Vogue 8742 – Knit Dress

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My most recent project is a knit dress from a pattern that is now out of print. I made this dress a few years ago with long sleeves and have wanted to make a sleeveless version ever since. Sewists are starting to think of Fall sewing but here on the Central Coast of California we’re about to get our warmest weather of the year and I can’t wait!

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I lowered the neckline about 3″ on this version. I also lined the dress with a lightweight knit because my fabric was somewhat sheer. The other change I made was to add an invisible zipper to the back. The dress as drafted has a keyhole opening in the back which works great if your fabric has two-way stretch as recommended on the pattern. My fabric only has crosswise stretch and I was nervous that this might make it challenging to get the dress on and off.

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I’m always worried when inserting a zipper in a lightweight knit. I fear this may cause puckering. I applied thin strips of interfacing along the edges before inserting the zipper. This worked out great. The zipper lies nice and flat.

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The print is very busy and does not show the front seam gathers very well in the pictures. Below are the line drawings from the pattern. The seams on this dress allow for a wonderful fit.

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Below is a picture of the dress I made a few years ago using this pattern.

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18 thoughts on “Vogue 8742 – Knit Dress

  1. Both of the dresses are gorgeous, as per your usual! The new one is so summery and feminine, perfect for warm days and nights! Will be cute with a jacket over it, when the weather cools off a bit. That long-sleeved plaid version is adorable, too! You look great in everything you wear, though; so unfair! LOL!

  2. Love this Lucy! Great additions with a lower neck and the addition of a zipper 🙂

    On Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 10:42 PM, My Love Affair With Sewing wrote:

    > Lucy posted: ” My most recent project is a knit dress from a pattern that > is now out of print. I made this dress a few years ago with long sleeves > and have wanted to make a sleeveless version ever since. Sewists are > starting to think of Fall sewing but here on the Cen” >

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