This is the endless wonder that is Vogue 1027. It is such an amazing dress. On my last trip to Joann, they were having a pattern sale. Vogue patterns were $3.99 and so I decided to flip through the pattern book and see if there was a pattern that
Not surprising since this is a knit dress, but you know, still. Makes me feel like the queen of everything. I made only a couple of small changes to the final dress. I decided to do a contrasting knit band for the neckline - used the selvedge of my fabric for this. I did this to make this version look a little sportier, you know, more everyday wearable. I also decided on a high- low hem (or a mullet hem if you will), a very popular trend for the past year or so and one that I've been really liking myself. Makes me feel kind of modern....
This dress pattern is very well engineered. It has in seam pockets - normally something I abhore - but they extend up into the waistline in this really nifty way and so they don't flop about idiotically when you have something like your credit card or keys in them. Definitely a cue that many other patterns - including those for wovens - could take a lesson from. Also there is an elastic waistline stay in it. At first I was doubting that I would even need this, but actually it creates less tension on the bodice which is about the only thing carrying that heavy skirt.
The fabric here is from lowpricefabrics.com (I love this online fabric store) and its a rayon/spandex 4 way stretch knit. Its so amazingly comfortable. Oiy! Pajama dress more like. And at $5 a yard - what is not to love? Admittedly I'm not normally a knit dress sort of girl. Whenever I've tried them on in stores, I find the knit to be extremely thin, very clingy and it looks like something my washer would chew up in a second. So its really refreshing to find such an easy alternative to knit dresses. Additionally, if you get an all over print fabric, this hides a multitude of sins, not the least of which is wrinkles.
I always say this, but I think I'm going to make one more of these dresses. I've already got the plan in mind and even the fabric, so I just need to cut it out and sew it up. I'll keep you posted on that front. Here's to the summer that's just ahead!