Wednesday, July 10, 2013

My new favorite dress

I don't buy a lot of Vogue patterns, but sometimes when they're on sale for $3.99, I pick out one or two. Call me cheap, but when the other companies go on for $.99, four bucks can seem like a lot, haha.

I have been looking for the perfect shirt dress pattern. I didn't want it to be the straight kind with a sash or belt because that's just not a flattering cut for me. So I wanted one with a skirt and I do have a pattern like that, but it has a fitted waistband also and I wanted it to be more comfortable for everyday than that.  I know, I'm so picky!!

But, I flipped through the catalog just for kicks since I was at JoAnn and saw Vogue 8810. I loved the more paper bag style of this one and the drawstring would make it so comfortable! I had a dark denim colored stretch chambray and hand so after making a quick muslin, I got to work. And I LOVE IT!!
 The fit is perfect, although I sized down from what I normally make because I thought it had more ease than I wanted on the model. I also thought the waist looked low on her so I shortened my bodice by using the petite fold lines on the pattern pieces. It actually made for a perfect length, thankfully.

 I found the perfect buttons at Hobby Lobby. They add to the casual look, I think.
 I didn't quite have enough fabric (long plackets like these, since you need to cut four of them, take a lot of fabric) so I pulled a vintage cotton from my stash and used it for the placket lining and the pockets. I love how it peeks out from my hem occasionally when I walk.

This will be so easy to style for Fall too. Just add a long sleeved tee underneath or a cardigan on top and some boots or flats.

I love this dress so much, I'm thinking of making another one out of the Liberty for Target print I showed you the other day! I just need some underlining for it. In the mean time, I promised two little girls some doll bathing suits ;)


  1. I love this! I have the patter and plan to do this version as well, so happy to see yours. Darling!

  2. OhMyGoodness, I was thinking how nice and pretty your dress looked, then you showed the contrast "lining". Love, love, LOVE! Secret prints in garments always get me! :o)

  3. Love the contrasting plackets, great review. Thanks for the cheaters tip for the buttons!

  4. Wow, I love the dress. It looks great on you.

  5. Great version of an average pattern. It looks great on you and i adored the placket details! :)
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  6. I love it. That's just the kind of dress you can wear all summer and not look overdressed.

  7. Looking at the package pictures you'd think this dress would just look like a sack , but your version is impeccably tailored and perfectly fitted. It looks fantastic. I especially love the contrasting placket/pocket facings!

  8. I just found your blog and wanted to say that this dress is beautiful! You look so lovely in it and you have inspired me to make this dress. I hope mine comes out half as good as yours did. Nice job!