Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Out of Print Vogue 7271 - Fall 2017 Version

This was one of my favorite maxidresses to wear last summer and I've worn it a couple of times this summer too. It's such a comfortable dress to wear that I wanted another one. 


I've had this red floral poly crepe in the collection for years...so long that I don't even remember where it came from. However, since it's more of an autumnal red, I thought it would make a great fall maxidress. Now that I can dictate what I want to wear and when, I've been longing for a fall maxi and this one fits the bill.


This dress was made twice last summer ~ the original and the maxi edition. While I love the short one, it is a bit fancy so I don't wear it as much.  Where the maxi version is more practical, so of course, it has been worn more.

The Materials ~
3.5 yards red floral polyester crepe
14" red invisible zipper - cut down from a 22" zipper
red/white striped cotton bias binding

Construction Info ~
I used the exact same construction for this as I did the first maxi. Except after putting the dress together and trying it on for fit, it was too close fitting. So I opened the side seams of the bodice and sewed 3/8" side seams...giving me just enough wiggle room. The dress is still close fitting but it doesn't feel like it's pressing in on my ribcage anymore.

To give the dress a little zing I added the red/white striped cotton bias binding to finish the neckline and the armholes. On my last dress I added darts to the armholes to remove the excess space. For this version, I added a row of stitching and eased the extra in at the neckline and armholes. Due to the fabric type, there wasn't as much excess fabric.

I added some stitch witchery to the hemline, turned it up 5/8" and machine stitched it. That's it...the dress was finished!

A few more pictures ~




...and worn with a cardigan



It's a perfect dress for fall.  While its still warm it's great with some heels and a short sleeve cardigan.  When it gets a little cooler, I will add a denim jacket, shoe booties and tights. It should take me through to the end of the year and that's what I wanted in an autumn maxi.

Finally, two of the grandbabies (Samantha & Joshua) joined me on the stairs for photos. 



...as always more later!




26 comments:

  1. What a great color on you! And those grand babies are precious.

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  2. Cute dress and cute grandbabies. You look great in red.

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  3. That whole dress really suits you the cut colour and fit are so flattering awesome work

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  4. The dress is lovely and that color looks amazing on you!

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  5. Love that fabric and that color is perfect for you. Great dress!

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  6. Love the idea of the feminine floral with a denim Jacket.
    PS I think the short version isn't so much a little bit fancy as it is happy.
    Your autumnal maxi is pretty happy too.

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  7. You look amazing! Beautiful dress! Red is your color!

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  8. I love this floral print, it is very "fall", the color is so flattering!

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  9. The grand babies are the perfect accessory! They have the most beautiful smiles. And the pattern is perfect when it's made into a maxi dress, well done! Love it.

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  10. Great dress, Carolyn! You nailed the fit and that color is really lovely on you!

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  11. Oh my good gracious what a beautiful dress!!! The fit is so slimming & the fabric is gorgeous, so pretty. And those babies! Those little faces made my day :)

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  12. Looks amazing! I love how the addition of the cardigan changed the whole feel of the dress.

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  13. SUPER cute. Perfect for fall.

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  14. The color is gorgeous on you! And the shape is really flattering. I loved this.

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  15. This dress is great. I love the shape of those cut-in armholes, with the raised waist and light gathers below. This one's a real winner. And of course the color is spectacular on you.

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  16. The dress and the fabric are gorgeous!! Looks beautiful on you!
    Switching topics: I'm sure that some of your followers are interested in reducing their fabric stash. Here is a NYC based organization that accepts fabric donations:
    The Custom Collaborative ( www.customcollaborative.org )
    The Custom Collaborative is a NYC based workforce development program that trains and supports low-income women.
    To donate fabric: Mail to Custom Collaborative at 102 Bradhurst avenue, New York, NY 10039. Or, drop off fabric at 81 Claremont Avenue on any Friday between 10 am and 5 pm.

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  17. Beautiful print/color on you. The dress fit is great. You look lovely!

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  18. Love the color and print It looks great on you

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  19. What a lovely dress. Carolyn, red looks great on you. And Samantha and Joshua are adorable.

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  20. Your dress is beautiful - what a great creative take on fall dressing!
    I live in Alaska, and am visiting NYC this week. Because of your recommendation I went to Metro Textiles this afternoon. I had gone thru a number of fabric stores and was completely overwhelmed. Kasha was fabulous!!! He helped me pick fabrics that coordinate and I love, and the prices were unbelievably good! Thank you so much for sharing about him - he and his store are the best!

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  21. Wow! That is a glorious dress I love the color and the print and it looks like it moves very nicely too

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  22. Woww!!!you and that dress are beautiful.

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  23. That is an amazing dress on you. It's just perfect, and suits you to a T.

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  24. This dress is one of my favorites on you! Your grandchildren are absolutely precious!

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