Fabric used: 4.2 metres of crepe knit. I had my eye on this fabric for quite some time. I finally broke down and picked some up in late 2012 despite having an insane fabric stash.
Interfacing: 1.1 knit interfacing busted out of my fabric stash, purchased to use for baby sleepers but was also perfect for this project.
Pattern: Vogue 1312 first came into my sewing stash when it first was released last summer (2012). I ordered it online but it was taking forever. So I purchased one at my local Fabricland because I couldn't wait any longer. Snail mail is brutal. When it finally arrived, it was shipped back across the U.S. border to a good home of a pattern give-away winner.
Vogue 1312 has to be the most comfortable dress that I have in my closet. I made the sleeveless version last August in a black linen.
This time around I am making the long sleeve version in a 100% polyester crepe knit. And now that I had some success sewing knits with my walking foot it seems like the perfect time to tackle this project.
Or maybe not. From the get go, I was making goofs right, left and centre, literally. I stitch up the bodice as if I were making the sleeveless version. I don't know what I was thinking! Needless to say, I spent many hours carefully unravelling the tiny knit stitches without snagging my knit fabric. It was serious work, I had to dig out my reading glasses.
The fabric is a fairly recent 2012 addition to my fabric stash. It was added this past fall as soon as it went on sale at 50% off with just this dress in mind.
The pattern calls for a side zipper but I went without one since it worked out well for Dorothy when she made her dress in a cotton interlock knit. And I kept the same alterations on the length that I did on my first version.
Sew, I won't be notion busting with this project. Actually, I had to step into the fabric store to find matching thread and tape. Oh well, I tried my best, but it had to be done.
I agree with Dorothy's review that the dress does run a little large size wise. I do like the way it fits around the waist but the bodice I cut down a size smaller. I'm pleased with this result.
And the hem I had to tape up before I could stitch it in place. The hemline was perfect. I didn't tape the sleeve hem.
I should have though because it turned out looking like pintucks instead of a twin needle hem. I like this mistake so I wasn't about to pick up the seam ripper again. Or maybe I left it as is because I just didn't want to seam rip?
Either way, I thought this dress was worth all the time consuming seam ripping and taping. I love my new dress.