Why didn't I make this dress before?

Let me say that I had planned to make this dress soon after I purchased the pattern, which was in 2012.  I kept putting it off and making other garments.  I am truly happy with the fit of my new dress that is almost complete.

The FBA I made was perfect.  Because this is a multi-sized pattern and I was able to cut larger then take in, the fit through the waist and hips was an easy fix to make.

My fabric met the stretch-ability test for this project; it was some very fiddly knit though.  My serger did not like this knit very much and sewing on the sewing machine required very taut sewing in front of and behind the sewing foot.

I still have to insert the sleeves and attach bias binding to the neckline.  Of course, hem the dress also.  I am debating on the front neckline.  Several reviewers at PR indicated that they shaved off a little at the front neckline as it is very close fitting at the front neck.

Here is a shot of the dress in progress hanging:

And here are a few shots of the front gathers:

Gathers are a little difficult to see when hanging because of the print fabric.  When wearing the gathers show up nicely with the print.  I like this dress so much that I will be making another one soon.

I did shorten the sleeves as I did not want long sleeves for the upcoming warm weather; and my arms are just not pretty for sleeveless.  Though I would make one sleeveless along with a short jacket/cardi so that the gathers would still be noticeable.

Updates later.


  1. What pattern did you use for this dress? It looks very nice.

  2. Donna, it is an OOP Vogue Pattern 8742.


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