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.