year I wore all white and the boys wore white shirts.  We are precious, I know.


25 comments:

  1. Kathy this dress is lovely! I might try and add those darts to my LSD pattern. It's a nice touch. I'm also thinking of doing a bit of center front gathering.
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  2. So bright and fresh looking. Love the darts at the neckline which are a great design feature in this solid colour. Your bindings finish off the edges beautifully too. Very flattering shape on your figure.

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  3. Oh this is so pretty!! I love it!

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  4. so cute and comfy!

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  5. What a great dress! And I love that you put a silver belt with it!

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  6. Everything about this dress is awesome.

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  7. I think your dress is better than the lady skater dress! I love it in white. The seaming along the neckline is great.

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  8. I like this dress in the solid color! Don't you just love scoring beautiful ponte knit at Fabric Mart in the $2 section? (Which probably is making up at least 40% of my stash. ) Great job, Kathy!

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  9. Thanks! The LSD pattern is so nice looking and a blank palette for interesting tweaks.

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  10. Thank you so much Jean! I'm not ever one to wear all white but it's exactly what I had in mind when I bought the fabric.

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  11. Thanksssssssss!! I'm pretty sure I will make this pattern again.

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  12. Exactly! And thank you :)

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  13. Thanks, Gail! I think I've worn that belt two times now. I don't have many occasions to sport a shiny silver belt.

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  14. Wow, thanks! You're awesome!!

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  15. Awwww, thanks Jenny! I love the basic design of this dress (and the LSD pattern) because you can really get nuts with the fabric or keep it simple like this.

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  16. Thanks Katie! I think I need to make my way back to the brick and mortar store again... I scored some major deals that day.

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  17. I love the lady skater dress but uhmm...I like this more. Those pleats are amazing! Nice work! And that color?! Swoon!

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  18. Truly beautiful dress! I made this up in a lightweight jersey and hated it (never blogged). I'm going to try it in a heavier fabric like yours. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  19. Very pretty. It is like the pure snowfall Kathy ;) - Diya TheHobbyHarbor

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  20. Hot Mess HousewifeDecember 1, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    I know I'll be trying to run down this pattern lol

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  21. Nice job. I really like the neckline of this pattern.

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  22. I really like the pleating neckline. Super cute with the silver belt and boy you can't beat a 3 hour make time!!

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  23. What a super sweet dress! Perfect for family photos!

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  24. This dress is absolutely gorgeous on you! I've been trying to decide on a dress pattern for Christmas and this might well be it! I love it in the white, just not sure I could pull it off at the moment with a 3 month old;)

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  25. The dress looks great. I bet your photos are lovely!

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