Vogue 8728: Leap Day dress!

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!

  1. Katy said:

    Beautiful! Great fit and fabric. I can’t believe this is a knit!

  2. Ella V said:

    Very nice andI love the fabric too.

  3. This dress just keeps popping up in pretty ways, love the red on you. See, i think planning is bad!

  4. Great dress! I want to make this pattern up too, but am stalling on it because I want to add a lining piece under the gathers and it seems like a lot of work to me. Anyway, the print on your dress is very fun and I’m glad you ignored your plans and just went for it instead.

    • aleah said:

      Thanks! Yeah, drafting a lining piece does seem like a pain. I suppose you could just gather the lining too (basically underlining it instead), the extra bulk would maybe just enhance the bust – I mean, the design feature of the bodice 🙂

  5. Sue said:

    Great dress! I loved what you wrote too; funny, informative, and entertaining.

  6. Amy said:

    I got nominated for a Liebster blog award, and I wanted to pass it on to you. If you are into that kind of thing, then feel free to play along. Otherwise, just know I enjoy reading your blog.

    • aleah said:

      Thanks Amy, I’ll definitely pass the Liebster along when I get a chance!

  7. SueC56 said:

    I like that bodice! Nice job.

  8. SueC56 said:

    I don’t see any easy link to subscribe to your blog. I did it manually, but am I missing something?



    • aleah said:

      Hmmm, good point. I didn’t really know of the existance of subscription signup links, but I’ve seen them on several blogs recently. I’ll look in to it. Thanks for going to the trouble of manually subscribing, I don’t even know how to do that! (Unless by “manually” you mean “added as a bookmark and randomly check back for something new every couple days”, which may still be my method of “subscribing” to blogs… I swear I’m not really a Luddite!)

  9. Ashlee said:

    Gorgeous! I have this pattern and have been dying to cut into it but really had no idea what fabric to use… I don’t know why I didn’t think of a knit print (was planning to do just a basic black or grey). This looks so modern and fresh! Great work 🙂

  10. Sophia said:

    Great dress! Love the color and the fit!

    And yes, that 30 Rock episode was great!

  11. Rebekah said:

    Hi, Aleah! Thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog 🙂 The fabric that you chose is perfect for this dress – and it looks fabulous on you! Good luck with the contest!

  12. Ooh, this dress turned out beautifully! I’ve heard someone (maybe Casey @ Elegant Musings? Adey Lim? I’m probably misremembering!) say that they thought the bust gathers on this pattern are a bit much, but as a design feature, they’re lovely.

    I’m such a cheap-o that I’ve been avoiding buying Vogue patterns, since they cost a couple bucks more than other lines, but your version convinced me that this one is worthwhile! Now, to seek out more fun knit fabric…

  13. ReRe said:

    Beautiful dress and fabric. A ninety nine cent fabric store does seems amazing. Your fabric from there look good fabric. Is it better than the chain fabric store fabric? Do you have pilling? I am super curious. There is a fabric store in the area that’s known for their less than $3 remnants. Thanks for sharing.

    • aleah said:

      As with any discount, bolt-end store, the fabric comes from lots of random places, so some is great and some is terrible. I’ve gotten pretty good at being able to tell from feeling it what the fabric is made of and if it’s good quality or likely to pill. I’ve gotten some duds, for sure, but I’ve lucked out quite a bit too! Take the chance, it’s only a few dollars, and trust your instinct – if you think it feels nice it probably is!

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