You may have noticed I’ve been a bit absent from the blogosphere of late and boy do I have lots to share. I have made a muslin for this Very Easy Vogue dress, completed view B of this McCall’s skirt from of my patterns from my McCalls/ Vogue splurge, complete the third of my patterns from my splurge and …. wait for it … wait for it …
I WAS GIVEN A SERGER FOR MY BIRTHDAY ! ! !
Pretty exciting right? So, just because I’m like that, I’m gonna tell you about those four things in this order: 3, 4, 2, then 1, got it?
So here’s my Lady in Red Dress
I used Vogue 1250 by DKNY and double woven wool jersey to make this dress. I picked the fabric up from my favourite place – the remnants basket at Global Fabrics – for $25 – boom!
There was just enough to make this dress at 1.2 x 1.3 metres. I originally intended to make it in a dark colour, like favourite navy blue, but the only knit fabrics I could see were super thin cotton and looked more suited to t-shirts etc. I really wanted the material to be a bit thicker as I thought the knit fabric could be a bit unforgiving. So I ended up buying red fabric and making a replica of the dress on the front of the pattern! How naff …
The construction of this dress was incredibly simple, and this coming from the woman who finds it difficult to finish anything in less than two weeks. But I finished this dress in 2 hours – I know – SAY WHAT? Yes two hours. This was partly due to the fact that this pattern is only three pieces (front and lower back, upper back and neck facing) and partly because this dress is designed to be loose so I wasn’t too hung up on fitting issues.
As for construction, this dress only has shoulder darts which are pretty easy to put in. They’re kinda disguised by the cowl neckline but this photo is the best I could get of them. I can’t get over how simple this pattern was. There were no zippers, hooks and eyes, clips, hand stitching – just a very simple dress.
It was incredibly satisifying to whip up an entire dress on a Sunday afternoon
I highly recommend this pattern!