Okay, let’s find another 2014 garment that still needs to be blogged. May I present Vogue 8968!
Vogue describe this pattern as follows: Loose-fitting, pullover dress has hem band (cut on crosswise grain) and cap sleeves. A: narrow hem on sleeves. B: sleeve bands.
FABRICS: Faille, Linen and Challis.
I made view B, but with the neckline notch of view A. I sewed up size Medium, after taking out my usual fold through the body to petite it (i.e. to make it fit a short-waisted 158cm tall person better). The fabrics are vintage. The print came to me via A Piece Of Cloth, and the solid black crepe was from June’s stash. The print is a crepe, but quite lightweight and almost semi-sheer. It was also quite narrow, as is often the case with vintage fabrics, and I only had just enough for the dress.
Considering that I actively try to avoid black, I still seem to have plenty of black garments in my wardrobe and in my fabric stash! But I figure that most colours can be worn as long as you have a bright lipstick on or appropriately coloured accessories near your face. I love the colours in this print – the green is absolutely my shade of green, and I always like some brown and yellow!
This is a straightforward dress to sew, especially if like me you topstitch to secure the armbands and skirt facing rather than stitch them in place by hand. The black band on the skirt is double, and in the fabric that I had available it is rather heavy. It would have been better in something lighter, but this is what I had. It gives it plenty of swish and sway.
I used a facing for the neckline, to accommodate the centre front slit, but if I’d made the round neck I would have ditched the facing in favour of using bias binding to finish the neckline. The pointed side hemline really appeals to me, and due to the lack of closures or fastenings this dress really is a throw-it-on-and-go garment. I’ll be using this pattern again!