I am bad at planning. Despite the glare of my cut-out Minarou jacket on the table and the stacks of fabric and patterns that make up the rest of my winter sewing plans, I got it in my head that I would like to enter the Pattern Review Red Dress contest. I had a great piece of fabric from my favorite crazy fabric store, but what pattern to use? Enter Vogue 8728. I had seen this pattern made up a couple times, but I fell in love with it when I saw Mena’s orange knit version over at the Sew Weekly last year. I instantly resolved to make a knit version too. But somehow the pattern wouldn’t stay in my head, and many, many Vogue pattern sales came and went without me buying it. When I suddenly realised that it would be the perfect pattern for my red dress, it was of course the day after a Vogue sale. D’oh! I briefly toyed with the idea of paying (gasp!) full price for the pattern, because I needed to finish the dress by the end of the month, but luckily (since it’s JoAnn, after all), the Vogues went on sale again last Thursday and I snapped it up. And since I definitely work faster when I have a deadline, I sewed a little bit every night and finished it up yesterday. So this is my Leap Day dress – hooray for the bonus day in February!
This is a Vintage Vogue pattern, a reissue of a pattern from 1946. The pattern instructions are rendered in contemporary style with modern drawings, but the instructions themselves are the techniques of the time. Interesting, but I ignored them for the most part because they were somewhat illogical (to attach the bodice to the midriff, the instructions had you fold down the top edge of the midriff, lay it on top of the bodice lower edge, and topstitch. What? I just sewed them right sides facing!) I also omitted the shoulder pads, though there were pattern pieces and instructions for making them out of batting!
Probably because I used a knit, but maybe also because the pattern ran big, I took it in on the sides quite a bit even after cutting one size smaller than I would have with a woven. And there’s so much room in the bodice with all the gathering that I could probably fit three or four additional busts in there… but an SBA on this pattern would basically eliminate the design feature of the bodice, so I’m not worrying about it. I do like the bodice, though, and the curved midriff is a bit odd, but unique. Here’s a closer look at the top:
The dress is still a little big (probably because my knit is really stretchy), but it’s super comfy and a more-than-basic fun red dress. My full review is here. Oh, and as for planning? I don’t need no stinking planning.
So Happy Leap Day to you! Go eat some rhubarb (and please watch that amazing 30 Rock episode if you haven’t seen it yet) and enjoy your bonus day!