I have had Vogue 1012 in my stash for some time. It is an out of print DKNY pattern, and essentially it is a pillowcase dress. You know, a sack with bound armholes and a casing at the top of the front and the back for a drawstring that forms shoulder straps/ties.
The Vogue version is a very full one, with most reviews saying that the pattern runs incredibly huge. I knew that I would need to use a very drapey lightweight knit for it (the pattern is designed for knits but you could use a woven with similar properties as there is essentially no fitting). Luckily I had some viscose knit in stash courtesy of Anna.
The pattern is drafted to narrow substantially by the hemline, which gave it a more flattering shape. I also shortened it considerably by taking a horizontal fold through the centre of the pattern pieces.
The straps are threading through the casing at front and back and tie into a bow at one side on the front. I played around with the gathers and the strap length quite a lot to get it to sit in a pleasing fashion, and to cover my bra straps. I secured the straps in place by stitching them down through the casing, which means that they are no longer adjustable but will stay flat.
This will be a great hot day dress. Yesterday we were reminded just how hot it can get in Melbourne, but today will be much cooler. That’s the thing with Melbourne weather – it is quite changeable. I grew up in Shepparton in country Victoria, where the summers are long, hot and dry, with the temperature barely dropping at night. I’m used to hot. But I don’t like it. At all. Thank goodness for the air conditioning.