Monday, August 09, 2010

Let's Do it Again

That's make Vogue 9220!  The last time I made this dress was in 2007.  I made "The Ladybug" version first.  However, I no longer wear it to work because I think it's a little too casual.  Instead it's worn to hang out with friends on the weekend.  

My second version of this dress is one of my all time favorite summer dresses.  I used a border print for it and added a tie using the directions from the Fall 2007 issue of Sew Stylish magazine.


Since I'm still in the midst of meetings, I wanted another dress or two.  I was roaming around in my Flickr sets and realized that I hadn't made this dress in awhile.  So after digging through the fabric collection, I found the perfect mid-weight polyester blend in a subdued black print that is perfect for this dress.


Some stats:

Fabric:
2.5 yards of a black polyester blend from FabricMart

Notions:
6 yards of black bias binding

Construction:
*Because I had made this dress before, I didn't need to make any pattern alterations.  This was a lay it down and cut it out dress. 

*I added all of the elements of the dress to this version...short sleeves (which are actually shorter than the ones on The Ladybug Dress), and the necktie.


*Due to the fullness or depth of the neckline, there is no need to add any closure to the dress.  It easily slips over my head.

*As with the other two versions of this dress, it is unlined.

*The only difference in this one vs. the others is that I added black bias binding to the hemline of the dress and the sleeves, to define the fabric's print better.

After inserting the first sleeve, I realized that the shoulder seam is too long.  For this dress, I just cut the excess fabric off and lessened some of the gathers in the sleeve cap to make it work.  I will alter the shoulder seams on the pattern, so that the next version will truely be "lay down, cut out, sew it up!"

One more shot of the dress:


I want to make another dress from this pattern...maybe from one of the more distinctive border prints that I purchased this year...I just hope that I don't wait another three years to sew it up!

...as always, more later!

29 comments:

  1. I love the bias binding for the hem and sleeves. So gorgeous. And the tie at the neck is so feminine without going over into too girly land. Beautiful dress!

    And my word verification was "reine", queen in French. Very a propos!

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  2. Your dress looks great, its amazing how different it looks in a more fall-like fabric.

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  3. Another work worthy winner! Looks comfortable too.

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  4. Very pretty dress, amazing how fabric changes the look of a pattern.

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  5. Don't you just love those lay it down & cut sewing sessions. The dress looks great on you.

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  6. I love this dress on you, love the tie at the neckline, so flattering.

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  7. Beautiful! I like that fuller skirt on you.

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  8. I like the first version better because it looks so girly. You are right though, it might be a little casual for work. On the other hand this version looks like a woman in charge! You make the best dresses. I always look for comments from you about the dresses I make because you really are the queen of dresses.

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  9. That is such a beautiful dress on you!!! I love it!! Great job as usual!

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  10. Your dress looks lovely on you.

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  11. Stunning!!! And I mean that in a good way!!

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  12. That is a great "meetings at work" dress. Corporate, but feminine. Very nice!

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  13. Another great looking dress. I truly appreciate seeing each iteration of this dress and others. You give inspiration to create different looks from the same pattern. Lately I'm finding myself using the same patterns over and over again.

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  14. I so admire the way that you can take one, relatively simple looking pattern, and turn it into several amazing and quite different looking dresses! This latest version is very slick, smart and office worthy but the necktie and bias binding add a touch of feminine decoration - perfect!!

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  15. What a great addition to to such a simple pattern. I never noticed the tie before. I love this on you. Your wearing it like it is your signature dress!

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  16. Just gorgeous, Carolyn! You wear that style well!

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  17. Nice! Such a great look for transitioning to fall, and staying chic for the office.

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  18. It looks so good on you!! Very pretty!

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  19. I'm falling in love with tie necks at the moment. This dress is lovely.

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  20. Oooohhh...very chic! You look amazing!

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  21. Can I just say that you look SO great in that last pic. I think it's the shoes, the pearls, the hair - and the dress of course. ;)

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  22. Terrific dress(es)! I like how the light colored dress looks with a sweater over it.

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  23. I like the neck tie--a really cute addition!

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  24. This is beautiful. The bias for the hem and sleeve adds the right about of flair for me.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  25. You're really working that pattern, Carolyn, and each dress is as lovely as the one before. I love the fabric that you chose for this one. I hope there's yet another rendition sometime in the future. It's such fun to see the difference a fabric makes.

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