Hot off the presses, a new dress pattern: Vogue 8876. I'm posting photos from Vogue as well as photos I took. For this sleeveless version I used a fantastic Japanese cotton, a gestural abstract print on a beautiful quality cotton. I'm in love with these Japanese artisan fabrics, we have a big shipment coming next week. Check back on the website for postings, will photograph and post them as soon as they arrive, and I've ordered extra to bring to the Puyallup Sewing Expo.
In Japanese Cotton
The back has a super flattering shape...even for large hipped women!
The dress closes with a long separating zipper. This was a very fun fabric to work with, planned the center front panel so the dots run down the edge of the zipper. The collar has a casing with a ribbon threaded through it.
The Little Black Dress
This version is in black linen, one of my favorite basic fabrics. I used a semi-sheer crinkle woven plaid poly for the bottom band, sleeve and little puffer sleeve cap.
The models are super TALL....I did not adjust the samples, so you'll want to adjust the length for your height.
My photo of the dress. This version uses a separating zipper as a closure.
You can also vary the look by wearing it as a coat/duster over skinny pants and tank top.
Cut the little 'puffer' sleeve cap on the bias.
We have a collection of these spectacular digitally printed linens that just arrived, including the very fabric I used on the pattern envelope shown below.
This version closes with buttons & buttonholes.
Cutting the little puffer sleeve cap on the bias makes it mould and shape beautifully in any fabric.
6 different designs and color ways. Each one is spectacular and tricky to photograph. Limited quantity. Expensive. Spectacular.
in a French Cotton
For my own dress, I used one of our French cottons from last season for the body of the dress and black dotted swiss for the sleeve, puffer and bottom band. Sorry, both of these fabrics are sold out...I sewed this dress back in July 2012.
in another Japanese cotton
My friend Alex came to spend the week last summer while I was developing the pattern and made a version in another wonderful Japanese cotton....sorry, this fabric sold out, but the collection from the current collection is coming very soon. The Japanese cottons are expensive and they are wonderful. They are produced in small lots, so when they sell out, that's it.
This dress is fun and easy to sew. As always, I cut 1" seam allowances at the side seams on the body and the sleeve as fitting insurance....just in case.
For the zipper version, the trick to making it easy is Wonder Tape.
Apply the double sided wonder tape to the zipper.
Then peel away the other layer and stick the zipper to the garment. You can re-position easily and can sew right through it, the tape remains soft and flexible.
I love this stuff!
Up next....and on my design table:
Making this design as a vest. To do this, I'll alter the pattern by eliminating the bottom band and deepening the armhole by 1/2". I usually narrow the shoulder seam width when making a vest from a jacket or dress....will make that decision as I sew, and will finish the armhole edge with bias binding.
Using this fabric, a Japanese polyester called On the Dot (not much of this left). I know I'll always wear a black vest, and I like the smooth & silky hand with so the vest will slide on easily over other garments.
Stay tuned, will post photos when it is done.
I love the idea of layering the vest over the dress!