I bought this pattern, Vogue 8919, on a whim in December while in Georgia for Christmas--- while there I visited a H@ncock fabric shop for the first time. They had Vogues on sale for only $3.99 (a buck cheaper then the sales the big box fabric store has in my neck of the woods.) I really likes the simple piecing on the bodice along with the dolman-ish sleeves.
It was a complete coincidence that I had fabric in my stash that is nearly identical to that of the drawing on the envelope! This is a hunter green light/medium weight ponte and an abstract print mystery knit-- both from Fabric Mart's front room where everything was $2 a yard when I visited! They both are excellent at clinging to my black tights I was wearing.
I cut a size 16 and graded out at the hips a couple sizes. I also created a back seam to help me fit the dress to my curvaceous back side better. I had to take in the skirt a fair amount and contour the shape to my figure... I do not have a standard pattern model's shape, that's for sure. I also added 1" (2.5cm) to the hem length.
Yeah, I didn't get the best rear shots and this one above isn't that great... ugh, the wrinkles... the lighting makes all sorts of wrinkles I did not see. I attached seam binding for the neckline and sleeves hems-- I made from strips of the green fabric. I then top stitched them with my sewing machine. All of the seams on the dress are done with a serger otherwise.
The sleeves were actually really baggy around the forearm in a strange looking way, I took them in about 3/4" (2cm). The dolman-like sleeves are nifty. These sleeves are too easy to set in it ridiculous.
I used Easy Knit Tape along the hem to stabilize it and give a good, crisp edge. I cut the tape in half down the middle since it's so wide, and pressed it to the inside bottom edge of the hem. I folded the hem up once, this hides the white tape, and used a single straight long stitch. I generally do not recommend single, straight stitches on knits, but on this occasion this hem will never have stress placed on it caused by pulling or movement. This is a more casual dress and seeing top stitching on a hem is a-ok to me.
So this was (probably) my last super easy quickie, brainless sewing project for the moment. I am pulling together some materials to knock-off this Burberry trench coat. I really want some classic, well made pieces that I will have for years to come. This girl can't afford the $2200 price tag for that jacket so I think I am going to make my own.